Spotify takes a cue from Tidal with hi-fi streaming option

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High-quality audio, coming to Spotify.

By Mashable

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Facebook copies Snapchat, and Spotify copies Tidal.

The top music streaming service is planning to introduce lossless audio — or CD-quality music — to subscribers for a higher monthly price, according to a report in The Verge.

That report was based on a Spotify user source who got the option to sign up in what looked like a test of potential pricing, and some Reddit users who did, too. A Spotify spokesperson told the publication that “We are always testing new products and offers but have no news to share at this time.” Spotify gave the same statement to Mashable.

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The pricing test offered users an upgrade to high-quality audio for between $5 and $10 more per month than the usual $10-a-month Spotify Premium. That would be $15 to $20 a month total for lossless audio Spotify subscribers.

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Tidal was the first — and for a while, only — major streaming service to offer lossless audio, which it describes as a “fully detailed, richer sound.” Tidal charges $19.99 a month for lossless sound quality, or $16.99 a month if users pay for six months at a time.

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Tidal, hold on to Beyoncé.

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