Spotify will charge its users an additional $5 per month for the Hi-Fi audio feature

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Spotify will charge its users an additional $5 per month for the Hi-Fi audio feature

According to a Bloomberg report, Spotify is on the verge of launching a high-definition audio app for its streaming service. This premium tier is expected to cost an additional $5 per month and will have several new features in addition to improved audio quality.

Earlier, Spotify announced its plans for hi-fi audio in 2021

Existing Spotify Premium subscribers will have the option of adding the HiFi tier to their current plan, bringing the total monthly cost to $16.99 (with the upcoming increase in the base price to $11.99 for Premium). The Bloomberg report suggests that this addition will also include tools for creating playlists designed for specific activities, dates, or seasons. Spotify initially announced its plans for HiFi audio in 2021, but the launch never materialized. Since then, there have been rumors about the features of this premium tier. Last year, Bloomberg reported on a potential “premium” HiFi plan with a higher price. Another report by The Wall Street Journal said that it might include a remix feature that would allow users to adjust the speed of track playback.

Code found in the Spotify app in 2023 provided additional clues about the potential for a HiFi addition. This code leak hinted at the inclusion of 24-bit lossless audio, artificial intelligence playlist creation, and a mood-based song filtering tool for playlists. More recently, a Reddit user found code in the app that mentioned that “lossless has arrived,” and then another user shared a leaked UI element that talked about lossless quality reaching 2117 kbps and 24-bit/44.1 kHz availability for certain songs using the FLAC audio format.

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