The Verge reports that the service is currently called Spotify Hi-Fi, and it will offer lossless CD-quality audio to subscribers. The publication reports that the new tier was rolled out to a small group of users yesterday (February 28).
Screenshots from selected users reveal that Spotify Hi-Fi will be offered to users for an additional $5 to $10, on top of the monthly $10 cost of Spotify Premium. The Verge points out that some Reddit users who received the prompt were unable to upgrade due to error messages or the service not being available in their area.
Of course, Jay Z's Tidal streaming service offers a similar service when it comes to top quality audio resolution, in addition to taking quality a step further with its new "Master" quality recordings.
As pointed out by What Hi-Fi? in January, "market-leading Spotify and Apple Music, offer standard, lossy compression music streams, whether 256 kbps or 320 kbps, AAC, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis," while Deezer Elite and Qoboz opt for CD-quality lossless streams.
When asked for comment by The Verge, a Spotify spokesperson said, "We are always testing new products and offers but have no news to share at this time."
Find screenshots of what the new tier will offer below.
Anyone get this invitation for Spotify Hi-Fi? Looks awesome! pic.twitter.com/2aeYXMIHJD— Cody Kloepfer (@Semantics) March 1, 2017
What the heck is @spotify hi-fi? An extra $7.50 a month but it just says it includes spotify premium?— Rhiley (@Rhil3y) February 28, 2017
@Spotify Is there any official word on the Hi-Fi/lossless offerings we've been getting? I saw it in app but I can't find it again.— The Dubbist™🇯🇲 (@JBPreskool) March 1, 2017