Apple has now announced that apple music shall be getting some upgrades in the sound quality department by June this year. This was about its new spatial audio with Dolby Atmos and lossless encoding features. However, this would mean that the apple official music for an android app will not be updated at this time with support for Dolby Atmos.
The reason was not provided for such an update, but it could be suing to hardware requirements associated with the decoding of Dolby Atmos audio. Premium android handsets do support Dolby atmos. Apple can also decide to implement this feature later via a future update to apple music for android.
What is meant by Dolby Atmos?
Dolby Atmos was developed by Dolby laboratories. Dolby Atmos is a great sound experience. It feels like surround sound technology that lets sounds be rendered as three-dimensional objects, with support for height channels.
Dolby Atmos first made its debut at cinemas providing a richer experience to viewers. Dolby Atmos is now a consumer technology found in many home cinema setups. Dolby Atmos is supported across many latest iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs.
When it comes to spatial audio, then it's exclusive to Apple platforms. The device takes a recording encoded in a surround sound format like Dolby Atmos and others with spatial audio. Then it applies Apple's directional audio filters to it. This is how users get to experience a virtual surround soundscape with the sound surrounding them from all directions. This is possible even when you wear a pair of stereo earphones like air pods.
Setting up spatial audio on your Apple devices:
On the iPhone and iPad devices, it is possible to set up spatial audio. Spatial audio tracks head movement via built-in sensors to let the sound field stay relevant to the device and the voice to the actor or action on screen.
Spatial audio lets you enjoy supported tracks on apple music in virtual sound, though dynamic head tracking will not be supported. This is by design because the dynamic head track is mostly used for movie soundtracks.
Music and movie sound has special effects with Dolby and spatial sound effects. It's a great loss to android users this time, as they no longer will be able to get this special arrangement. As apple music eradicates Dolby Atmos audio format, users will have to opt for different sound quality arrangements or wait for further updates.
There is no sense in implementing Dolby Atmos support on apple music for android devices if there is no spatial audio support. However, apple music shall get spatial audio, which works best with Dolby Atmos content. By spatial audio currently being exclusive only to Apple hardware, it's going to be an unappealing experience for android users for a while. For the time being, users can go for other sound arrangements or wait for further updates on apple music for android users.