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Spotify to launch ‘hifi’ tier in 2021 – Darko.Audio

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As bombs landing on the hi-fi/audiophile world go, they don’t get much bigger than this: according to The Verge, Spotify is set to launch a lossless streaming tier sometime in 2021. The new ‘hifi’ tier will offer CD-quality streaming to all Spotify apps – smartphone and desktop – as well as Spotify Connect-enabled audio devices.
Currently, Spotify’s Ogg Vorbis-based lossy encoding sees streams top out at 320kbps. CD quality streaming will see data rates rise to anything between 700kbps and 1400kbps.

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