September 21, 2023

The brand new HiFi plan that Spotify first introduced again in 2021 might lastly arrive later this yr. Bloomberg is reporting at the moment that the brand new plan codenamed “Supremium” internally is anticipated to launch later in non-US markets.

Again in March of this yr, Spotify co-president Gustav Söderström stated in an interview that rather a lot has modified since Spotify first introduced its HiFi plan two years in the past. “We’re going to do it, however we’re going to do it in a manner the place it is smart for us and for our listeners. The trade modified and we needed to adapt,” the exec stated on the time.

Spotify might have a tough time providing higher audio high quality at a premium when rivals Apple Music and Amazon Music already provide that to subscribers at no extra price. Apple at present affords its full music catalog in lossless audio, with a rising variety of songs accessible in spatial audio with Dolby Atmos. Amazon Music additionally affords 1000’s of songs in Dolby Atmos or 360 Actuality Audio high quality.

In accordance with Bloomberg, Spotify can be planning to enhance its current Premium plan by increasing entry to audiobooks, that are at present solely accessible for buy on the internet. The report says that Spotify may both let Spotify Premium members hearken to audiobooks for a selected variety of hours per thirty days or choose of audiobooks accessible at no cost. Once more, Spotify is anticipated to launch this function in different markets first earlier than bringing it to the US in October.

Whereas Spotify declined to touch upon Bloomberg’s report, the corporate introduced at the moment that it was rolling out a refreshed desktop expertise with redesigned ‘Your Library’ and ‘Now Taking part in’ views. The corporate says its desktop expertise is now extra aligned with how Spotify works on cell units.