Hifi stereo! Spotify is entering the high-quality audio business with Spotify HiFi. At its online-only Stream On event on Monday, Spotify announced Spotify HiFi, a new lossless tier that will be priced higher than the existing Spotify Premium subscription (119 rupees per month / $ 9.99 per month) . Spotify did not provide a price for Spotify HiFi, or when it would be rolled out – except to say that it will only be available in certain markets – I wouldn’t expect India to be on the list. Gadgets 360 has contacted Spotify and will update as soon as we have a response.
Spotify is far from the first major music streaming service to go the hi-fi route. Tidal (available in 56 countries excluding India) rolled out premium recordings in January 2017. Tidal HiFi costs $ 19.99 per month in the US, double the standard Tidal Premium plan at 9 , $ 99 per month. Amazon Music followed in September 2019 with Amazon Music HD (again, not in India) costing $ 14.99 per month / $ 12.99 if you have Amazon Prime, not as much of a steeper climb of $ 9.99 per month / $ 7.99 per month if you’ve Amazon Prime for the standard plan.
It will be interesting to see where Spotify HiFi arrives on the price spectrum. But it won’t be available until later in 2021, Spotify said. For now, Spotify is reaching an audio bit rate of 320 kbps.
Spotify HiFi “will deliver music in CD quality lossless audio format to your device and Spotify Connect compatible speakers,” Spotify said, and it “is working with some of the world’s largest speaker manufacturers to make Spotify HiFi accessible to the greatest number of fans. as possible through Spotify Connect. “
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