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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.

Comments

any guesses what "later this year" actually means?

Audioplayer

@steeag

 

Probably in the fall or by Christmas if at all. They would of given a date if it was sooner than later. Sometime in the summer maybe if you’re lucky and that’s if they’ve even bothered to start the process yet. Not giving a date let’s them procrastinate for as long as they have already (since 2014 like when this idea was started). Pretty lame Spotify...

Blueshound24

@steeag, like @Audioplayer said, don't hold your breath. I will be surprised if Spotify follows through at all. 

PaulMac

Yeah this is far from a done deal. Their line "Premium subscribers in select markets will be able to upgrade their sound quality to Spotify HiFi" is worrying.

What exactly does that mean? It could range anything from all users across the European/N American markets to all users in Greenland.. 

Adding flac to  the app must not be a major issue (if they do it, at all)... 
 
Much probably the major concerns will be with their partners: telecoms, Spotify connect partners, etc... They probably want to give partners time to recertify their devices with this new feature, and this takes time. 
cowdellhotfix

Just another long time premium customer desiring hifi. I have 100gb of my own flac files, and subscribe to Tidal. I keep my Spotify family account for that sole reason: family. Please give a HiDef/HiFi option. I use the Quad-DAC LG V60 phone and am always wired, with high Quality over-ear or quad driver buds (gym). You have better metal playlists & AI selection than tidal. Thank you.

cowdellhotfix

 

 

pablo550

Ok OK

 

Spotify in order to take care and keep your customers, it seems that you prefer to add 1 euro to your price list & conquer other countries .

BUT What news about apple Homepods compatibilty (means service incuded by siri)

What news about HiFi or Master quality?

 

For my part I am a premium since a long time. But I start to understand that Spotify prefers add customer & loosing some (like me) by doing NOTHING about agrement with Apple (Mini Homepod is a Huge market also) & growing in quality like Tidal, Qobuzz etc. Hi quality earphones & DAC readers are on the market but no sound from spotify which stay a comon quality. I am ready to pay up to 19€/month for REAL good quality.

 

sidenius

Great news about Spotify Hifi!

Just subscribed to Spotify Premium because of that.

Coming from Tidal Hifi I'm very impatiently waiting for the Spotify Hifi to launch, since the sound quality on Premium is not to my satisfaction 🙂

habu77

There are quite a few people who claim they can play Spotify at 16/44.1 since a few days (at least here in the UK) and can verify the bitrate on their devices. I have noticed a marked improvement in sound quality. I am playing on a Marantz NR1200 network amp to Q Acoustics floorstanders and although it's a budget setup I can hear a distinct difference between the 'old' sound and the current one. I can't verify the bitrate and audio format on my amp on Spotify Connect, (Amazon Music HD displays all info via HEOS), but it sounds awesome! The only thing I am wondering about is: will Spotify turn it off after some time and then re-offer it again at a higher price or will this higher quality replace the 'Very High' setting? 

Soundquality

I haven’t noticed an improvement in the States .