Spotify right now introduced its plans to roll out a new high-end subscription service, known as Spotify HiFi, together with different new options and updates, together with a new podcast morning present, content material offers, and options for creators. The firm stated Spotify HiFi will launch later this yr to Spotify Premium subscribers in choose world markets, permitting them to hear to music in “CD-quality, lossless audio format.”
The news was first introduced at Spotify’s on-line occasion, “Stream On.”
Spotify stated high-quality music streaming has persistently been one in all customers’ most-requested options, and touted the facility of high-quality audio — even by roping in Billie Eilish to make feedback on Spotify’s behalf throughout the livestreamed occasion.
Spotify additionally stated the HiFi service service will work throughout units, together with on Spotify Connect-enabled audio system. And it stated it’s working with a few of the world’s greatest speaker producers to make Spotify HiFi accessible to extra followers by way of Spotify Connect.
But Spotify’s news was gentle on the small print customers will actually need to know — like pricing, launch date and even which markets will help the new subscription at launch. We perceive the subscription will value greater than the Premium providing by itself, clearly, however the actual value will fluctuate by market. It will even be marketed as a Premium “add-on.”
The firm right now additionally supplied an replace on its current artist packages, noting that it had added 76,000 artists to playlists for the primary time and highlighted 175 up-and-coming artists via its Radar program, which presents editorial and advertising and marketing help. It highlighted, too, how artists had been utilizing newer instruments like Enhanced Albums, and its Stories characteristic, Clips, which it says will quickly roll out to extra artists.
And it touted plans to considerably develop entry to its service’s world footprint, saying that, over the subsequent few days, it’s going to develop to new markets that can permit it to attain greater than a billion folks worldwide, practically half of whom are already utilizing the web.
On the podcasts aspect, Spotify introduced a new morning present, “The Get Up,” and a new multi-year content material take care of the Russo Brothers. On the R&D aspect, Spotify spoke about plans to enhance podcast suggestions and discovery via new options and enhancements to its algorithms and underlying expertise.
One characteristic, will assist to determine podcasts by class while not having to know the precise present or episode title. For instance, customers may sort in “cooking” within the search bar and discover podcasts that match that information. This characteristic is being examined now within the U.S. and can roll out to extra places this yr.
On its podcast creation app, Anchor, Spotify stated it’s partnering with WordPress to flip textual content into audio, add video to their podcasts, and entry new interactive options like polls and Q&As so as to add real-time communication with followers to their reveals.
More to come…