In February 2021, Spotify had made an announcement of a new subscription tier named Spotify HiFi. The company said this subscription would offer lossless audio (unlike the compressed audio quality the users receive with the other subscription tiers), and that this would be launched sometime in 2021.
Approximately 11 months later, there are no signs of the company launching Spotify HiFi. It gets worse, there’s no launch date in sight. In an answer to a query on the official company forums (as per MacRumors), a Spotify rep wrote:
"We recognize that HiFi quality audio is important to the users. We share the same feelings; we are excited to deliver the Spotify HiFi experience to Premium users in the future. However, we don’t have the timing details to share yet."
Initially, it seemed like Spotify HiFi was about to be a separate tier that requires additional costs. However, after the comments left by the rep, it appears to be that HiFi is going to be another perk for users that pay the $9.99 Premium tier fee.
Though it’s never too late for an upgrade, it is worth noting that basically all major competitors of Spotify, including Apple Music, Tidal, as well as Amazon Music, offer lossless quality audio.
Currently, the best quality you can listen to on Spotify is compressed audio “equivalent to approximately 320kbit/s.” Lossless audio quality typically signifies CD quality, with no audio details lost. The difference may not be apparent on every audio system; however, it can be observed on higher-quality systems as well as headphones.
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