Spotify HiFi To Arrive Later This Year
Spotify, which was once an unrivalled audio streaming service, is facing competition from the likes of Tidal. The service currently offers an audio quality of 320 kbps.
Platforms like Tidal offer high-quality lossless audio, marking its place as an alternative to the popular streaming service. Having said that, only Spotify Premium users get access to 320 kbps.
Free users are only able to stream songs at 160 kbps. To keep up with its competitors, Spotify will soon start offering HiFi services starting later this year. HiFi offers CD-quality lossless audio that will start from 1411 kbps. This is more than four times the quality the company is offering currently to its Premium users.
Spotify HiFi Release Date
According to a blog post by Five Things to Know about Spotify HiFi, the company says the service will be available later this year. The service will be available as an upgrade to the Premium version.
Initially, the service will be available in “select markets”. That means we might see the feature in the US and European markets since the company focuses on these regions. Having said that, Spotify currently offers its services in more than 80 countries.
Keep in mind that you will not be able to hear all your favourite songs on HiFi. Moreover, not every Spotify Connect device will make the transition to HiFi.
Spotify HiFi Pricing
According to the blog post, the company will offer its HiFi service as an upgrade to its Premium plan. No details about the pricing are available as of now. One thing for sure is that it will cost more than Premium, which currently costs $9.99 per month.
While not all records will make the transition to HiFi, speculations suggest that millions of songs will make the switch.
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