Spotify introduces HiFi, a new high-end subscription service

Camille Grochowski | Banner | The new HiFi Spotify subscription service will allow listeners to stream higher quality music through their speakers and headphones.

Spotify announced its new subscription offer during their Spotify Stream On event Feb. 22 that will allow Premium subscribers to upgrade to their new Spotify HiFi.

Spotify HiFi will bring higher-quality sound to Spotify’s loyal customers. HiFi stands for high fidelity, a term used in the audio industry and by enthusiasts to mean high-quality sound, in contrast to lo-fi, which is raw audio and may have distortions.

In a press release about Spotify HiFi, Spotify said they heard their customers’ desire for high-quality sound, and they listened.

“High-quality music streaming is consistently one of the most requested new features by our users,” Spotify said on their press release. “Spotify HiFi will deliver music in CD-quality, lossless audio format to your device and Spotify Connect-enabled speakers, which means fans will be able to experience more depth and clarity while enjoying their favorite tracks.”

The press release also said for those who get Spotify HiFi, they have created a seamless user experience, “building on our commitment to make sure users can listen to the music they love in the way they want to enjoy it,” Spotify’s press release said.

Spotify is a popular platform for students to listen to their music. 

Anais Peña, junior kinesiology major, said she uses Spotify often, particularly when she’s studying or cleaning.

“When I’m studying, (I listen to) classical music,” Peña said. “When I’m
cleaning, something that is upbeat.”

Kimberly Vazquez-Salcedo, sophomore business administration major, said she uses Apple Music over Spotify.

“Spotify music has ads if you don’t have the subscription,” Vazquez-Salcedo said. “I’ve never had a subscription with Spotify.”

Peña said she uses a family plan started by her brother. 

“My brother has a family plan, so we do have the Premium and there are
no commercials,” Peña said. “Before, I would listen to Pandora and iHeartRadio and I had to listen to the ads and I got tired of it. So my brother said ‘Hey, just hop on my Spotify,’ and I did, and it’s been great.” 

Peña said she enjoys the benefits a Spotify Premium gets her, particularly the Spotify Premium Student bundle with Hulu and Showtime.

“It’s cheap and you can have multiple lines,” Peña said. “There’s a special, especially for students, where you can get Hulu. They have good promotions.”

But Vazquez-Salcedo said Spotify’s new upgrade to give users HiFi sound and CD-quality recordings would add something to it.

“You always want good-quality music, so I think that would be good,” Vazquez-Salcedo said.

Spotify HiFi will be available later this year to select markets, and students should keep watch, because Spotify said it will release more information to the public concerning their new Spotify HiFi subscription  soon.

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