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[All Platforms][Music] HiFi Quality - Lossless Streaming 16bit 44.1khz

I've just started a trial of Qobuz - they offer the standard 320kbps as well as lossless FLAC streaming (and high res downloads if you purchase them) the sound quality is noticeably better and on classical it's just wonderful to get all that resolution through your hi-fi or headphones! The catalogue has a way to go to get to Spotify's level, but they are getting there. The iPad app isn't' too bad (the desktop app is in need of an upgrade but I hear they are putting all their efforts into mobile apps right now).
So - lossless streaming - if Qobuz can do it then so can Spotify, they must have the same source - and obviously if you are asking £20 a month then those record labels and distributors take enough notice to make the high res tracks available for streaming. What this all means is soon, very soon, we will get lossless streaming and closely followed by high res downloads - but if Spotify aren't careful it will be Apple who get there first with an audiophile premium offering, and when they do it will be a much harder market place to make money in!

Updated on 2022-01-07

Hey folks,


We know that HiFi quality audio is important to you. We feel the same, and we’re excited to deliver a Spotify HiFi experience to Premium users in the future. But we don’t have timing details to share yet.


We will of course update you here when we can.


Take care.

Well, personally I have stayed in the forum, not the service, hoping that
some day I might get the whole package. Spotify has the best catalogue and
device/social ecosystem out there, no question about it. So, even if I'm
using another service at the moment (TIDAL to be exact), I would like to
return to Spotify if they finally offer sound quality that's up to par for
2021, sorry, make that 2022. Sheesh.

Dear Spotify,


I'm feeling like Charlie Brown to your Lucy...


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You pulled the Hifi ball up at the last second... Arrgh!!!




Another exasperating article:

"we have one question: Spotify, where the **bleep** is the HiFi streaming tier that you teased way back in February?"
Spotify's HiFi Is Still MIA ( 


Quite a few articles appearing online now asking why there's still no sign of HiFi. 


Spotify meanwhile maintain their highly successful approach of ‘tell the f***ers nothing’


Interesting times ahead as we wait on no further developments and zero updates from the ground-breaking Spotify Public Relations Media team.


Cancelled premium plan too...


See you later Spotify, you what to do.


Dear Spotify,


As a fan of your service please consider this with all sincerity. I'm clearly in the upper 4% of your listeners. Last year I logged a little over 1133 hours listening to content. Spotify Connect and your app are brilliantly implemented. Your library and algorithms for discovery are enviable. Top of the pole. I love Spotify. 







I also love well mastered music. One of these is winning out. After auditioning Amazon Music, Apple Music, Qobuz, Tidal, and Deezer I can no longer justify staying with Spotify.


After auditioning high resolution music, I tend to agree with your focus point; that CD quality is optimal. For data usage and source material availability today it's the sweet spot. That’s all I want. I listen to Spotify music on my two Yamaha Aventage 5.1 equipped home theater receivers, as well as well as a plethora of high fidelity mobile devices. The sound difference between compressed and lossless music is akin to the difference between listening to mono versus stereo. For some recordings, the difference is breathtakingly apparent. I for one would be willing to pay an additional charge for lossless. I like your service very much.


As you are aware every major streaming service has lossless now, but your service and Pandora. You've lost the pole position. I suspect there will be a more pronounced erosion of your market share to your competitors because of this misstep. You are becoming Pandora 2.0.


I am not interested in buying concert tickets through your app. I am not interested in listening to audiobooks through your app. I am not interested seeing Tik-Tock style videos in your app. The quickly tacked on and poorly implemented lyrics feature seems like a bit of misdirection. Your service is starting to look a lot like Facebook. That’s not a complement. In my opinion I think you’re moving in the wrong direction.


Are you hoping that all of these things will distract your user base from the fact that you didn’t deliver what many want, and what you promised?


You didn't hold up your end of the bargain. You committed to doing something; bringing CD quality to your listeners this year. You’ve been teasing this since 2017.


I committed to doing something; paying you for your service. I can't in good conscience hold up my end of our agreement when you haven't held up yours.


It's clear you don't want my business, I don't want to subsidize yours for without the value I desire. I am ending my paid subscription. I will Subscribe to Amazon Unlimited and Qobuz instead. Regards…




Well put Sir!

I was a Spotify customer for years (Ever since it came to Canada). I
switched to Amazon HD this year. I've dabbled with Tidal and Deezer but
LOVE Amazon HD. There android app needs work but once it starts (it's
very slow to load) it sounds GREAT. I haven't had the chance to try
Qobuz yet as it's not available in Canada. I'm a 1000 hour plus
listener. Keep Lovin' that Hi-Res music!

Peter from Canada


Years ago I moved to another solution because of missing Hifi and I came back due to your message that your going to launch Hifi this year. Looks like your words are just a lie. If it's the fact I'll unsubscribe on 1/1/22 and you won't get a third chance. What sucks the most is that you guys are such disgusting cowards and don't even explain what the problem is.


I think Spotify should implement Hifi even if most people like me are not inrerested.


You have best platform and knowledge. The Hifi can improve sound over Bluetooth connection.

I tried Tidal and Deezer services and these were lacking Spotify knowledge.

This is why you need Hifi.

Still few days to release the treat 🙂


Don't get your hopes up.