In an effort to attract audiophiles away from Tidal, Spotify is reportedly gearing up to launch a new lossless audio tier. According to The Verge, the new feature, called Spotify Hi-Fi, will offer all the same features one would get with a Premium subscription, along with "lossless CD quality audio."
A small number of Spotify subscribers have allegedly received prompts encouraging them to upgrade to the new tier, which will reportedly range from an additional $5 to $10 per month. That's on top of Spotify Premium's $9.99 per month price; users could be spending as much as $20 per month for access to higher fidelity audio.
That price is on a par with Tidal's HiFi subscription, which offers premium features and lossless audio for $19.99 per month.
With over 40 million paying subscribers, Spotify is in a good position to convert its users over to the higher tier. Now, it's just a matter of getting the pricing right, because it doesn't appear the service has quite finalized the details.
In addition to higher audio quality, a Spotify Hi-Fi subscription may offer other perks, such as discounts on limited-edition vinyls.
Spotify currently offers 320kbps audio files, which offers decent sound in a file size that's small and loads quickly, which is perfect for users on the go. Lossless audio, on the other hand, offers even higher audio quality while making the files manageable enough for streaming consumption.
While lossless audio may not be a priority for most consumers, audiophiles will certainly appreciate the new feature.
Spotify didn't have anything to share with The Verge when reached for comment, but it sure does look like the service will make an announcement soon.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra's Space Zoom camera is amazing and a bit creepy
The Galaxy S20 Ultra supports up to 100X zoom, which Samsung calls Space Zoom, but is it any good? Can a phone really product usable photos at 100x zoom? We've got our Galaxy S20 Ultra already so join us to find out!
Win an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch with the Reader's Choice giveaway!
What's the best phone of 2019? Is it the iPhone 11 Pro, Pixel 4 or OnePlus 7T? What about the best laptop, games console, tablet and more? Vote NOW in the Reader's Choice awards and win BIG in time for the holidays!
Here are the best products from IFA 2019!
Here are the products announced at IFA 2019 that were worthy of our Best of IFA 2019 awards. Also featuring MrMobile's single best product at the show!
Capture your best stream with the best capture cards
Watching people play video games is almost as much fun as playing them. If you want people to enjoy your gameplay, you will need one of these amazing capture cards.