O Spotify promised a lossless music plan early last year. This commitment could become a reality in the near future: on Friday (14), the streaming platform sent a survey to a user citing the Platinum plan, which would have HiFi quality and other advantages. But the subscription value will be higher.
The clue came from a post on Reddit made by the user identified as nearlymind. “Spotify asked me to do a search after I canceled Spotify Premium the other week for Apple Music,” the thread author said. “The survey asked me if I would switch to Spotify Platinum in the ‘next 30 days’.”
Further on, the publication brings a screenshot with three planes. The first two modes are already known: the free option and the individual Premium, which offers unlimited and ad-free music. The third, however, is not even available on the streaming platform’s website and is identified as “Platinum”.
According to the image, Platinum brings everything that the individual Premium already has. However, there is a list of extra features, starting with “HiFi”. This means that the plan would support high quality music, possibly in lossless (i.e. no loss of quality), following up on the promise made by Spotify in 2021.
The image also revealed the prices of the plans: US$ 9.99 per month (about R$ 51.50) for the individual Premium and US$ 19.99 (about R$ 100) for Platinum. In Brazil, individual, duo and family monthly fees cost R$19.90, R$24.90 and R$34.90, respectively.
If the rumor comes to fruition, the plan would put the streaming platform on the heels of competitors. Apple, for example, offers lossless music to all subscribers with prices starting at R$21.90 per month, disregarding the university plan. To listen to the standard, just use compatible equipment.
The same is said to Deezer. However, Deezer HiFi, which also promises high quality music, costs R$34.90 in Brazil, while Premium costs R$19.90 per month. Tidal, in turn, offers the HiFi plan for BRL 16.90, with a promise to deliver music at rates of up to 1,411 kb/s, and HiFi Plus, for BRL 33.80, with rates up to 9,216 kb/s (ie with higher quality).
The screenshot revealed other Platinum differentiators. This is the case of Studio Sound, Headphone Tuner and Audio Insights, which can be resources related to the quality of the media being played. The list also cites Library Pro and Playlist Pro, which can be better curated for more expensive plan subscribers, and limited ad podcasts.
Spotify promised HiFi plan (but so far, nothing)
The survey reveals something that subscribers still don’t have in their hands (or rather, in their ears). However, this is nothing new. So it’s better to go back to 2021, when Spotify promised it would launch a HiFi plan, which would have CD-quality music in a lossless pattern. That is, everything is clean, without loss of quality due to compression.
The problem is, so far, nothing has happened. The only news was revealed in January, when a moderator of the forum of the streaming platform informed that there were no details about the launch of the new product. In other words: Spotify HiFi had no date to arrive.
“We know that HiFi quality audio is important to you. We feel the same way and are excited to offer a Spotify HiFi experience to Premium users in the future. But we don’t have details on dates to share yet,” the moderator said. “Of course we will update you here when we can.”
Meanwhile, Spotify hasn’t confirmed anything about Platinum. Nor did he give a release forecast for a plan with the lossless format. But, after almost two years of waiting, I have only one thing to say: I only believe by seeing (or rather, hearing).