Spotify FINALLY announces HiFi streaming

Better late than never I guess! No mention of price hikes, so if it's coming to current Premium accounts without an extra charge I probably won't be renewing Tidal. Luckily I did a full year subscription of Tidal, so I should hopefully have a few months of overlap if they roll it out sooner than later.

https://newsroom.spotify.com/2021-02-22/five-things-to-know-about-spotify-hifi/

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  • msg
    msg Posts: 6,458
    Going by the YouTube preview image, that's the first time I've seen Billie Eilish look somewhat tolerant of being on this planet with the rest of us.
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,550
  • msg
    msg Posts: 6,458
    The chick in the video, gramps.
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,550
    I wonder if it's hard to put a record onto a turntable with those fingernails.

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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,550
    edited February 22
    Maybe now that Spotify is finally going lossless, Pandora will finally go from 192kbps mp3 to 320?!?

    Der duh der. Like two dinosaurs trudging along, refusing to accept that the future of streaming is lossless.
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,357
    edited February 22
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,488
    Billie eilish, her music is recorded incredibly. The soundstaging is off the charts. The bass is also very interesting and deep. The music is just so so

    Will have to check it Spotify
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  • gudnoyez
    gudnoyez Posts: 7,648
    I wonder where the select markets are located?
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  • lightman1
    lightman1 Posts: 10,652
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    gudnoyez wrote: »
    I wonder where the select markets are located?

    All those states that surround Iowa.
    :p

    Dang it!
  • pearsall001
    pearsall001 Posts: 4,500
    Welcome news. Now all the other services will have to up their game to compete with Spotify's UI...I think a lot of folks will be jumping ship to Spotify.
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  • RamZet
    RamZet Posts: 786
    No idea why anyone wouldn't use Amazon HD or Tidal with MQA.
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  • RamZet wrote: »
    No idea why anyone wouldn't use Amazon HD or Tidal with MQA.
    UI, streamer integration, music suggestions and discovery, friends that use Spotify only.
    For me the question becomes what is Tidal or Amazon offering that Spotify isn't. MQA, higher rez, a few high profile exclusive artists.

    Like many things in audio, there just isn't a perfect solution.
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  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 1,893
    RamZet wrote: »
    No idea why anyone wouldn't use Amazon HD or Tidal with MQA.

    I was annoyed with Amazon HD because they didn't have any facility for ensuring bitperfect streaming to an external DAC that bypasses the Windows Kernel Mixer. No ASIO or Wasapi integration into their desktop streaming software. Both Qobuz and TIDAL do have that.

    For people who are using a music streamer that has Amazon HD support that wouldn't be an issue.
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  • TEAforONE
    TEAforONE Posts: 636
    It's about freakin time. I started with Spotify because of their great library. They lost me because of sound quality. I'm with Qobuz now. Depending on price,I may go back.
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  • WLDock
    WLDock Posts: 2,878
    edited February 22
    VR3 wrote: »
    Billie eilish, her music is recorded incredibly. The soundstaging is off the charts. The bass is also very interesting and deep. The music is just so so
    Will have to check it Spotify
    Exactly! How the hell did she win all those Grammy's, I don't know. Also, some of her comments had me shaking my head but she's said some good things as well.

    Anyway, when searching stations I run across her music from time to time. I agree that some of the tracks are recorded pretty well.

  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 1,951
    F1nut wrote: »
    Pretty face, too bad about the rest.
    There is a long list for that.
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  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 1,951
    I will feel (more than) a little vindicated if this 'upgrade' really pans out. I've avoided Tidal at all 'costs' :D so curious to see if we truly experience higher quality with Spotify.

    There's no doubt this is due to Spotify's failure to actually turn a profit since...forever. You can easily see from the charts below that, even with increasing revenue year-over-year, they have yet to turn a profit.
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,488
    WLDock wrote: »
    VR3 wrote: »
    Billie eilish, her music is recorded incredibly. The soundstaging is off the charts. The bass is also very interesting and deep. The music is just so so
    Will have to check it Spotify
    Exactly! How the hell did she win all those Grammy's, I don't know. Also, some of her comments had me shaking my head but she's said some good things as well.

    Anyway, when searching stations I run across her music from time to time. I agree that some of the tracks are recorded pretty well.

    Dunno man, what she does with the soundstage in the mix is head turning.
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  • BlueFox
    BlueFox Posts: 14,430
    jdjohn wrote: »
    There's no doubt this is due to Spotify's failure to actually turn a profit since...forever. You can easily see from the charts below that, even with increasing revenue year-over-year, they have yet to turn a profit.

    Has any streaming service made a profit yet?
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  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 1,951
    BlueFox wrote: »
    Has any streaming service made a profit yet?
    Good question! I can't attempt to answer that with any confidence. I think Spotify is the only one publicly traded. Qobuz's library is apparently provided through Sublime+, FWIW. Tidal was originally owned by Jay-Z, but is now 'artist owned' by committee, so good luck with that.
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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,357
    edited February 23
    jdjohn wrote: »
    I will feel (more than) a little vindicated if this 'upgrade' really pans out. I've avoided Tidal at all 'costs' :D so curious to see if we truly experience higher quality with Spotify.

    There's no doubt this is due to Spotify's failure to actually turn a profit since...forever. You can easily see from the charts below that, even with increasing revenue year-over-year, they have yet to turn a profit.
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    Looks like the trend for any good, modern tech company ;)

  • I think they’ve teased us with this announcement once before.
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  • rooftop59
    rooftop59 Posts: 7,154
    I think they’ve teased us with this announcement once before.

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  • I think they’ve teased us with this announcement once before.
    They have absolutely teased it with surveys, maybes, and other indirect responses to questions. But to my knowledge this is there first conclusive announcement committing to it. And paying for a high profile pop star to announce it shows a pretty serious financial commitment to it as well.
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  • rooftop59
    rooftop59 Posts: 7,154
    I think they’ve teased us with this announcement once before.
    They have absolutely teased it with surveys, maybes, and other indirect responses to questions. But to my knowledge this is there first conclusive announcement committing to it. And paying for a high profile pop star to announce it shows a pretty serious financial commitment to it as well.

    They beta tested it well over a year ago...that really fanned the flame!
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  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 1,951
    I don't get the whole "select markets" thing. I guess they'll only transmit over a certain range of IP addresses, and certain cell towers?
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  • jdjohn wrote: »
    I don't get the whole "select markets" thing. I guess they'll only transmit over a certain range of IP addresses, and certain cell towers?
    My guess would be that it has more to do with licensing. Of the music.

    For example, Chesky doesn't put any of their music on Tidal because they want you to purchase their full high res files. But they do have their music on Spotify to allow people to sample the music, and hopefully purchase the high res later.

    I'm sure they have large teams working on what markets make the most sense. The formula probably includes licensing, % of users willing to pay more for Premium or hifi, internet distribution laws/regulations, infrastructure to support hifi bandwidth, cost of supporting hifi with existing infrastructure, and some other things I'm sure.

    I would imagine the US and most of Europe will be in the first markets. Largest music markets, largest customer bases, strongest internet infrastructures. Plus people in the US tend to be willing to pay a little more on subscription services. But parts of Asia and Africa can be much more complicated to roll out something like this.
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