Spotify May Finally Offer Lossless Streaming With ‘Music Pro’

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Key Takeaways

  • Spotify code hints at a "Music Pro" add-on that would offer lossless streaming.
  • The bundle would also include TikTok-style remixes.
  • The service might also optimize sound for specific headphones.

Spotify may be close to offering its long-promised lossless music streaming, according to code references.

As noted by The Verge, Reddit user Hypixely has found code references in the Spotify app to a Music Pro “add-on” that would included lossless audio up to a 24-bit/44.1kHz rate in FLAC.

The app code also makes mention of recently leaked remixing features, here described as “Advanced Mixing tools.” The Wall Street Journal reported that the suite would give listeners TikTok-style editing of songs, including mashups and speed-ups. Basic mixing might be available through a standard Premium subscription.

Spotify might also tune audio to specific headphones. An optimization feature would use “patented technology” to improve performance for certain headphone models, the code said. This would include Apple’s AirPods.

We’ve asked Spotify for comment and will let you know if there’s a response.

Spotify first announced plans for lossless music in February 2021. At the time, it expected a “Spotify HiFi” tier to arrive by the end of the year. While there have been signs of ongoing work on the high-quality listening experience, nothing official has materialized.

The company has faced pressure to do more. Since the HiFi announcement, Amazon Music and Apple Music have both added higher-quality streaming to their regular plans. If lossless audio was the only benefit from HiFi, Spotify would effectively charge extra for the same functionality.

Should Music Pro go forward, Spotify would have more reasons to justify the higher subscription fees. Whether or not customers pay isn’t clear. Many people don’t have headphones or speakers that can take full advantage of lossless music, and perks like remixing aren’t guaranteed to draw customers.

Spotify has a comfortable lead in the market with a 31.7% worldwide share in the third quarter of 2023, according to Statista. Even so, it has struggled to turn a profit. Music Pro may improve the company’s financials by making some of those listeners more profitable.