Spotify finally adds quality, lossless streaming to its service, in a move that could attract Tidal , Deezer and Amazon Music Unlimited users of the famous target music streaming platform .
Spotify HiFi will be available to Premium subscribers in "certain regions " and will stream music in "audio format without loss of CD quality to your device and compatible speakers Spotify Connect ".
No firm release date has been announced yet, but Spotify says it will roll out to these regions (yet to be confirmed) "later this year ", with the company announcing that it will have " more details to share shortly ".
Prices are also yet to be announced, but as an optional add-on for Premium users, it probably won't be free.
Aside from its free basic streaming tier that comes with s, Spotify Premium is the cheapest tier available, costing $ 9.99 / £ 9.99 / AU $ 11.99 per month.
In an effort to undercut the competition, Spotify could price its HiFi streaming tier at around $ 12.99 / £ 12.99 / AU $ 16 per month, down from 14.99 $ / £ 14.99 from Amazon and at $ 19.99/ £ 19.99 / AU 23.99 from third-party Tidal Hi-Res streaming.
Spotify says that "high-quality music streaming is still one of the most requested new features by our users ", and that 's no wonder when you consider how many other streaming services have been offering this for years.
Until now, Spotify audio was limited to 320kbps, unlike CDs, which maxed out at 1,411kbps - and the upgrade should offer levels of detail and clarity much higher for those with demanding ears.
The announcement could seriously worry the likes of Tidal and Amazon Music Unlimited, although it doesn't quite hit Hi-Res audio quality levels, higher speed that these services offer. The popularity of Spotify may well mean that the difference in sound quality is not enough to leave the nship.
This puts even more space between Apple Music and the rest of the competition, many of whom won't get that premium level to subscribe
The fact that Spotify dominates the Streaming 'HD listening ' like it did with regular streaming will largely depend on how much it decides to charge for the privilege - and while it can undercut the competition, its easy-to-navigate interface. , its excellent playlist retention, and the richness of its songs could solidify its place as the world's most popular streaming service for years to come.
Publisher Note: This story previously stated that Spotify HiFI would offer high resolution audio. This error has now been fixed.