Spotify eyes lossless audio to wow your ears

Spotify CD quality audio is
coming to Spotify.
Photo: James Merithew/Cult of Mac

Spotify appears poised to put the final nail in Tidal’s coffin.

The music
streaming service is planning to launch a new feature that will
give listeners access to lossless audio streaming, according to
a new report reveals the feature is currently in testing.

Spotify is currently calling the new feature “Spotify Hi-Fi.”

The Verge
reports that Spotify plans to launch the lossless
CD quality audio feature. It’s unclear when it will be
available to all users, but Spotify is already doing some small
group testing.

spotifySpotify is sending some users this
notification.
Photo: Reddit
Getting high-fidelity audio on Spotify won’t be cheap. A few
users received notifications within the app to add Spotify Hi-Fi
to their account. Screenshots
posted on Reddit
show that Spotify plans to charge between $5
to $10 extra a month for lossless CD quality audio.

Some
notifications for Spotify Hi-Fi show that it may include extra
perks like discounts on limited edition vinyls and one free
vinyl record.


The move to
support lossless audio isn’t much of a surprise.
Tidal established its service
as the best way for
audiophiles to stream the highest-quality music possible. It
has been rumored in the past that Apple was looking to make a
similar move with Apple Music, but there haven’t been any clear
signs of an impending launch of Apple Music Hi-Fi.


Adding
hi-fi audio could help Spotify boost its subscriber numbers
well past the 40 million mark it recently set. The company
declined to comment on Spotify Hi-Fi saying it has “no news to
share at this time.”




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