Almost a year ago, Spotify announced plans to roll out a higher level of its streaming service with CD-quality music in some markets by 2021. However, Spotify HiFi is still not available and there is no indication of when it will actually arrive.
“Artists and fans have told us that HiFi quality audio is important to them. We agree and are excited to bring a Spotify HiFi experience to Premium users in the future,” a Spotify spokesperson told Engadget. “We have no timing details to share today.” A Spotify moderator shared a similar update on the community forums.
In 2017, Spotify tested CD-quality audio by offering some users in the US access to lossless music for an additional $7.50 per month. Since then, other prominent music streaming services have embraced lossless streaming, with Apple Music joining Tidal and Deezer. The French HD streaming service Qobuz arrived in the US in 2019.
Spotify hasn’t said how much HiFi will cost when the service rolls out more widely, but competitors can force its hand to offer lossless music streaming at no extra cost. Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Tidal have all included CD-quality audio in their standard plans for the past year.
Other details about Spotify HiFi besides pricing and availability remain unclear. However, the company has confirmed that the service will work with Spotify Connect-enabled speakers.
Update 1/10 4:10 PM ET: Added Spotify statement.
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