Apple Music For Android Now Has Lossless And Spacial Audio Support

  • Alexander Brown
  • 15 Jun 2021

Apple Music has finally upgraded its Android app with lossless and spatial audio modes. The update is yet to be widely available, although beta testing is in full swing.

Starting this June, Apple Music promised lossless audio & Dolby Atmos-based 3D spatial sound for all subscribers, with no extra cash. Initially introduced for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, those state-of-the-art sound technologies will be available on soon-to-be-announced Android devices.

The tracks and albums, compatible with the new features, will be marked accordingly with Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos badges. Android listeners will able to hop over a new Audio Quality menu via the Apple Music app and choose from the following settings for AALC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) files:

  • Hi-Res Lossless (up to 24-bit/192kHz);
  • Apple Music Lossless (24-bit/48kHz);
  • CD-quality (16-bit/44.1kHz).

As for data consumption, a 3-minute AALC track can range from 1.5 MB to 14 MB, depending on the chosen quality. The entire Apple Music catalog for Android is expected to be available in the new top-tier sound by the end of 2021.

The Android update also comes with other improvements such as auto-crossfading between the songs and inline library search.

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