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Spotify is reportedly soon to launch a new “Supremium” tier with hi-res audio

Spotify may be the biggest of the streaming music platforms, but it lags behind many of its competitors in one important way: high-quality audio. Yeah, music on Spotify sounds…fine, but it’s not up to the same bitrate as what we can get on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal, Deezer, Quboz, and a few others. The company has been promising some kind of high-res stream for a couple of years now, but so far, nothing.

However, according to Bloomberg, Spotify is working on the launch of a “Supremium” tier. It’ll cost more (no idea how much; could be $19.99/month, up from the usual $9.99) but the high-res offering is said to cover all music and audiobooks. It appears that the new tier will debut in non-US markets sometime later this year.

Spotify needs to boost paid subs in any way it can. Check out this chart from RAIN. You can see the issue they have with subs plateauing.

I’m all for high-res audio. Once you go there, you won’t come back. It’s worth the extra outlay–to me, anyway.

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Alan Cross

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