Spotify customers ready to study when the service’s delayed “HiFi” premium audio service will materialize stay none the wiser in 2022, after the corporate responded to requests for extra data on its consumer group boards.
Again in February, Spotify introduced plans to introduce a “HiFi” premium tier by the tip of 2021. Based on Spotify, the characteristic will provide CD-quality music that may let followers expertise extra depth and readability of their favourite tracks.
Nevertheless, 2021 got here and went with no signal of the high-bandwidth audio expertise on Spotify and no replace from the corporate on when it could launch. Understandably, Spotify customers just lately took to the service’s group boards to ask for extra particulars, to which Spotify responded:
We all know that HiFi high quality audio is essential to you. We really feel the identical, and we’re excited to ship a Spotify HiFi expertise to Premium customers sooner or later. However we do not have timing particulars to share but.
First experiences that Spotify was engaged on a lossless audio model of its streaming service appeared virtually 5 years in the past, when the corporate began testing the choice with a small group of customers.
Again then, promotional screens pitched the “Spotify Hello-Fi” tier as a $5-$10 improve to an ordinary Spotify subscription. Nevertheless, primarily based on the wording of its newest replace, Spotify appears to be like unlikely to supply it as a paid-for improve when it does launch, particularly on condition that Apple Music consists of lossless listening choices as a part of its customary subscription worth.
Add to that the truth that Amazon has since stopped charging additional for its personal lossless music library, bundling its “HD” tier into all customary Amazon Music Limitless subscriptions as an alternative, which makes the thought of Spotify asking customers to pay extra for the same service seem to be a non-starter.
In Could, a tantalizing trace emerged that Spotify was on the cusp of launching its lossless plan after a glitch within the Spotify app briefly surfaced a hidden HiFi media playback menu.
Nevertheless, Spotify’s unintentional teaser final 12 months got here to nothing, and customers of the streaming service stay as a lot in the dead of night now as they did then about when the floor will ultimately seem.