Apple Music’s Android app to support lossless tier but no Dobly Atmos support for now
Apple Music’s Android app is not going to get Dolby Atmos support when it launches.
Apple recently announced the lossless audio support on Apple Music that's going to roll out next month. This high-quality audio streaming service will be made available to all Apple Music subscribers at their current subscription rate. Apple has also confirmed that the lossless tier, including the Hi-Resolution Lossless tier, is also coming to the Apple Music Android app. The teardown of Apple Music 3.6 beta done by 9to5Google revealed the “existence of lossless streaming on Android”, so this bit of news is not surprising.
Additionally, MySmartPrice reports that while the Apple Music Android app will get the lossless tier, Dolby Atmos support is not coming to the app when this hi-res feature launches. There's no information yet if Dobly Atmos support is going to come on the Android app later. And just to remind everyone, the Spatial Audio feature is exclusive to Apple's own hardware only.
Apple Music's Android app supporting the lossless tier means that you will be able to stream lossless music over LDAC and apt-X HD wirelessly. “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.
So, if you really want the best experience, you will have to connect your smartphone to a dedicated external DAC. This aside, Apple has also said that the AirPods Max, AirPods Pro, and the AirPods will not support the lossless tier, however, they will support Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos.