Spotify recently announced its plans to roll out a new high-end subscription service, called Spotify HiFi, along with other new features and updates. Spotify is working hi-fi. Well, “The news came at the company’s Spotify “Stream On” virtual event.
Spotify HiFi will be available later this year and “will deliver music in CD-quality, lossless audio format to your device and Spotify Connect-enabled speakers, which means fans will be able to experience more depth and clarity while enjoying their favorite tracks.”
Spotify HiFi will provide subscribers with “music in CD-quality lossless audio format”. Listeners will be able to access their improved digital music library through their device and Spotify Connect-enabled speakers.
Currently, Spotify tops out at 320kbps audio. Spotify has done small tests of higher-quality streaming in the past, but now it’s going to launch the feature more widely with the caveat that it’ll be available only “in select markets.” Pricing is yet to be announced. Higher-quality streaming has been among the top requests from its customers, as it stands today, Spotify tops out at 320kbps audio.
Hi-fi! Spotify is getting into the high-quality audio business with Spotify HiFi. At its online-only Stream On event on Monday, Spotify announced Spotify HiFi, a new lossless tier that will be priced at higher than the existing Spotify Premium subscription (Rs. 119 per month / $9.99 per month).
Amazon rolled out Amazon Music HD in 2019. The lossless plan costs $14.99 per month (or $12.99 for Prime customers), a premium over the standard Amazon Music Unlimited service. Tidal, which has supported high-resolution audio since its very beginning, is priced slightly higher at $19.99 monthly for the “Hi-Fi” plan. Tidal offers what it calls “Tidal Masters” that can even exceed high-resolution 96 kHz / 24-bit audio. Smaller services like Qobuz have also sought to appeal to audiophiles with lossless streaming. Billie Eilish touted the feature during Spotify’s event. “High-quality audio means more info,” she said. “There are things you will not hear if you don’t have a good sound system. It’s really important just because we make music that we want to be heard in the way that it was made.”