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Is Spotify FINALLY about to launch its high-res service?

Apple Music has its lossless Spatial Audio. Tidal, Amazon Music Unlimited, and Qobuz all offer high-resolution audio streams. So where’s Spotify?

The company has been hinting at/promising a hi-res offering for about ten years now. Lately, we’re heard that some kind of “Superpremium” offering was imminent. So far, though, nothing.

However, there is evidence that the company is getting ready to launch a new tier of service.

The Verge reports on some Reddit digging that seems to indicate that the new hi-res service will be called “Spotify Lossless” and will be referred to as “Enhanced Listening.” Guesses are that it will be offered as some kind of subscription bundle–an upsell from the standard sub–that will maybe also include audiobooks.

If you want to get technical, the sleuthing says that Spotify’s lossless won’t be as hi-res as what we can get from Tidal. Maybe. There’s something in there about “up to 24 big quality. That’s an interesting qualification.

Still no word on when this thing may get launched.

Alan Cross

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