Apple Music listeners on Android can now take advantage of the Dolby Atmos spatial audio and lossless streaming features that debuted over a month ago on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. The latest update of the app for Android adds support for both features.
Lossless should be pretty universally available on Android devices. Apple includes the same warnings as on iOS that it consumes “considerably more data”. As on Apple’s own platforms, Apple Music recommends that external hardware such as a DAC is required if you want to move to hi-res lossless. (I’m curious if this still applies to LG’s audiophile-friendly phones, which have an excellent built-in DAC, but haven’t had a chance to test yet.)
Spatial audio support on the Android side, however, seems more limited. While the feature works with any pair of headphones—just like it does on the iPhone—Apple notes that your phone itself must support Dolby Atmos to enable spatial audio. On my Pixel 4A 5G, there is no option for “Dolby Atmos” in the audio section of Apple Music settings. Other colleagues with more flagship devices have a switch for Atmos there. So I think that’s the easiest way to see if your phone can play audio spatially.
The beta version of Apple Music for Android actually hinted that lossless and hi-res audio would be coming to the service even before Apple made an official announcement. But now both are available in the regular Apple Music app for Android.