Apple Music for Android is picking up a couple of new features – Dolby Atmos spatial audio and lossless-quality streaming. Both features were announced during the company’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) last month. They debuted on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS soon after the announcement. Android version of the app is also now picking up the new features.
Like on Apple platforms, high-resolution lossless streaming requires an external DAC (digital-to-analog converter) on Android as well. As The Verge notes, it’s unclear whether LG phones that have “excellent” built-in DAC still require the external hardware piece. The rest works similarly to Apple platforms, with the app showing warnings that lossless streaming will consume “significantly more data.”
Dolby Atmos spatial audio, meanwhile, isn’t as universal as Apple devices. It only works with Android devices that support Dolby Atmos. So users of devices like the Pixel 4a 5G are out of luck. But if your phone supports Dolby Atmos, i.e. you have a more flagship-tier handset, spatial audio works with any headphones. That said, the two-year-old Samsung mid-ranger Galaxy A50 also supports Dolby Atmos. So it’s not entirely about the price or how recent a device is. If you’re an audiophile, you might want to check for Dolby Atmos support next time you buy a new phone.
Apple Music for Android gets better with high-res lossless streaming
Apple Music is one of the best music streaming apps for Android. Granted, it’s better suited for people who are more invested in the Apple ecosystem. But it has plenty to offer for Android users as well. The experience is fairly similar on both platforms, with identical navigation menus. The app boasts a collection of over 75 million songs, with lyrics, offline playback, and tons of other features. You can even upload your own music library so that you can listen to it wherever you go.
As for pricing, an Apple Music subscription costs $9.99 per month. The$14.99 family plan will give access to up to six people. Students, meanwhile, can access the entire Apple Music library at just $4.99 per month for up to four years. New users also get three months of free trials.
The newly-added features don’t affect the pricing structure, at least not as yet. So these are nice additions to have, for both Apple and Android users. In the case of Apple devices, the new features rolled out over server-side updates. Android users, meanwhile, need to update the Apple Music app from the Google Play Store (link below). If there’s no update available, check back after a day or two. You can also enable auto-updates for the new version to install automatically on your device as soon as it becomes available.