Spotify announced today that it plans to release Spotify HiFi, a lossless audio tier of its music streaming service, sometime in 2021.
According to Spotify, high-fidelity audio is “consistently one of the most requested new features” by users. Once it’s live, Spotify HiFi users will be able to listen to lossless audio on their devices and any Spotify Connect-enabled speakers. Cryptically, Spotify also said that it’s working with “some of the world’s biggest speaker manufacturers” to make sure Spotify HiFi is “accessible to as many fans as possible.”
Spotify HiFi will provide subscribers with “music in CD-quality lossless audio format,” according to the Swedish company. Listeners will be able to access their improved digital music library through their device and Spotify Connect-enabled speakers. Currently, Spotify tops out at 320kbps audio.
The lossless audio quality will also work via Spotify Connect-enabled speakers. “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,” the company added.
However, one big unknown is the price. The company refrained from saying how much Spotify HiFi will add to a customer’s monthly subscription. But for perspective, rival service Tidal offers its own high-fidelity plan for $19.99 USD a month, while Amazon sells its own HD music plan for $14.99 a month.
Spotify has only confirmed that HiFi will be available in select markets from later this year, and says more details are coming soon.