Recently, Apple announced that it will be introducing a new Lossless audio tier to the Apple Music app. Lossless will provide high-quality audio to stream to all Apple Music subscribers. Included in the tier is the ability to listen to High-Res Lossless audio as well as support for Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos.
Although the new Lossless audio tier will be available on the Android version of the app, MySmartPrice is reporting that Dolby Atmos support will not be available at launch in June. The report states that there is no confirmation of whether Dolby Atmos support will end up landing on the Android version at a later date.
The Apple Music Android app supports lossless audio wirelessly through DAC and apt-X HD. When speaking to Apple, a representative told MySmartPrice the following:
LDAC and apt-X will work in the sense that a) deliver lossless to the device and b) you’ll get great playback. The nuance that comes into play is that bluetooth itself is not truly lossless, even though LDAC and apt-X are considered hi-fi. The only way an audiophile would consider something lossless end-to-end given the fact that bluetooth itself is not lossless, is if the headphones are wired,” Apple says.
Over on Apple’s hardware, the company confirmed that the AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max will not support the Lossless audio tier. However, they will support Spatial Audio as well as Dolby Atmos as it appears that the feature is exclusive to Apple products.