Spotify to launch 'Hi-Fi' lossless streaming for additional monthly fee

Spotify has been among the main players in the music streaming game for a good few years now. In recent times, it has faced stiff competition from the likes of Apple Music and Tidal among others. While each service has the basic virtue of music streaming and discovery in common, there are a few key differences. One of Tidal's main attractions, for example, is its superior 'HiFi' service, which allows users to stream CD quality lossless tracks for an additional fee. Now, it looks like Spotify also wants to give users access to true CD quality (i.e. 16-bit, 44.1 kHz) audio through its service. 

The Spotify Hi-Fi service hasn't been officially launched, though it appears that the necessary behind-the-scenes adjustments are being made. As such, some Spotify users are being prompted with invitations to the new service which will apparently cost between $5 and $10 extra per month. 

A concerted move to tap into the growing number of audio snobs wannabe audiophiles music fans conscious about the quality of their content, specific prices and bundles are a little unclear for now. Some users have been met with a pop-up offering Spotify Hi-Fi along with a free vinyl and discounts on vinyl purchases -- all for as little as $5 extra. Others, meanwhile, have been presented with half of the aforementioned perks at double the cost, though there could be currency discrepancies in play. It remains to be seen how much Spotify will actually charge when Hi-Fi does launch, but it's clear that the Swedish firm is throwing the gauntlet down to competitors like Tidal. 

Spotify Premium currently offers lossy files up to 320 kpbs which, for many, is quite enough. But with smartphones now rolling with in-built DACs and the requisite ports to accommodate a more accomplished audio experience, it's about time Spotify did likewise. 

Would you pay an extra 5 to 10 dollars for lossless audio on Spotify? Let us know in the comments below. 

source: The Verge

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5 Comments

1. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

This is great news....Just discovered this new app that sells hi Fiona 16 and 24 bit tracks. I currently use Google play music for my streaming ,but I'd consider switching back to Spotify.

2. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Cool! I wish Google Play Music and all other music streaming providers would start to add Hi-Fi music as well. Give your music audience a choice. If we're willing to pay, give us the option.

3. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

I more wish that these popular 'streaming' services would choose to play their music Libraries at the exact speed and pitch they were originally recorded at. Not 3% to 5% faster and higher in pitch just to get through the body of a song faster. Show me a web-service that meets that requirement and I'll sign up right away.

4. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

"Would you pay an extra 5 to 10 dollars for lossless audio on Spotify? Let us know in the comments below. " I'm currently subscribing to Tidal, so, if Spotify undercuts Tidal's fee, I'm only as loyal as the monthly renewal. :D

5. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I loved Spotify Premium when I had it. But, all of the music I owned is in the Google Play Music cloud. It wasn't that tedious, but it was a bit annoying having to go between two apps to listen to all my music, which is part of the reason I made the move from Spotify Premium to Google Play Music. I do love the UI and Social aspect to Spotify Premium though. However, I love that Google Play Music is connected to my Google account, so it's easy to login, and it's just native to my Android smartphone. I also love that now, Google Play Music is intertwined with YouTube Red and YouTube Music. So I would really prefer Hi-Fi loseless music to make its way over to Google Play Music mostly, I would consider Amazon Music as well. I would pay extra for it.

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