For later this year, Spotify is announcing an improvement in sound quality with its music streaming service. Premium subscribers in certain countries will thus be able to access a Spotify HiFi functionality.
” Spotify HiFi will stream music with no loss of sound quality to your device and to speakers compatible with Spotify Connect, which means fans will be able to enjoy more depth and clarity while listening to their favorite tracks “, writes the Swedish group.
Spotify does not go into details, however, other than CD quality and lossless audio format, and does not disclose any pricing at this time. This will indeed be a feature with an additional cost.
The famous CD quality typically refers to 16-bit encoding and a sampling frequency of 44.1 kHz (and therefore 44,100 times per second). It remains to be seen what will happen with lossless encoding and bitrate. Currently, the best sound quality offered with Spotify Premium corresponds to Ogg Vorbis at 320 kbit / s (160 kbps for Spotify Free).
For top-notch sound quality there is the specialist Qobuz with 24-bit FLAC up to 192 kHz. Amazon also offers Amazon Music HD with HD titles in 16-bit audio, 44.1 kHz and average bitrate of 850 kbps and Ultra HD titles (24-bit, 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz, average bitrate of 3730 kbps).
On the Deezer side, we already find a HiFi name for so-called high fidelity sound with Deezer HiFi for music in 16-bit FLAC and average bitrate of 1411 kbps, while Deezer Premium is in MP3 and 320 kbps.
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