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Friday, March 5, 2021

Spotify HiFi is coming to town — and Tidal just peed its pants

Final night time, I felt a terrific disturbance. It was as if tens of millions of nerds cried out in pleasure, however one voice was immediately silenced. I concern… Oh wait, I do know what it’s: Spotify HiFi was introduced and Tidal shat itself in terror.

Lengthy story brief, Spotify had an occasion. There have been a number of issues introduced at that occasion, however one stood above all of them: Spotify HiFi. This can be a new service the corporate will provide, permitting its customers to hearken to lossless recordsdata.

Let’s speak about what that means.

At the moment, Spotify solely performs MP3s, with the utmost high quality obtainable being 320kbps. These recordsdata are often known as lossy. The rationale for that is that components of the unique observe are actually misplaced within the compression course of. That is to scale back file sizes as a lot as doable.

Lossless recordsdata, alternatively, aren’t compressed. With out getting slowed down in data, meaning when you’ve got the appropriate tools, the music ought to sound richer, rounder, and clearer. We’ll get onto the veracity of that later.

As a fast comparability, the very best high quality MP3 has a bitrate of 320kbps, whereas CD’s have a 1,411kps bitrate. The latter is what Spotify HiFi will ship to you quickly.

And Tidal needs to be fearful.

Why is Spotify HiFi such an issue for Tidal?

Mainly, the one purpose you’d use Tidal over Spotify is for lossless recordsdata. With this gone, Tidal loses its solely actual aggressive edge over many over streaming companies.

With regards to flexibility, design, the person interface — anything you possibly can title, actually — Spotify is healthier than Tidal. In my expertise with utilizing the latter, I’d grit my tooth as a way to entry the higher-quality music recordsdata.

This makes one thing very clear: now I can get high-quality tunes on Spotify HiFi, why would I hassle with a worse expertise elsewhere?

Within the sake of stability, Tidal does have a function Spotify HiFi is unlikely to emulate: Tidal Masters.