Thursday March 02, 2017

Spotify Is Preparing to Launch a Hi-Fi Music Tier

There is probably some level of commotion at Tidal right now, as relatively unknown music streaming service Spotify is poised to roll out CD-quality streaming. As you could assume, subscribers will have to pay more for the privilege, although nobody seems to know exactly how much the new tier will cost yet. Currently, Spotify’s highest-quality files are only 320kbps.

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Spotify is preparing to launch a lossless audio version of its streaming service, according to multiple sources. The offering, which is currently called Spotify Hi-Fi, will offer lossless CD-quality audio to usersآ—similar to what Tidal offers in its Hi-Fi service. [The company’s] move to lossless audio quality isn’t totally unexpected. With Apple choosing the Lightning connector over the headphone jack and Android manufacturers switching to USB-C at a rapid pace, there are now millions of smartphone owners who can experience lossless audio wherever they are.