25 November 2021
It was a year ago when Spotify announced its plans for a new subscription tier dedicated to lossless streaming. It is called Spotify HiFi and was supposed to arrive sometime during 2021 but as you may have noticed, there are signs of it releasing. The official announcement on the situation is finally out and it is not an encouraging one by any means.
Spotify has officially delayed the HiFi release for an indefinite period. It did not mention the reasons for the delay or for how long it has been pushed back. The announce post on Spotify Community says, "We know that HiFi quality audio is important to you. We feel the same, and we’re excited to deliver a Spotify HiFi experience to Premium users in the future. But we don’t have timing details to share yet. We will of course update you here when we can."
The idea behind Spotify HiFi is to offer lossless audio tracks for streaming so that users can listen to the music the way it was meant to. The support would be available for different audio devices including Spotify Connect speakers. It should be noted that an average listener cannot tell the difference between lossless and standard audio formats. However, it is something audiophiles deeply care about and have been asking for a long time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that Spotify's original plans were to release HiFi support as a new subscription tier. It means users would have had to pay more to get lossless audio. This is different from Apple Music as it includes lossless and spatial audio with standard subscription plans. There are speculations that Spotify may be considering doing the same as Apple Music is one of its biggest rivals.