Stream On: Spotify announces new HiFi sound quality

MattSuda
Rock Star 24
Rock Star 24

Speaker shootout

(Photo Source: Jan Hammershaug)

 

During Spotify's Stream On event it was announced that starting later this year, Premium subscribers will be able to upgrade their sound quality to Spotify HiFi and listen to music the way artists intended, in CD-quality, lossless audio via their devices and Spotify Connect-enabled speakers. High fidelity sound will offer more depth and clarity while you are enjoying your favorite songs.

 

Lossless quality has been one of the most requested features here in the Spotify Community, and now it is becoming a reality.

 

I think I speak for everyone with high fidelity music equipment that this update coming to Spotify is a huge deal. We have been wanting this quality for some time and it's a joy to hear that it's going to be happening. The music will sound closer to the original recording. I have a high fidelity sound system in my living room and for my computer and being able to hear more depth and clarity when listening to music will be greatly appreciated.

 

Spotify HiFi will start rolling out in select markets later this year. More details on the launch are coming soon, so stay tuned.

 

Check out this news article for more information:

Five Things to Know About Spotify HiFi

 

41 Comments
jrnmovies
Newbie

@flanstario1 You usually get what you pay for 😉 

Flanstario1
Composer

i'm suscribed to free users and i  that drawback.  it's not normal that premiums have better features.

 

if i could to better benefits in the platforms app  desktop.

Domi56
Regular

Please, don't forget France for Spotify HIFI. We need it !

jrnmovies
Newbie

@Flanstario1 hmm, I might be mistaken, but I though that was the definition of premium. Why would you otherwise pay for it? 😅

Flanstario1
Composer

if I could have to the quality  very high iagainst of high quality  for free users. 

 

 

JohSebBac
Newbie

The sooner the better!

 

AdSR
Roadie

While this is certainly great news for that small fraction of users that actually can hear the difference, there is the elephant in the room called "loudness war": Many albums available on Spotify suffer from bad mastering due to the practice of squashing the dynamic range (because labels wrongly believe that "louder sells better"). When I see "Remastered 2009" or "2015 remaster" in an album title it is almost guaranteed to be unpleasant to the ear and tiring. Many old releases suffer from this and in fact I started to collect old CDs released back in the 1980s because of this (though that is a mixed bag, depending on label).

 

So my question is: When are you going to work with labels to address this so that they either go to back the original masters or otherwise provide cleaner-sounding versions? Since you are now in the process of recalculating LUFS for your catalog, you might even have numerical data on the "dynamic quality" of the recordings.

D1N0
Casual Listener

@AdSR and while they are at at maybe solve global warming and poverty as well 😛

jgp_267
Casual Listener

**bleep** finally! Thank you! Now do high resolution.. 

MattSuda
Rock Star 24
Rock Star 24

Glad to hear everyone else is just as excited as I am! I'm sure looking forward to HiFi 🙂

Flanstario1
Composer

I'm looking forward to having the audio quality of spotify hifi.  the quality audio  current for me a greyness. 

Flanstario1
Composer

my quality audio is sizzling not greyness. 

Gurraa
Newbie

Add Swipe to Queue for Android users already

dalin
Newbie

Is there a beta program that I can sign up for?  I would happily pay to be in the beta program.

 

The current max of near-FM-radio-quality is really starting to make me crazy.

MattSuda
Rock Star 24
Rock Star 24

@dalin 

 

There is currently no beta program for HiFi.

 

More details on the release of Spotify HiFi will be announced within the coming months.

 

For info on beta testing the Spotify mobile app you can go here:

How do I become a Spotify Beta tester? 

 

Keep in mind that beta slots for the mobile apps are often full. Slots open up occasionally. 

hans-jürgen
Roadie

By the way, this will also be interesting for Last.fm users who would like to listen to their personalised radio stations or any other Last.fm content with lossless streaming, as Spotify Playback is already possible on Last.fm for Spotify Premium users.

 

The current drawback is that it stops if the suggested track from the radio algorithm is not available and/or the Spotify playlink is not known in Last.fm yet. But you can add playlinks to YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music on each Last.fm track page since last year, so that issue can at least be mitigated.

Flanstario1
Composer

when the features spotify HIFI available for me and i've be to free user. 

 

why the free user is not the quality cd audio on desktop spotify.

 

 

D1N0
Casual Listener

@Flanstario1 because musicians need to eat to and $10 a month is really a rip off (the artist being ripped off here) if it gets you access to all the music you can ever think off and much more. It is not like Spotify makes a lot of money of free users. Advertisers know these are not the spending people they want to reach. 

moluv4nyc
Regular

Will the HiFi option require labels and artists to re-upload their catalogs in a different format or at a higher bitrate?

Flanstario1
Composer

Spotify doesn't improve the experience for the free user. which are the  benefit for free user ?

 

i'm a free user and i dont have benefit on the app desktop. when spotify then improve the quality sound for free user.

 

 

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