Last week, Spotify announced that paid subscribers rose 21% to 158 million in the first quarter of this year. Spotify HiFi was launched this quarter, which will allow subscribers to listen to lossless streaming music in select markets later this year. According to Spotify, this feature will allow subscribers to “listen to their favorite songs just the way the artists intended,” and it’s “consistently one of the most sought-after new features.”
With Apple Music considered to be Spotify’s biggest rival, its lossless stream could help extend its lead over Apple’s music streamer. However, according to hits Daily Double (via AppleInsider), Apple Music is expected to announce its own tier within a few weeks, delivering HIFI music at an additional price of $ 9.99 per month. The rumor calls Apple offers a cheaper and better quality service than its competitors.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple recently released beta version 1 for iOS 14.6 developers. The code included in the version mentioned things like “Dolby Atmos”, “Dolby Audio”, and “Lossless”. The references don’t appear in iOS 14.5 and iOS 14.6 Beta 2, which means Apple may be trying to keep this a secret.
It is rumored that Apple Music is about to offer a lossless tier of HIFI for streaming music for an additional $ 9.99 per month
In addition to Spotify, whose high quality stream will be available later this year, Amazon Music HD offers a higher quality stream at 320 kbps for $ 14.99 per month ($ 12.99 for Prime members), up $ 5 per month than the standard plan. Tidal offers a lossless service priced at $ 19.99 per month that transmits at 1,411 kbps.
Apple could roll out the lossless streaming tier for Apple Music during virtual WWDC 2021, slated to begin June 7th. Additionally, some believe that Apple will announce the new Apple Music tier at the same time as the launch of new AirPods, which may include the AirPods 3, AirPods Pro 2, and two other possible models. However, TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said back in March that the third generation was “audible”. will only see the light of day in the third quarter (July-September) of this year.