Spotify HiFi arriving later this year with lossless, CD-quality audio

Spotify HiFi arriving later this year with lossless, CD-quality audio

arriving later this year with lossless, CD-quality audio

Spotify has announced its plans for the launch of , which will ultimately allow lossless audio streaming.

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Spotify claims that its new HiFi mode will enable audio ‘CD-quality’ on existing devices and speakers enabled by Spotify Connect. For the HiFi mode, the company did not go into further details on bit rate and codec. Currently, Spotify uses Ogg Vorbis for desktop and mobile applications, and AAC for web players.

For a while now, the company has been testing lossless audio, with select users since early 2017 being selected for A/B testing. It now joins, including Tidal, Amazon, Quobuz, and Deezer, an increasing number of services offering lossless audio. Most of these also offer high-resolution audio that exceeds the audio CD’s technical limits, which will benefit them if Spotify chooses only to limit itself to 16-bit/44.1kHz audio, as “CD quality” would imply.

Apple, which has not yet shown any interest in providing lossless audio, either through its Apple Music streaming service or its iTunes store, is notably missing from this list. This may well be why Spotify finally decided to roll out lossless audio support as it provides another differentiating factor against the rapidly growing alternative of Apple.

Unfortunately, at launch, Spotify HiFi will not be accessible to everyone. The company revealed that when it goes live some time later this year, it will roll out the feature only in select markets. This is probably not too surprising, however, for those who closely follow this industry, as the lossless levels of other streaming services have generally only been offered in select regions worldwide and it may be to blame for licencing agreements with labels.

Further information on this will come in the future.





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