Spotify Launching 'HiFi' Lossless Streaming Option Later This Year

Spotify today announced plans to introduce a new "HiFi" premium tier later this year, which will provide higher-quality lossless audio. According to Spotify, the feature will offer CD-quality music that will let fans experience more depth and clarity in their favorite tracks.

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Streaming music services like Tidal, Deezer, and Amazon Music have offered lossless audio options but to date, Spotify and Apple Music have not provided higher quality streaming options.

Spotify is ‌Apple Music‌'s main competitor, so with Spotify planning a HiFi music option, Apple could be planning to also offer higher quality streaming in an effort to remain competitive. A lossless audio tier would also pair well with Apple's high-end AirPods Max headphones that were released in late 2020.

There's no pricing information available at this time, but Amazon Music's lossless tier is priced at $14.99 per month ($12.99 for Prime subscribers), while Tidal charges $19.99 per month and Deezer charges $14.99 for its high fidelity plan. Spotify plans to launch HiFi in select markets later in the year, and it will be a premium tier add-on.

HiFi was introduced at Spotify's Stream On event, which can be watched in full on YouTube.


At the event, Spotify also said that it plans to expand to more than 80 new markets in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America, which allows the service to reach over 1 billion potential new customers. A full list of countries where Spotify will soon be available can be found on Spotify's website.

Other announcements included Spotify's new Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen "Renegade" podcast, new interactive podcast features for creators like polls and Q&A tools, and new music promotion resources for artists.

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Top Rated Comments

Bornee35 Avatar
8 months ago

Apple Music not innovating in this space
yeah get that sweet HIFI straight to your bluetooth 320kbps codec. It's a gimmick.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nycSAN Avatar
8 months ago
Not sure why Apple hasn’t done this. They have ALAC already. Make it Apple Music+, include in higher end One bundles. It’s kind of obvious.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FactVsOpinion Avatar
8 months ago

Spotify today announced plans ('https://newsroom.spotify.com/2021-02-22/five-things-to-know-about-spotify-hifi/') to introduce a new "HiFi" premium tier later this year, which will provide higher-quality lossless audio.
I honestly believe this would just be paying more money for no audible difference.

Maybe your dog will appreciate it.

Check this out:
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving Avatar
8 months ago
This is a great addition!!! So stoked.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fabian90 Avatar
8 months ago

As far as I know Spotify currently streams 320kbps mp3. Ain't that CD-quality ?
nope, CD is 1411 Kbit
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Macaday Avatar
8 months ago
Hopefully this will now push Apple to do it. It’s not for everyone but would be very welcomed by me.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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