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Spotify HiFi subscription to bring lossless, CD-quality audio later this year

Spotify on Monday announced a new high-end subscription plan for its users which will bring lossless, CD-quality audio to the platform. Called the Spotify HiFi, the new plan will be an upgrade for the subscribers.

twitter-logoManas Tiwari | February 23, 2021 | Updated 10:44 IST
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It will be interesting to see how Spotify prices its premium plan though.

Highlights

  • Spotify HiFi will be streaming platform's premium plan.
  • New plan to bring CD-quality audio for users.
  • Spotify to arrive in 85 more markets.

Spotify on Monday announced a new high-end subscription plan for its users which will bring lossless, CD-quality audio to the platform. Called the Spotify HiFi, the new plan will be an upgrade for the subscribers and will be introduced in select markets later this year. This will make Spotify one of the few platforms to offer CD-quality audio on existing devices. The other two notable platforms that have introduced high-resolution audio for their users are Amazon Music and Tidal.

Interestingly, both these platforms do not offer lossless audio quality in India. This can make Spotify the first platform to do so, giving it a major lead over others. While the platform has announced that the new service will be rolled out later this year, it did not reveal the exact timeline.

Spotify HiFi "will deliver music in CD-quality, lossless audio format to your device and Spotify Connect-enabled speakers," the company said, and that it's "working with some of the world's biggest speaker manufacturers to make Spotify HiFi accessible to as many fans as possible through Spotify Connect."

It will be interesting to see how Spotify prices its premium plan though. In a price sensitive market like India, the platform has grown by introducing pocket-friendly plans in India, giving them an option to pay between Rs 7 or 25 for daily or weekly subscriptions to ad-free music. The subscribers can also download download up to 30 songs on a device.

Biggest expansion till now

Along with the new plan, Spotify also announced its biggest expansion plan till date. The Swedish music streaming giant announced that it will be introducing its services in 85 more markets in the "next few days". Spotify currently has more than 345 million monthly active users and over 155 million paid subscribers globally.

The new countries include: Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Curaçao, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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