Android users can now enjoy Apple Music’s Lossless and Spatial Audio with the latest update. The feature first started rolling out to iOS users back in June with Apple offering these new formats at no extra cost to subscribers.
The Lossless tier essentially brings high-resolution audio to the streaming service that starts with a CD Quality of 16 bit / 44.1kHz and can go all the way up to 24 bit / 48 kHz. For audiophiles, the quality can go all the way up to 24 bit / 192kHz.
The Spatial Audio filter takes 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos content and applies directional audio filters that put sound in a 3D sphere. This gives you a very immersive experience as if the music is coming at you from every angle.
To experience Spatial Audio, you can use any headphones like AirPods Pro and AirPods Max as well as Beats headphones that will play Spatial Audio automatically. For other headphones, you will need to enable Dolby Atmos in your device’s music settings.
For listening to Lossless Audio, you would need to have a wired connection that is capable of playing hi-res audio. Any wireless headphones including Apple’s own ones compress audio to some levels and are not truly lossless.