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Spotify planning to launch Music Pro subscription with lossless

A recent report revealed that Spotify is planning to increase its subscription price soon, at least in some countries. And for those who think paying $10.99 per month for a music streaming platform is already too expensive, the company may soon introduce an even more expensive “Music Pro” subscription that will enable lossless audio and other additional features .

Spotify ‘Music Pro’ to introduce lossless audio at a higher price

Rumors that Spotify is introducing lossless audio are not new. In fact, they date back to before Apple Music added lossless support in 2021. For whatever reason, what became known as “Spotify HiFi” never saw the light of day. However, a report from The edge has now revealed that the platform is preparing to introduce a new “Music Pro” plan.

Hidden code in the Spotify app details what to expect from the new, more expensive “Music Pro” plan. The most notable addition is support for lossless audio. Spotify will provide FLAC audio files “up to 24-bit/44.1kHz.” For comparison, Apple Music offers lossless files ranging from 16-bit/44.1 kHz (called CD quality) to 24-bit/192 kHz.

For those unfamiliar, lossless audio refers to an audio file that has been compressed without loss of information, meaning the audio will sound exactly like the original master file. In other words, the audio contains more details to be noticed by the listener. To listen to lossless audio, it is recommended to use special equipment, such as high-end wired headphones.

But to justify the existence of the higher price, Spotify also plans to add a few other elements to its new tier with lossless audio. For example, the code suggests that Music Pro will unlock a new remix feature to “speed up, mix and edit” tracks. The report also found “some sort of headphone optimization” for specific models, such as Apple’s AirPods.

There is also evidence of more advanced AI-based filters for searching and creating playlists.

Launch details still unclear

It’s still unclear when Spotify plans to launch its new Music Pro tier or how much it will cost. However, while Spotify wants to charge more for lossless audio, Apple has notably made hi-fi audio available to all Apple Music subscribers. Currently, Apple Music also costs $10.99 per month in the United States.

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News Source : 9to5mac.com
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