In February 2021, Spotify announced the launch of Spotify HiFi. The offer should appear in the second half of the year and allow music streaming in CD quality on Spotify. Here's everything we know about the new offering.
Later than most of its competitors, Spotify now also wants to delight music lovers with a range of hi-res sounds. Billie Eilish and Finneas are the figureheads who, when announcing Spotify HiFi, emphasized how important it is to them that listeners can hear the last details of their music. Does Spotify HiFi live up to these high standards?
What audio quality does Spotify HiFi offer?
Spotify has not yet released hard facts. In the official announcement , the company only speaks of "CD quality music" and a "lossless audio format". Competitor Deezer, for example, offers streaming in FLAC format (Free Losless Audio Codec) at a bit rate of 1.4112 Mbit / sec, thereby delivering on the promise of CD quality. Spotify HiFi will also offer at least this quality. As WhatHiFi reports, 1.4112 Mbit / s was also the data rate available to Spotify Premium users in a first HiFi test run in 2017.
However, Tidal, Quobuz, Apple Music and Amazon Music HD also offer music with higher bit rates. So here is the question of how Spotify will position itself.
Is Spotify HiFi compatible with Connect devices?
Yes. Spotify already confirmed this during the announcement in February .
How much does Spotify HiFi cost?
The company has not yet announced the exact details. However, since the competition is also asking Hi-Res fans to pay for it, Spotify could also charge an extra fee. With the competition, subscriptions with higher audio quality are between 10 and 20 euros per month.
When is Spotify HiFi coming?
There is no official start date yet. So far, Spotify has only announced the second half of 2021 as a rough period. The hi-fi range will only be available in selected markets at the start. It is unclear whether Germany, Switzerland and Austria are included.
- The audio quality of Spotify HiFi is still unknown. But it will probably offer at least a bit rate of 1.4112 Mbit / sec.
- Spotify HiFi is compatible with Connect devices.
- The cost of Spotify HiFi is still unknown. The company could focus on competitors who charge between 10 and 20 euros or Apple Music, which offers hi-res audio at no additional charge.
- The launch date of Spotify HiFi is not yet known.