Spotify recently announced it would give users what they’ve been demanding for years; high-quality music streaming. It’s nearly time for your playlists to receive the premium treatment.
At their virtual event, Stream On, Spotify announced they would be launch their long awaited Spotify HiFi. Starting later this year, Spotify Premium subscribers will be able to access CD quality, lossless audio on their devices. This long awaited feature has pleased many audiophiles. It will rolled out in select markets to begin with, expanding to more markets as time goes on – more details will be announced soon.
Spotify will join the handful of other streaming stores offering high quality, lossless audio, such as Tidal, Deezer and Amazon. Spotify says that their HiFi service will be compatible with Spotify Connect. This means you’ll be able to seamlessly access high quality music from your mobile, computer or Connect-supported speakers and devices.
“Ubiquity is at the core of everything we do at Spotify, and we’re working with some of the world’s biggest speaker manufacturers to make Spotify HiFi accessible to as many fans as possible through Spotify Connect”Spotify – https://newsroom.spotify.com/2021-02-22/five-things-to-know-about-spotify-hifi/?fbclid=IwAR3u4cB6cbyPXnZqHeXnzAOsVdeVQoEzaHiY7Dn6tTxYx050n9Njz7PG0Vk
Spotify users who pay for premium are currently limited to 320kbps. Free users get half that at 160kbps, which is equivalent to an MP3. There are arguments that question if most people can tell the difference between standard 320kbps audio and CD-quality lossless audio. If you’re wondering whether you can tell the difference, get your ears ready and take a little test; it’s more difficult than you think!
Spotify say they will soon be rolling out more details about this service, such as price, compatible devices, launch dates and the territories it’ll launch in.
Still not convinced? Want to learn more? Check out this video in which Billie Eilish and FINNEAS speak about why lossless audio is so important for fans and creators.