Apple is planning so as to add a brand new HiFi tier to its Apple Music streaming service, and it might coincide with the launch of its AirPods 3 true wi-fi earbuds, sources say. Hits Double Day by day quotes music label sources as saying the HiFi tier will enable high-fidelity music streaming (we’re assuming CD-quality) and value the identical $9.99 (£9.99, AU$9.99) as the present Particular person tier.
Each the brand new tier and the AirPods Three will launch “within the coming weeks”, the sources say. Apple’s annual WWDC builders convention begins on seventh June, so there’s an opportunity we might see a launch round then.
The 2 companies are arch-rivals. Apple was lately reprimanded by the European Fee for taking a minimize of any music subscriptions purchased from inside apps operating on its iOS working system. It was additionally criticised for not permitting companies to promote different – doubtlessly cheaper – methods of subscribing on their iOS apps. The case adopted a grievance from Spotify in 2019.
Final week, Spotify raised a few of its costs, which did not go down notably effectively in some quarters. And, it additionally launched podcast subscriptions, which is one other space by which it is going to compete immediately with Apple.
The third-gen AirPods have been rumoured for some time now. The AirPods 2 launched in 2019, so the earbuds are due a refresh. The following mannequin is anticipated to look just like the AirPods Professional, however with out Professional-only options like lively noise cancellation (ANC).
Amazon at the moment gives a high-fidelity service known as Amazon Music HD. At £12.99 ($12.99) a month, it prices slightly greater than the usual Amazon Music Limitless tier but it surely does embrace hi-res variations of quite a few tracks. Whether or not Apple desires to go down the hi-res audio route stays to be seen, but it surely appears to be like like all might be revealed within the subsequent few weeks.
Open your ears: Take heed to the What Hello-Fi? playlist on Spotify or Tidal
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