Greater than two years in the past, Spotify promised to launch a HiFi tier for audiophiles and individuals who wished the perfect music expertise doable. Whereas, on the time, solely Tidal provided such a excessive sound high quality at a excessive worth, folks believed Spotify can be the one to carry increased sound high quality streaming to an excellent greater viewers.
Whereas the corporate confronted delays, Apple went forward and introduced in the midst of 2021 not solely assist for Excessive-Res Lossless and Spatial Audio songs, however all of those options at no additional value. Then, ultimately, Amazon Prime and Deezer adopted alongside, however Spotify was nowhere to launch a HiFi model of its service.
In these two years, the streaming firm guess on unique podcasts, revamping a number of the buttons, bringing extra personalised experiences, and even redesigning the app. Now, in an interview with The Verge, Spotify’s co-president Gustav Söderström talked about the way forward for HiFi.
“We introduced it, however then the business modified for a bunch of causes,” Söderström mentioned on the most recent episode of Decoder. “We’re going to do it, however we’re going to do it in a method the place it is smart for us and for our listeners. The business modified, and we needed to adapt.”
The publication tried to get just a few extra particulars from Söderström, however he solely mentioned, “we need to do it in a method the place it really works for us from a price perspective as nicely. I’m not allowed to touch upon our label agreements, nor on what different gamers within the business did, for apparent causes.”
Whereas Apple Music and Amazon Music can add extra options with out charging extra, since their important companies don’t come from streaming, Spotify has confronted not-so-good quarters as a consequence of investments in unique content material and the low-lucrative enterprise, which is streaming generally. The corporate additionally complains about Apple and Google’s “abusive” 30% price for each subscription made throughout the app.
That mentioned, should you’re ready for Spotify HiFi to launch, you’ll have to attend a bit extra – though it’s coming. Ultimately, however nonetheless coming.