Spotify Still Can’t Say When Its Delayed ‘HiFi’ Streaming Service Will Launch
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 neighborhood boards.
Back in February, Spotify announced plans to introduce a “HiFi” premium tier by the top of 2021. According to Spotify, the function will provide CD-quality music that can let followers expertise extra depth and readability of their favourite tracks.
However, 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 neighborhood boards to ask for extra particulars, to which Spotify responded:
We 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. But we do not have timing particulars to share but.
First reviews that Spotify was engaged on a lossless audio model of its streaming service appeared virtually five years ago, when the corporate began testing the choice with a small group of customers.
Back then, promotional screens pitched the “Spotify Hi-Fi” tier as a $5-$10 improve to a typical Spotify subscription. However, primarily based on the wording of its newest replace, Spotify seems to be unlikely to supply it as a paid-for improve when it does launch, particularly provided that Apple Music consists of lossless listening choices as a part of its normal subscription worth.
Add to that the truth that Amazon has since stopped charging extra for its personal lossless music library, bundling its “HD” tier into all normal Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions as a substitute, which makes the thought of Spotify asking customers to pay extra for the same service seem to be a non-starter.
In May, 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.
However, 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 finally seem.