Spotify HiFi will bring CD-quality audio to ‘select markets’ this year

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Spotify is tremendously popular, sure, but it has never been a platform for audiophiles. That may change soon, though — the company confirmed today that it plans to launch a Spotify HiFi service in ‘select markets’ later this year.

Strangely, in its infinite wisdom, the company largely declined to explain its HiFi service to viewers. Thankfully, Spotify HiFi isn’t exactly a new concept: the company teased a high-resolution streaming option as early as 2017, when it offered CD-quality — though not necessarily lossless — audio to certain users in the United States for an additional $7.50 a month. Spotify hasn’t yet revealed Spotify HiFi’s cost ahead of the upcoming launch, but the focus on delivering CD-quality music remains the same.

In case you were wondering, Spotify’s current maximum audio bitrate is 320kbps, which means it almost certainly sounds leagues better than the mp3s you’ve ferried from computer to computer for years. Still, we’ve seen many of Spotify’s streaming rivals, including Deezer and most notably Tidal, embrace high-fidelity audio in earnest. While Spotify isn’t breaking new ground with its new focus on improved audio quality, it still stands to become perhaps the biggest player in the game because of its reach. As part of its HiFi push, the company confirmed that it plans to work with “some of the world’s biggest speaker manufacturers to make Spotify HiFi accessible to as many fans as possible.”

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Published at Mon, 22 Feb 2021 16:54:38 +0000-Spotify HiFi will bring CD-quality audio to ‘select markets’ this year

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