Thanks maybe to the launch of TIDAL placing strain on bigger music providers to ship lossless-quality streaming, audiophiles have a number of completely different choices nowadays. Not solely can these in search of high-quality music discover it by means of TIDAL, however Amazon additionally affords an identical premium streaming service of its personal. Quickly, Spotify shall be throwing its hat in that specific ring, saying at this time that it will likely be launching a brand new streaming tier referred to as Spotify HiFi later this 12 months.
Spotify HiFi will at first be accessible to “Spotify Premium subscribers in choose markets,” however sadly for us, Spotify doesn’t get extra particular than that. The corporate does say that its HiFi streaming tier will provide music in a “CD-quality, lossless audio format.” It’s launching as a part of Spotify Join, so Spotify HiFi songs will have the ability to play on audio system that assist Spotify Join.
Spotify says that top high quality music streaming is one thing that’s been persistently requested by customers, which makes one surprise why it’s taken Spotify so lengthy to roll out such an choice. Nonetheless, even when Spotify was dragging its heels on rolling out a high-quality choice, it appears to be beating Apple to the punch right here, giving it a leg up on considered one of its greatest rivals.
In the meanwhile, we don’t know the way a lot Spotify Join goes to value, and that’s going to be an necessary factor for lots of subscribers. Amazon’s high-quality providing runs $14.99 whereas TIDAL’s is priced at $19.99, so we will most likely count on Spotify HiFi to fall someplace inside that vary.
In brief, there are quite a lot of issues we don’t learn about Spotify HiFi in the intervening time, so we’ll have to attend till the corporate shares extra later this 12 months. One factor is for certain: the music streaming wars are heating up additional with Spotify providing its personal high-quality streaming tier, so it most likely gained’t be for much longer earlier than we hear Apple saying one thing comparable.