Last week, Apple introduced new features for Apple Music, namely Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos/Spatial Audio. The feature is now available for Apple Music on Android. Initially, the new feature was only available for Apple Music on Mac, iOS, and iPadOS devices. However, now this feature is available on Android. Although only available for users who are beta testers.
Not only Lossless Audio and Spatial Audio, but Apple Music on Android also gets an automatic crossfade feature and several other features. For now, it is only available to users who signed up to become beta tester. The Spatial Audio/Dolby Atmos feature also only supports devices that are compatible with the feature.
Once the app is updated to version v.3.6, users will find additional settings. Includes audio quality settings which are divided into four options, namely:
- High Efficiency: AAC with low data usage (Cellular Only)
- High Quality: AAC 256 kbps
- Lossless: ALAC up to 24-bit/48kHz
- High-resolution Lossless: ALAC up to 24-bit/192kHz
It must be remembered, this lossless format requires a fast internet connection and also large storage. Apple says a 3-minute song at 24 bit/192kHz is up to 145MB in size. While at 24bit/38kHz the size is 36MB.
For the Hi-resolution Lossless option, an external digital to analog converter (DAC) is needed that can process files with such quality. It can also be done via an Android device that can process files of that size, such as the LG flagship HP lineup in the G and V series. It can also be a digital audio player (DAP) that uses Android as its operating system.
Initially, there were 20 million songs available in Lossless quality. Apple is targeting all songs on Apple Music, which number more than 75 million, to be Lossless by the end of 2021.