Apple Music for Android Reportedly Won't Support Dolby Atmos

Apple Music on Android devices will not include Dolby Atmos support when Apple launches Spatial Audio on the streaming service in June. That's the claim from MySmartPrice, which says it received confirmation from Apple India that the sound technology would not be crossing the divide between Apple and Android ecosystems.

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For anyone confused by all the audio nomenclature that's been bandied about since the ‌Apple Music‌ announcement on Monday, Dolby Atmos is based on surround sound technology that first appeared in cinemas but is now found in many home cinema setups.

It improves on standard 5.1 and 7.1 channel setups by adding extra channels that sound as if they're coming from overhead, resulting in a more immersive experience. The virtualized technology has since been used by sound engineers to enrich the recordings of both original and remixed music tracks.

Spatial Audio, based on Dolby Atmos, is basically Apple's way of delivering a similar immersive three-dimensional audio to listeners through Apple hardware. Spatial Audio takes Dolby Atmos signals and applies its own directional audio filters to make sounds appear to be coming from all around you. However, as mentioned, it only works on Apple devices and Apple headphones like AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, and there's no dynamic head tracking for Spatial Audio music like there is for movie soundtracks.

It's not clear exactly why Dolby Atmos won't be available for ‌Apple Music‌ users on Android when it launches, but it could be due to the lack of control Apple has over the handset and tablet hardware used, or perhaps rollout could come later. On the flip side, however, the higher quality Lossless audio streaming tier that Apple announced this week will be available on Apple Music for Android.

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AhRiHmAn Avatar
42 months ago
Yesterday many comment were like "Spotify is dead" but now that we know all those things about AirPods , HomePods not compatible and now this about Dolby Atmos on Android , I think Spotify is not scared at all anymore.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
krspkbl Avatar
42 months ago
i know some people will think "It's only android who cares!" but Apple has totally messed up this whole announcement. If Apple really want to seriously compete with Spotify then they need to get their **** together and focus on not just people who buy iPhones/Macs but those with Androids and Windows PCs.


Yesterday many comment were like "Spotify is dead" but now that we know all those things about AirPods , HomePods not compatible and now this about Dolby Atmos on Android , I think Spotify is not scared at all anymore.
Apple has a long way to go before they can match Spotify. Apple Music is a great service but only if you own an Apple device. Spotify works great on everything.

I'm on my 3 month trial of AM and it's great on my 12 Pro Max. Using CarPlay is great (when the Music app launches...) but it's a god awful experience on Windows. Also, it's non existent on my TV which I would sometimes play music on.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Expos of 1969 Avatar
42 months ago

i know some people will think "It's only android who cares!" but Apple has totally messed up this whole announcement. If Apple really want to seriously compete with Spotify then they need to get their **** together and focus on not just people who buy iPhones/Macs but those with Androids and Windows PCs.


Apple has a long way to go before they can match Spotify. Apple Music is a great service but only if you own an Apple device. Spotify works great on everything.

I'm on my 3 month trial of AM and it's great on my 12 Pro Max. Using CarPlay is great (when the Music app launches...) but it's a god awful experience on Windows. Also, it's non existent on my TV which I would sometimes play music on.
Owning an Apple device does not guarantee Apple Music being a great service. On my brand new MacBook Air M1 Apple Music is terrible. Slow as molasses, buggy, search is garbage as it is on all Apple devices. However, Spotify is very good on the same Mac. Super fast and responsive, not buggy at all.

Things are seriously messed up in Apple HQ when they either cannot or have little interest in making Apple Music work smoothly in their own Operating System. What a way to run an operation...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Musicfanatic815 Avatar
42 months ago

Owning an Apple device does not guarantee Apple Music being a great service. On my brand new MacBook Air M1 Apple Music is terrible. Slow as molasses, buggy, search is garbage as it is on all Apple devices. However, Spotify is very good on the same Mac. Super fast and responsive, not buggy at all.

Things are seriously messed up in Apple HQ when they either cannot or have little interest in making Apple Music work smoothly in their own Operating System. What a way to run an operation...
Agreed!! I thought it was just me! Apple Music on my M1 MacBook Pro is horrendous! Very slow, doesn’t always load when clicking on listen, browse, radio etc…. Spotify has no issues on the same device.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vagos Avatar
42 months ago

I'm on my 3 month trial of AM and it's great on my 12 Pro Max but it's a god awful experience on Windows.
Exactly. The right way to build an ecosystem is to offer great user experience everywhere. Not by being good only in your own hardware.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CJM Avatar
42 months ago
They need to update iTunes on Windows before I give up Spotify.
As the above commenter mentioned, people use a range of devices and platforms and high end streaming hardware often has Spotify built right in, saving you from having to AirPlay to the device from your phone.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)