One of lime and another of sand in the field of audio for Apple users. First, the good news: Spotify has announced that HiFi sound is coming to your platform as a new payment plan. On the other hand, Netflix has confirmed that they are not working on the incorporation of spatial audio in their app for Apple platforms.
Spotify HiFi: high-quality sound is coming this year
In its event online Stream On, Spotify has announced the arrival of high-quality sound on your platform. Dubbed Spotify HiFi, “Premium subscribers in select markets will be able to enhance their sound quality with Spotify HiFi and enjoy their favorite songs the way the artists intended.” The Swedish company thus confirms the arrival of one of the most demanded functions at your service streaming musical.
Spotify HiFi will offer “CD quality” music and lossless. And it will do so on both devices and smart speakers that support the service with Spotify Connect. They also ensure be working with more manufacturers to expand the reach of Spotify Connect. The company has not yet released its global rollout plans, dates or pricing. But it does affirm that it will reach several markets throughout this year.
With the arrival of high-quality audio on Spotify, they are catching up with Tidal. The latter has been offering high-quality music and access to master copies for several years. Y It does it for a price of 19.99 euros per month (double your normal subscription). On the Apple side, there is no similar option on the market yet.
Until now, Tidal was the only major service to offer HiFI sound in its catalog. Spotify will be the next to enter this battlefield
Apple Music does not yet have a HiFi option in its price catalog. At the moment, there are only subscriptions for students, normal and family, which differ in price. However, the arrival of the AirPods Max and have HomePods as a home speaker, make high-quality sound an addition that could be very succulent.
Netflix is not testing Apple’s spatial audio and has no plans for it
Speaking to MacRumors, a Netflix spokesperson said it is not testing spatial audio support, and has no plans to make it public at this time.
MacRumors was able to speak to Netflix and confirm that they do not plan to incorporate this sound into their service. If that are testing multi-channel speaker support, but not for spatial audio. This feature came to the AirPods Pro with an update last year, as well as the AirPods Max shortly after.
With these statements, Netflix denies a rumor last month that it was claimed that spatial audio would reach its service. Like is logic, Apple TV + offers this feature to AirPods Pro and AirPods Max users. Hulu, Disney + and HBO Max also have this feature, so it was not unreasonable to think that Netflix would also do it.
Spatial audio is a dynamic way of listening to series and movies. Creates a sound field that is referenced by the device to which the headphones are connected. For it, uses directional filters and frequency shifts in each ear to try to give that immersive experience. Apple says that with its technology, they are capable of reproducing 5.1, 7.1 and Dolby Atmos sound.