Spotify HiFi is a concept that the company presented to us two years ago, but since then and until today we have not been able to delight our ears with high quality music on the platform. It’s been so long that I’ve forgotten about it, but an interview with The Verge has rekindled my hope. Gustav Söderström (co-chairman of Spotify) confirmed that the HiFi option was coming, but it was slowed by a few unexpected issues.
The first obstacle was the music industry itself: “[…] the industry has changed and Spotify has had to adapt“. He did not elaborate on the subject, but did mention that he had run into cost and contract issues with record companies. The company is also trying to get out of the ordinary with the introduction of the HiFi function. Söderström wants Spotify to have a unique approach and not seem like a “unnecessary convenience„.
What is Spotify HiFi?
Some of you may be starting to wonder why all the fuss about Spotify HiFi. What will it be, what does it add? The short answer would be that it sounds better, but that’s not even a fraction of the reasons why SOME of us should be happy. We took the easy way out, so let’s look at a few reasons why I’m glad we’re getting a HiFi subscription after all.
- Spotify HiFi is one of the most requested features among users of the streaming platform;
- The audio quality is incomparable to the music we currently find in the platform’s library. The HiFi format refers to the fact that the music has the quality of a CD, in lossless format, so you will enjoy much greater depth and clarity, and the songs will sound as the artist intended;
- Music in HiFi format sounds better on compatible speakers, so we will also have integration with certified Spotify Connect products. In this way, users will be able to immediately find a set of capable speakers without going through a thorough research process.