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Spotify will launch higher-quality, high fidelity audio option called Spotify HiFi later this year


Spotify is going hi-fi.

The popular music streaming service plans to offer a new Spotify HiFi subscription level later this year.

Music heard in CD quality is one of the most requested features by Spotify users, the company said during its Stream On event Monday. The new subscription offering is “for those listeners really passionate about audio quality,” said Jeremy Erlich, Spotify’s global co-head of music said during the event (you can watch it in its entirety on YouTube).

Spotify promised more details soon about which select markets will get Spotify HiFi later this year. But it’s likely the price of a Spotify HiFi subscription would be more than the current $9.99 Spotify Premium monthly cost. 

Music will be in a lossless audio format – as opposed to digital audio formats such as MP3 that compress and discard some sound data. Spotify also is working with speaker makers to make the improved sound available through Spotify Connect, which lets play Spotify wirelessly on other devices.

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Spotify, which has 155 million subscribers and 345 million monthly active users, had musicians Billie Eilish and brother Finneas O’Connell tout the benefits of high fidelity in a video message.

“High quality audio means just more info,” she said. “There is just things you will not hear if you do not have a good sound system.”

O’Connell noted that recordings “so much detail” that can be missed with poor quality reproduction. “When we make music the way the listener experiences it is the most important thing to us. It’s in the details,” he said.


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