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Spotify could add a Hi-Fi option to its streaming audio offer

Discussion in 'Latest News and Rumors' started by Alex Dmitri, Mar 2, 2017.

  1. Alex Dmitri

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    Some Spotify users recently reported seeing new subscription options appear in the Spotify application, tariffs tab on iOS .

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    These options remain inaccessible, but they put forward a new Spotify Hi-Fi subscription . It includes the diffusion in quality without loss of music, like the way of Tidal or Qobuz. According to users, however, prices differ, as well as the benefits offered. On his side Spotify says that this is only a test as it often does, so nothing official:


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    Subscribers who were able to see these options reported prices of 5, 7.5 or even 10 dollars , so pay in addition to the regular subscription to $ 9.99. In comparison, Tidal and Qobuz, the other major services to offer CD quality audio are both about $ 20 a month .


    Finally, depending on the case, the Spotify subscription offers either the whole catalog or a part in CD quality (16 bits and 44.1 kHz), or, in addition, a free vinyl and discounts on the purchase of vinyls In limited editions.

    Spotify has not confirmed or announced anything in terms of a new high-definition subscription to come, but the group has specified to regularly test new things with some of its subscribers.


    On the competition side, Tidal and Qobuz have taken the niche of lossless audio with their arms. We tested the first service and we really enjoyed seeing it here .

    But they are far from scoring, in terms of number of subscribers, similar to the giants of the genre, that are Apple Music, Spotify or even Deezer to a lesser extent.

    The arrival of the Hi-Fi at Spotify would serve to democratize this audio format, while the Swedish service could also take advantage of it to differentiate itself from its new rival Apple Music, which already exceeded 20 million subscribers in just 18 months. The latter does not cease besides to chain the exclusivities and the additions of diversified contents. Indeed, from the apple firm, medium-term emphasis has been placed on the video side with upcoming shows and series, including "Planet of the apps", which was recently discussed .

    Would you actually be willing to pay more to enjoy audio CD quality? Or are you largely satisfied as is at 10 dollars per month?