Hi-fi, lossless playback, FLAC offer

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Hi-fi, lossless playback, FLAC offer

wilpacolypse
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Just received a notification via the app for lossless playback, etc.., for an additional $5 but i clicked back and now it's gone? How can i find this again?

 

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meahtenoha
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Hi all, Spotify Staff here. 

 

We don't have an offer for lossless playback. The absolutely best way to let Spotify know you would be interested in such a feature is to leave your vote and comments here: "HiFi Quality - Lossless Streaming 16bit 44.1khz"

 

I can assure you the feedback in the Idea Exchange is being passed on to the internal teams on a very regular basis. As soon as we have any updates on this we will post in that thread first. 

 

Thank you for coming to the Spotify Community to give us your feedback. If you have any questions please post here.

 

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frk
Casual Listener

Hi,

 

How is it possible to switch to HIFI version of spotify? I would like to pay extra money for that option, as the quality of current version is not enough.

joelaville
Casual Listener

@frk wrote:

Hi,

 

How is it possible to switch to HIFI version of spotify? I would like to pay extra money for that option, as the quality of current version is not enough.


I just wrote in chat directly to the assistance ... and they do not know anything about it

joelaville
Casual Listener

I just wrote in chat directly to the assistance ... and they do not know anything about it

Acamp1103
Newbie

Please invite me acamp1103 for any hifi lossless beta testing. Otherwise I’m planning to switch to Tidal in the near future 

clamothe
Casual Listener

I would also be interested in beta testing the lossless service. Cheers

tom_m1
Regular

Google Deezer or Tidal. Used both now. Currently using Deezer. Library isn't as big as Spotify. Spotify really needs to get lossless out. Right after they fix their stock price. The MINUTE some service offers lossless for $10-15/mo, Spotify is going to lose a ton of customers. Lossless problem is its too expensive for what you get. But for less cost, you might do it.

 

I'm still hoping for a lossless Spotify. But more importantly Spotify also needs to throw away the trash rips it has. I spend too much time searching for versions of the same song to find the one with better quality. Even if they offered lossless, it'd sound bad (or no different) for a good 25%+ of their tracks. That may be why they are testing it? Apprehensive about it? Because it really may not make a difference in many cases.

 

But yea, heck, sign me up! I don't want to be paying for multiple streaming services here.

Chocolate_Army
Casual Listener

Hi,

I see people here talk about invitations for lossless streaming.

How can I try the lossless on Spotify? Is it available to all countries?

Thank you!

jhucx1
Casual Listener

Sign me up.  I would love to be a part of the trial.

fred972
Newbie

I would also like the hifi version. Please invite me. 

igorcd
Regular

You, guys, asking for lossless but none of you actually know that Spotify uses Vorbis 320k which is transparent for 100% people. There are no chances that any of You will hear difference between Vorbis 320 kbps and FLAC. 

 

Try it!

Vorbis isn't MP3. It's much better than MP3.

https://www.magneticmag.com/2018/03/flac-and-the-future-of-audio-streaming/

 

Oh, and nobody hear difference between 44.1/16 and 96/24.  https://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html

jtjdt
Casual Listener

You are correct when using standard equipment. When using a high quality DAC with low ThD and low jitter, anyone, even you could EASILY hear the difference between 320 Vorbis and FLAC.  But yes, you are correct. With standar equipment, most people will not be able to tell. Just not fair to say 100% of people can't tell lol!

 

- JT

AndreM
Casual Listener

I don't think it's about hearing the difference; it's more about feeling it. I have never been able to hear any difference on audiophile headphones, but I have been able to feel a more impactful/punchy bass when listening to heavy metal/orchestral works with good dynamics (i.e. good recordings with alternating quiet and loud parts in the music) on a reasonably good (entry-level audiophile) pair of speakers.

 

For people who have invested big bucks on audiophile soundsystems, it is reasonable to expect more from Spotify than 320 kbps of compressed sound.

jhucx1
Casual Listener

@AndreM wrote:

I don't think it's about hearing the difference; it's more about feeling it. I have never been able to hear any difference on audiophile headphones, but I have been able to feel a more impactful/punchy bass when listening to heavy metal/orchestral works with good dynamics (i.e. good recordings with alternating quiet and loud parts in the music) on a reasonably good (entry-level audiophile) pair of speakers.

 

For people who have invested big bucks on audiophile soundsystems, it is reasonable to expect more from Spotify than 320 kbps of compressed sound.


I could not agree more.  This is not something Spotify should just give us, but everyone on this thread is willing pay more than they currently are for their monthly subscription.  A year and a half  ago a beta/pilot program was announced. It made headlines on sites like the Verge.  And now 17 months later there has not been so much as a peep from Spotify about this.  We understand if the pilot didnt go well and the program has been scrapped, but c'mon at least give us an update.  Let us give you more money Spotify.  🙂

mozyrsky
Newbie

Any update? I tried Tidal when it was free with Sprint. I enjoyed the more detailed sound, but not so much their interface and playlists. That being said, I'm thinking of going back unless Spotify improves its music quality. If there is still a beta version, add me to it.

Windstoorm
Newbie

I would also like the hifi version. Please invite me. 

NicoMT
Newbie

I'm in for HiFi beta testing, was thinking about switching to Tidal as I just downloaded it but if Spotify gets it, I'll stick with them.

awebster
Casual Listener

I'm on the verge of jumping ship to Tidal or Qobuz for this reason. I recently invested almost 10K into an insane HiFi / HC setup and there's no way I'm pumping 320 through it. I'm already signed up to both Tidal and Qobuz and I expect to chose one of these two within a month or two. 

 

But this will be with a heavy heart. I've been using Spotify for a long time now and I'm not impressed with the competion. The interfaces aren't as good, nor is the content curation/suggestions. As for the music, no one service seems as eclectic as Spotify. Tidal's classical music offering is basically s**t. Qobuz is good for classical and less popular stuff but has huge holes in their library. I won't be able to blast Sunn O))) in the small hours - although I'm sure the neighbours won't be particularly upset!

 

When Tidal started making waves, I had assumed that Spotify would **bleep** this in the bud and quickly provide a lossless subscription. Years later and still nothing! So if there is a lossless trial currently running, for the love of god sign me up please!

tom_m1
Regular

Try Deezer. Good library of HiFi tracks. I still have Spotify for my wife and times where I'm using a device that just has it...but for me that's the only reason I see Spotify as any good - because it had such a high penetration rate. Every device out there works with Spotify. If you're after quality, it's just not on Spotify. That's not their game. 

awebster
Casual Listener

Funny I just came to that conclusion whilst reading previous comments on this thread! Thanks, I'll check it out!

sk-qysxq92_kc
Casual Listener

Tried Tidal hifi for the first time.

Wauv what a difference.

Can't believe how I got use to Spotifys "premium" quality.

Hope spotify will offer better audio quality soon else Tidal will be my future streaming service.

awebster
Casual Listener
Same here. But Tidal’s library isn’t great. For instance, their Classical music selection is a joke. So for now Deezer is it!


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