High fidelity! Spotify is entering the high-quality audio business through Spotify HiFi. In the online-only Stream On event on Monday, Spotify announced Spotify HiFi, a new lossless package that will be priced higher than the existing Spotify Premium subscription (Rs 119 per month/$9.99 per month). Spotify did not provide the price of Spotify HiFi, nor did it provide when it will be released-just that it can only be used in a specific market-I don’t want India to appear on the price. Gadget 360 has contacted Spotify and will update when we reply.
Spotify is not the first mainstream music streaming service to adopt a high-fidelity route. Tidal (available in 56 countries, excluding India) launched master-quality recordings in January 2017. TidalHiFi’s monthly cost in the US is $19.99, which is twice the monthly cost of the standard Tidal Premium plan of $9.99. It is closely followed by Amazon Music HD (also not in India), which was launched by Amazon Music in September 2019, at $14.99 per month/if Amazon Prime is $12.99, from $9.99 per month/$7.99 per month ( If you are ve Amazon Prime for the standard plan.
It will be interesting to see where Spotify HiFi fits in the price range. But Spotify said it will not be available until the second half of 2021. Currently, Spotify’s audio bit rate is up to 320kbps.
Spotify said that Spotify HiFi “will provide CD-quality lossless audio format music to your devices and Spotify Connect-enabled speakers, and it is working with some of the largest speaker manufacturers in the world to make Spotify HiFi available to many fans as much as possible. Via Spotify Connect.”
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