SPOTIFY has unveiled a new "lossless" streaming tier that allows listeners to get their most from their favourite tunes.The "Hi-Fi" plan streams music
SPOTIFY has unveiled a new “lossless” streaming tier that allows listeners to get their most from their favourite tunes.
The “Hi-Fi” plan streams music in a better, CD-quality format – an option already offered by competitors Tidal and Amazon Music.
The news was announced at the Swedish company’s Spotify “Stream On” virtual event on Monday.
Spotify HiFi will be available later this year and “will deliver music in CD-quality, lossless audio format to your device”, the company said.
It added that the subscription tier “means fans will be able to experience more depth and clarity while enjoying their favourite tracks.”
Currently, Spotify’s audio quality maxes out at 320kbps, which it calls “very high quality” in its settings menu.
This is available to Spotify Premium subscribers at a cost of £9.99 ($9.99) per month.
Under the new plan, users will have the option to boost the quality of their tunes to match that of CDs.
While Spotify did not reveal the quality of streams under its new tier, HiFi plans offered by other services tops out at around 1400 kbps.
Spotify did not reveal the pricing of its new service, which will only be available in “select markets”, but it’s likely to be pricey.
Currently, Amazon Music HD costs up to £14.99 per month while Tidal’s “HIFI” plan is priced at £19.99.
Musicians Billie Eilish and Finneas were involved in promotion for Spotify as part of Monday’s online event.
“Higher quality audio means just more info,” they said.
“There’s just things you will not hear if you don’t have a good sound system.”
It’s been a busy week for Spotify.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a surprise appearance at the firm’s Stream On event – their first after sharing on Valentine’s Day that they are expecting their second child.
The couple appeared from their California mansion to talk about their production company, Archewell Audio, which will create podcasts exclusively on Spotify.
Also announced on Monday is an exclusive new podcast series starringrock star Bruce Springsteen and former US president Barack Obama.
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