Spotify Takes on Tidal; Hi-Fi Music On Its Way for Less

Posted March 03, 2017

The mooted new subscription tier, simply dubbed Spotify Hi-Fi, would offer the same lossless CD-quality audio as rival services such as Tidal and Deezer. In the Reddit post linked, the user says the upgrade offer was for $7.50/month, which is different than the $5 and $10 fees some other users are seeing. Some users have been met with a pop-up offering Spotify Hi-Fi along with a free vinyl and discounts on vinyl purchases - all for as little as $5 extra. But for those who are more inclined to be finicky about audio quality and all that jazz, the lossless audio format is way better than what we've been getting.

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It appears Spotify wants some Premium subscribers to test the service while it is in beta, but those folks have been unable to sign-up and take the new tier for a spin. But with Android devices' USB-C connections and Apple's Lightning headphones capable of offering improved audio playback, it may only be a matter of weeks before we see a new version of the Spotify app. One thing is for sure that if this service is liked by the existing Spotify users then definitely this music app will attract more users who use different applications for this goal. That's on top of Spotify Premium's $9.99 per month price; users could be spending as much as $20 per month for access to higher fidelity audio. At present, one of the many advantages of buying CDs is that people can rip music off them in lossless quality, which audiophiles highly prefer. An official release of the new plan shouldn't be too far off, as pricing details are now slowly emerging to a subset of users.