Apple Music Lossless audio is a major upgrade that Apple has added to its streaming service in an attempt to stand out against its rivals, Spotify, Tidal, and Amazon Music HD. Surprisingly, Apple’s own AirPods lineup doesn’t support it.
However, one question that many people are asking is whether Apple Lossless Audio works on Android devices? Let’s find out. Also, here are some important things about Apple Lossless music that you should know.
Can I Use Apple Music Lossless on Android?
Yes, Apple’s new audio features such as Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio and Lossless CD-quality music playback are coming to Android devices too. However, the feature is available as part of Apple Music for Android beta release.
If you’re running the Apple Music Android beta, you can tap on the three-dots > Settings > Audio Quality > Enable Lossless audio toggle button. Next, tap on WiFi/Cellular streaming quality and pick from Lossless (24-bit/48kHz) and Hi-Res Lossless (24-bit/192KHz) options.
Many newer Android devices should be able to play Lossless audio via wired headphones without any issues. However, the Hi-Res quality requires an external DAC adapter unless there is one built-in.
How to get Apple Music for Android Beta?
Unfortunately, you can’t. To date of publishing this article, all slots for the Apple Music beta release are full. Hence, new users can’t download the beta release.
So, you can ask your friends if they haven’t already subscribed to the beta program and try lossless music on their device to get a better idea.
How much data is used by Apple Lossless on Android?
Without a doubt, lossless audio consumes way more data than a typical AAC song. For regular lossless (24-bit/48kHz), a three-minute song will take around 38MB of space on your device. While for Hi-Res (24-bit/192kHz), the same song will charge you 145MB of space.
Are there any Android devices with DAC support?
Yes, some Android smartphones come with built-in DAC support, so you don’t need an external adapter. The list includes LG G5, LG V60 ThinQ, and Razer Phone 2.