If you’re wondering when the HiFi lossless tier will be released, you may want to wait a little bit. As of today, we don’t have an official release date for the service, but we do know that the new service is not coming in 2022.
Apple Music’s addition of Spatial Audio and Lossless support
Apple Music is adding spatial audio and lossless support to its HiFi tier. This will allow subscribers to enjoy the immersive quality of Dolby Atmos in addition to high-resolution lossless.
Spatial audio is a new technology that centers the music around the listener’s head. It’s available through third-generation AirPods, Beats headphones, and any other headphones that support the technology.
Lossless audio is a higher-resolution version of the music file that offers a richer sound. In most cases, lossless music streams at a bitrate of 1,411 Kbps, whereas lossy songs typically stream at 256 Kbps to 320 Kbps.
Dolby Atmos is a technology that allows creatives to mix music with more details. Unlike other audio formats, Dolby Atmos works with Apple headphones that feature the H1 or W1 chip. When the headset is connected to a compatible soundbar or speaker, the audio will automatically switch to Dolby Atmos.
As of June, Apple Music will start offering spatial audio with Dolby Atmos. A list of supported artists will be shown in the user interface. Artists such as Justin Bieber, Kacey Musgraves, and Ariana Grande will have their music featured in this new feature.
Apple has been working to bring the new features to its streaming service. They’ve already tested the audio on Android. The company is now looking to add the feature to its iOS version.
Apple will begin to offer the new HiFi tier to its Apple Music subscribers next month. Apple says that the new tier will include 20 million lossless audio songs. While this number is relatively low, it’s still more than the number of songs Spotify can offer.
However, Apple has stated that the company is stepping away from album exclusives. That’s a change from what it has previously offered. Instead of selecting music based on the artist, Apple has enlisted the help of outside talent to curate playlists.
If you’re not sure whether you’ll be interested in the new tier, you can try the HiFi test. By doing this, you can find out if you’ll be able to hear the difference between high-resolution lossless and CD-quality tracks.
Spotify HiFi’s catalog of songs
If you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber, you’ll soon be able to get access to CD-quality lossless audio streams. This new feature is known as HiFi. It will be available through Spotify Connect.
You can download songs on the go using your phone, but if you want to hear them in their highest quality, you’ll need to connect a hi-fi device. This is why Spotify announced it would launch a tier of Premium subscriptions that would allow users to receive CD-quality lossless music.
However, there has been no clear indication of when or how the new service will be made available. Some users have spotted a HiFi icon in the iOS app, and it’s possible that the streaming service will be launched in select markets later this year.
One of the most requested features from users is high quality music streaming. Apple Music and Amazon Music have both recently released high fidelity streaming options. Tidal, on the other hand, launched in 2016.
While these high fidelity services are still in their infancy, it’s unlikely that Spotify will be able to compete. However, the company seems willing to tinker with new features. Previously, it teased the concept of hi-fi, and it’s possible that the hi-fi option could still be part of its Platinum plan.
The exact launch date of the new tier has not been announced, but it’s likely that it will debut in several markets by the end of the year. Those who upgrade from Spotify Premium will be given a trial of the new feature.
As for pricing, Spotify hasn’t revealed it, but it’s likely to cost more than the regular Premium subscription. That’s because the tier would provide higher quality streams, as well as a catalog of songs to listen to.
While Spotify may not be able to compete with the likes of Apple or Amazon, it’s certainly not out of the running for a spot in the streaming music market. Plus, its catalog is large, with 80 million tracks, so it’s easy to imagine that it’s one of the top choices for music lovers.
High-quality streams will cost more than the usual Premium subscription
While it is possible to download and listen to your favorite music on Spotify, there are some perks that can only be obtained by signing up for a Premium subscription. The most notable one is that you get to hear better quality audio.
In February of this year, the music streaming giant announced plans for a high-end Premium subscription tier. However, the company didn’t reveal any pricing details. It also declined to answer a nagging question: will the service support immersive audio streams?
A Reddit user recently posted a leaked video demonstrating that a new Premium tier is indeed being developed. This tier will feature lossless audio.
The new Premium tier will cost more than the standard Premium subscription, but will provide subscribers with a swanky experience. One thing to keep in mind is that most music distributors consider $4 per 1,000 streams to be the average.
However, the Royalty calculator provided by Spotify is not as clear-cut. The amount that is actually paid to right holders varies based on the country where the music is being streamed and the subscriber’s plan.
For example, Norway pays $5 per stream. Iceland pays $6, while Switzerland pays $5.
Spotify’s lossless tier, which was first rumored in 2017, is reportedly a “mood-enhancing” feature that will allow Premium subscribers to hear songs in their true glory. However, Spotify has yet to provide a clear timeline for its introduction.
Despite a number of reports that the ‘Spotify HiFi’ service will launch in 2021, the service is still far from reality. That said, it is likely that some HiFi features will be available to Premium subscribers before then.
Several months ago, users spotted a ‘Spotify HiFi’ icon on the iOS app. At the time, the company didn’t mention how much it would cost, though it’s likely to be around $10.
Until the service is ready to roll out, however, Premium subscribers will likely have to settle for a limited, but impressive experience. And, of course, a free trial is available. Nevertheless, it’s worth taking a look at what the service can offer you, whether you’re looking for improved sound quality or an easier way to share your favorite music with friends.
HiFi isn’t expected to launch in 2022
If you’ve been following Spotify’s updates, you’ll know that the company’s HiFi service has been delayed. It’s not entirely clear what the delay is, but it’s likely to do with licensing.
The HiFi upgrade will allow users to enjoy high-quality, lossless audio streams through Spotify Connect. Although the exact details of the new tier aren’t available yet, it’s rumored to offer “CD-quality” audio.
The service will enable Spotify Premium subscribers to choose between higher quality streams than the standard Spotify. This feature is expected to launch in several markets, and the exact date of its roll-out is unknown. However, there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to try out the new tier during a free trial.
At its most basic level, lossless audio will provide more detail than standard compressed music. Some users have said they don’t even notice the difference between lossy and lossless. In fact, it’s possible that the human ear isn’t able to distinguish the two.
Regardless of how you feel about lossless audio, it’s clear that it’s a step in the right direction. Many music lovers have expressed their desire for a high-quality streaming service. Until now, the only options have been CD-quality, which is relatively low quality. Those who want more quality have had to pay.
Considering the competition between Spotify and Apple, it’s not surprising that Spotify hasn’t announced a specific date for the HiFi launch. However, it’s also possible that the company isn’t quite ready to give a precise release date.
Whether or not Spotify will actually launch its HiFi service in 2022 remains unclear, but it’s likely that the company will at least offer a free trial to new users. While that’s not a guarantee, it’s a good sign that Spotify is willing to experiment with features.
When Spotify first announced its HiFi tier, it was predicted to launch by the end of 2021. However, the release window was much narrower than anticipated. And that’s a shame, as it would have looked bad in the wake of Amazon’s announcement.
As for the future of the HiFi tier, there’s a strong possibility that the feature will be part of Spotify’s Platinum plan. That’s a new tier that may include a headphone tuner utility, limited ad-supported podcasts, and studio sound.