Apple Music’s spatial audio and lossless streaming are now available on Android

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The Verge 23 July, 2021 - 08:25am 51 views

What is lossless audio?

What is lossless audio compression? Most audio compression techniques lose some amount of data contained in the original source file. Lossless compression is a form of compression that preserves all of the original data. apple.comAbout lossless audio in Apple Music

The company first announced that it's making the streaming options available to subscribers at no extra charge back in May, promising immersive experiences similar to what Tidal HiFi and Amazon Music HD offer. Both options arrived for Apple users back in June, but they're limited to certain albums. Apple promised to make Dolby Atmos content easy to find with curated playlists and special badges, though, and it said lossless streaming will eventually come to its entire catalog with 75 million tracks.

You will need to use compatible speakers or headphones to be able to enjoy these new immersive listening experiences, though. Apple previously said that AirPods and Beats earbuds and headphones with an H1 or W1 chip, as well as the speakers on the latest iPhones, iPads and Macs will work with Dolby's spatial audio. You'd have to look up your device's features to make sure it can also access spatial audio streaming. Meanwhile, lossless audio requires a wired connection and won't work with wireless audio devices. 

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Apple clarifies which devices support Apple Music Spatial Audio with built-in speakers

9to5Mac 23 July, 2021 - 11:02am

In an update to a support document today, Apple has clarified which of its devices feature support for Spatial Audio playback in Apple Music. While Apple had once said that older devices such as the iPhone XR and iPad Air 3 supported Spatial Audio in Apple Music, that appears to not be the case after all.

First spotted by Holger Eilhard on Twitter, Apple made the change to the support document today to coincide with an Apple Music for Android update. Prior to today’s update, the support document indicated that Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos in Apple Music was supported on:

But with today’s change, Apple now says that Apple Music Spatial Audio is supported on:

This means that Apple Music Spatial Audio is not in fact supported on the iPad mini 5, the iPhone XR, or the standard iPad 6, iPad 7, or iPad 8.

As noted by MacRumors, the Apple Music website at one point even indicated that Spatial Audio worked on the iPhone 7 or later, but that was changed in June to say the iPhone XR or later. Apple will likely update the Apple Music website soon to again reflect the change that was announced in the support document today.

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Apple Music's Spatial Audio Feature Doesn't Work With Built-In Speakers of iPhone XR, iPad, or iPad mini

MacRumors 23 July, 2021 - 11:02am

Prior to today's update, this support document said that spatial audio was also compatible with the iPhone XR, the iPad mini 5, the ‌iPad Air‌ 3, and the 6th to 8th-generation iPads.

The built-in speakers on an iPhone XR or later (except iPhone SE), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation or later), iPad Pro 11-inch, iPad (6th generation or later), iPad Air (3rd generation or later), or iPad mini (5th generation)

The built-in speakers on an iPhone XS or later (except iPhone SE), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation or later), iPad Pro 11-inch, or iPad Air (4th generation)

Apple has not yet updated the footnote on its Apple Music page with the latest information on supported devices, and this is not the first time that Apple has offered confusing information on which devices work with spatial audio.

An earlier version of the Apple Music page at one point said that spatial audio worked with the ‌iPhone‌ 7 or later, but that was updated to say ‌iPhone XR‌ in June. Apple will likely soon update the footnote again to reflect the new data, which indicates spatial audio is limited to newer iPhones and iPads.

Those who have older iPhones and iPads can still access spatial audio with several headphone options including AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, Beats X, Beats Solo3 Wireless, Beats Studio3, Powerbeats3 Wireless, Beats Flex, Powerbeats Pro, Beats Solo Pro, or Beats Studio Buds.

On Macs, all of the above listed headphone options work as well as the built-in speakers on MacBook Pro (2018 model or later), MacBook Air (2018 model or later), or iMac (2021 model).

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Apple Music App for Android Gains Spatial Audio and Lossless Quality

MacRumors 23 July, 2021 - 11:02am

In this update, Apple Music adds a spatial listening experience on compatible devices, with thousands of tracks in Dolby Atmos available at launch.

In the Settings menu of the ‌Apple Music‌ app on Android, users can access an "Audio Quality" sub-menu with options to enable Lossless Audio and choose between different tiers where applicable.

Apple does not provide specific details on which Android devices are able to support the ‌Apple Music‌ features, and suggests in a support document that Android users check with their device's manufacturer.

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Apple Music Spatial and Lossless Audio, automatic crossfade now widely rolled out on Android

9to5Google 23 July, 2021 - 11:02am

Alongside WWDC 2021, Apple rolled out a bunch of features for its Music streaming service. The Lossless and Spatial Audio update, as well as other enhancements, are now available for Apple Music on Android.

Update 7/22: Version 3.6 of Apple Music with spatial listening, lossless audio, automatic crossfade, and library search enhancements is now rolling out via the Play Store to all existing and new users. The test period for those that signed-up for the beta channel lasted just over a month, and ended this afternoon.

In this update, Apple Music adds a spatial listening experience on compatible devices, with thousands of tracks in Dolby Atmos available at launch.

Original 6/14: These new features require signing up for the beta channel in the Play Store, and are not yet rolled out to stable users. It should roll out to all devices soon.

Once updated, you’ll have access to Spatial listening “on compatible devices,” with Apple touting “thousands of tracks in Dolby Atmos available at launch.” The company has usefully curated a playlist of available songs, while you can look for the “Dolby Atmos” badge that appears just above the list of tracks on an album page. 

That’s also how you check for “Lossless.” In Settings, there is a new “Audio Quality” menu to enable “Lossless Audio.” Preference let you choose between the different tiers and where it applies (Cellular, Wi-Fi Streaming, or Downloads):

Meanwhile, Apple Music for Android now offers Automatic Crossfade to complement the existing “Manual” option — up to 12 seconds, while there are also library enhancements.

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Apple culls iPhone XR, five iPads from list of devices that support Spatial Audio with built-in speakers

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Apple has shed some light on which specific devices will support the Apple Music Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos, and some older iPhone and iPad models aren't making the cut.

The company on Thursday updated a support document to say that the built-in speakers of the iPhone XR, iPad mini 5, iPad Air 3, and the sixth- to eighth-generation iPads won't support the 3D audio format.

"The built-in speakers on an iPhone XS or later (except iPhone SE), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation or later), iPad Pro 11-inch, or iPad Air (4th generation)," the updated page reads.

Apple's recent changes make for a confusing situation, since the support document previously stated that the iPhone XR or later would support Dolby Atmos using built-in speakers. It said the same thing for the iPad mini 5 and the entry-level iPads.

Despite the lack of speaker support, users with devices that aren't compatible can still listen to Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio using headphones like AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, and a number of Beats by Dre products.

The change to the Apple support document was first spotted by writer and editor Holger Eilhard.

Apple now mentions Android devices as supported for Dolby Atoms in Apple Music. At the same time: bad news for built-in speakers on older iPads and iPhones. See https://t.co/c3K4hfwGWE pic.twitter.com/FscffqpA3H

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Apple Music spatial audio and lossless support rolls out to Android

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The Android app is now in-line with the iOS one

Version 3.6 of Apple Music for Android was released yesterday. Download it and you should be able to enable both Spatial Audio and lossless audio, according to the release notes (via Engadget).

Apple rolled out the same features to iOS users back in June, granting Apple Music subscribers access to around 20 million tracks in lossless resolution. The full catalogue of over 75 million tracks is due to be available in lossless by the end of this year.

Lossless tracks can only be heard through specific devices, which include the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV 4K. Here's our handy guide on which devices will and won't play lossless.

Apple recently confirmed that the HomePod and HomePod mini will support Apple Music lossless audio in the near future, but neither speaker works with Android devices. Apple has only said that Spatial Audio will work with "compatible devices".

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Apple Music lossless and spatial audio rolling out on Android — here's how they work

Tom's Guide 23 July, 2021 - 07:17am

Hi-Res Audio and 3D sound come to the Apple Music Android app

Upon launching in June, both Apple Music lossless — Apple’s answer to the still-unreleased Spotify HiFi — and the music service’s spatial audio feature were only available on iOS and macOS devices. Now, it's coming to non iPhone users.

I can’t enable either feature on my Android phone at the time of this writing, but Engadget has confirmed they're gradually being added via update.

For the unfamiliar, lossless audio allows Apple Music subscribers to play compatible tracks at a much higher resolution; in other words, at higher quality. That includes support for both "CD quality" 16-bit/44.1kHz streaming or 24-bit/48kHz, which is true Hi-Res Audio.

Spatial audio, conversely, is compatible with a much wider range of playback devices — though we’d still recommend a pair of the best headphones to get the most out of its 3D audio effect. Spatial audio uses Dolby Atmos mastering to make it seem as though different vocal and instrumental elements are playing from all around you — when you’re playing songs in the Apple Music app, look for a Dolby Atmos logo to check if content is available in spatial audio.

You may also need to enable spatial audio in Apple Music’s settings, unless you’re using Apple or Beats headphones that include the Apple H1 or W1 chips. The Apple AirPods, AirPods Pro and Powerbeats Pro, to name a few, should enable spatial audio automatically.

While there’s obviously been a delay in bringing Apple Music lossless and spatial audio to Android, their eventual arrival could be another sign that Apple is loosening up about keeping all its best features within its own ecosystem. The Beats Studio Buds previously hinted at a change in approach, ditching the H1 and W1 chips in favor of a processor that allowed for greater feature and connectivity parity across iOS and Android.

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