Spotify is going hi-fi. Well, “HiFi.” It’s taken longer than competitors like Tidal and Amazon Music, but today, the leading subscription music service announced a new lossless streaming tier that will allow listeners to get the most from their digital music library. The news came at today’s Spotify “Stream On” virtual event.
Spotify HiFi will be available later this year, according to the company, 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 has tested higher-quality streaming in the past, but now it’s going to launch the new subscription more widely — but still “in select markets.” Pricing is yet to be announced. But higher-quality streaming has apparently been among the top requests from its customers. As it stands today, Spotify tops out at 320kbps audio.
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.
Apple Music still lacks any kind of lossless streaming tier, despite Apple selling the very high-end AirPods Max headphones.
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