Spotify finally brought forth a long-anticipated feature during their virtual event ‘Stream On.’ The new feature, High fidelity (hi-fi), is a term used by audiophiles, listeners, and home audio fanatics to refer to high-quality reproduction of sound. Spotify wrote on their website, “we will deliver music in CD-quality, lossless audio format to your device and Spotify Connect-enabled speakers.” This implies that music lovers “will be able to experience more depth and clarity while enjoying their favorite tracks.” In simpler terms, High Definition audio for your music. 

Companies like Amazon Music and Tidal have offered such a service since 2019. Better late than never, with a bit of delay, Spotify finally joined the ranks. Moreover, both fans and artists have been pleading to Spotify for such a feature for quite a while now. Spotify does not specify when exactly the feature will be available, stating, “we will begin rolling out in select markets later this year, and we will have more details to share soon.”  

At the moment there is no information about the pricing. It can be guessed that the price will be somewhat similar to their direct competitors. Currently, Amazon Music and Tidal HiFi subscription rates are $14.99/month and $19.99/month, respectively. Without a doubt, this step towards a correct direction will make the streaming giant even more famous. As a result, it can be inferred that Apple Music will not do so well after this move since they have no immediate plans of implementing such a feature. 

Spotify has a goal in mind to make its new feature accessible to a majority of popular speakers. In fact, they highlighted that they are in collaboration with the largest speaker manufacturers worldwide to make sure that the feature is accessible to as many listeners as possible through the Spotify Connect feature. Spotify stated, “Ubiquity is at the core of everything we do at Spotify, and we’re working with some of the world’s biggest speaker manufacturers to make Spotify HiFi accessible to as many fans as possible through Spotify Connect.” 

Following this link, you can learn more about the feature in FINNEAS and Billie Ellish’s interview. 

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