Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Spotify Announces ‘HiFi’ Lossless Streaming Tier to Challenge Tidal and Qobuz

Spotify will add CD-quality lossless music streaming service tier in 2021. It’s finally happening.

Spotify HiFi

Spotify today announced it will soon offer lossless streaming through its planned ‘HiFi’ streaming tier. However, there was no word on pricing or when it will be available other than sometime in 2021. The new service called Spotify HiFi will deliver music in CD-quality to your smart phone, tablet, laptop and to Spotify Connect-enabled speakers. Expect to see audio manufacturers jumping over themselves to integrate this new lossless streaming option into their products.

Why is this significant?

Spotify’s market penetration and brand recognition makes it the Godzilla of the streaming world with customers all over the globe. They have been promising “CD-quality” for years but it has never materialised — this may prove to be the catalyst for millions of consumers to seek out better quality audio components to experience Spotify HiFi with much better sound quality.

Tidal and Qobuz have been delivering the best possible sound quality to consumers for years — but this is the equivalent of Apple telling everyone to open their wallets and buy better headphones and loudspeakers because it’s time to get serious about sound quality.

For the teaser, Spotify turned to American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish and record producer FINNEAS to speak about the importance of high-quality audio options for creators and fans. 

Spotify HiFi will join the ranks of Qobuz, Tidal and Amazon HD, each of which offer a premium subscription plan from $14.99 to $19.99/month. Amazon HD can be the cheapest if you’re already a prime member, bringing the cost down to $12.99.

Spotify’s Premium plan is $9.99 per month (U.S.) for access to ad-free music streaming up to 320kbps (not considered CD quality). No specifications were given as to the highest quality music files to be streamed through Spotify HiFi, but we expect to see 16-bit/44.1kHz as the base minimum. Spotify has not clarified if the new HiFi tier will offer high-res streaming to match Tidal or Qobuz.

More updates about Spotify HiFi were announced today at the company’s Stream On event online.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


New Products

Technics SL-100C Direct Drive Turntable

New Products

The new Technics SL-100C Premium Class Turntable includes a direct drive motor, Audio Technica VM95C cartridge, and more.

Sennheiser Momentum 4 Over-Ear Wireless Headphones Lifestyle Woman Sennheiser Momentum 4 Over-Ear Wireless Headphones Lifestyle Woman

New Products

Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones Are Finally Here! In June 2022, Sennheiser teased the next generation Momentum Headphones, but are they worth the...

Fluance Ai81 Floorstanding Powered Loudspeaker Front Angle Fluance Ai81 Floorstanding Powered Loudspeaker Front Angle

Floorstanding Speakers

The $499 Fluance Ai81 Powered Tower Loudspeakers look very impressive on paper. But can they deliver sonically at that price?

Delorean Alpha5 Rear with Doors Open Delorean Alpha5 Rear with Doors Open

Car Speakers

Back to the future? The DeLorean Alpha5 EV will feature a state-of-the-art sound system from Cambridge Audio. 1.21 gigawatts of power!

Andover Audio Spindeck Belt-drive Turntable with Spinbase Speaker Andover Audio Spindeck Belt-drive Turntable with Spinbase Speaker

New Products

Even more affordably priced at $199, SpinDeck simplifies turntable setup and listening to records when used with the Andover Audio Spinbase speaker.

Monoprice Monolith THX-M518HT 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System Monoprice Monolith THX-M518HT 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System

New Products

Monoprice continues to expand its THX Certified speaker line-up with an affordable M518HT 5.1 channel speaker system.

You May Also Like


Circuit Des Yeux, Anat Cohen, and Dinosaur Jr. have teamed up with Qobuz to release exclusive-to-Qobuz, 24-bit tracks mixed in THX® Spatial Audio.


It has been over four years since Spotify went public at $165.90 per share. Let's revisit my past predictions and make some new ones.


Did you just quit Spotify Premium over Neil Young? The $449 Wharfedale Diamond 12.1 loudspeakers, Qobuz, and a Dongle DAC are your answer.


Spotify reports positive news for Q2 2022 with healthy subscriber and revenue growth but ends its Car Thing and Spotify HiFi remains MIA.

Digital Music Systems

The HiFi Rose RS201E Media Player offers both high-resolution audio and video in a category with a lot of compelling options.

MP3 Players

Are consumers still interested in DAPs? Sony is betting they are with new 2nd generation WM1ZM2 and WM1AM2 models.


Highly recommended albums that prove that you can disrupt the algorithmic hegemony and have fun at the same time.


It's not just the music biz—legacy media outlets everywhere are playing the same dangerous game.


ecoustics is a hi-fi and music magazine offering product reviews, podcasts, news and advice for aspiring audiophiles, home theater enthusiasts and headphone hipsters. Read more

Copyright © 1999-2022 ecoustics | Disclaimer: We may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.