Today during its live Spotify Stream On event, the streaming music company announced that it will launch Spotify HiFi, a new option for its premium subscribers, which will give them access to lossless, high-quality music streams later this year .
Audio in Spotify is described as “lossless CD-quality”, well above the company’s current 320kbps, lossy streaming quality. It stated that high quality music streaming is one of the most requested new features by its users consistently.
Spotify has not yet revealed when the new HiFi tier will launch or what it will cost, saying only that “premium subscribers in select markets will be able to upgrade their sound quality to spotify HiFi and the way The artists intended to be able to listen to their favorite songs. “
Many other music streaming services such as Tidal and Amazon Music have offered lossless quality audio for years, which is double the price you would pay for a standard service. With Spotify’s massive reach and number of subscribers, its HiFi service could be a move that eventually pushes other players like Apple Music and YouTube Music into a lossless CD-quality space – something that they have so far Is opposed.
Spotify showcased the new service with a video by Billy Eylish and Finace, in which the pair discussed the importance of a high-quality sound system while listening to tracks created in the studio.
“High-quality audio means more information,” says Billy Eilish in the video. “There are things you won’t hear if you don’t have a good sound system.”
Letting people stream high-quality audio is one thing, but if your speakers aren’t set to receive that better stream, you won’t hear much difference. So Spotify says it is working with “some of the world’s largest speaker manufacturers” to ensure that Spotify HiFi works when using Spotify Connect.
It is worth noting that lossless CD-quality streaming tiers such as Spotify HiFi, Tidal HiFi, and Amazon Music HD are the best when you listen through Wi-Fi over high-quality wireless speakers. Bluetooth connections – even those that use better codecs such as aptX – are still considered lossy and will add some additional compression to these streams before listening to them on your wireless headphones or true wireless earbuds.
We should also point out that while lossless CD-quality is better than typical music streams, it is not considered hi-res audio, which is usually classified as CD-quality.