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 wireless earbuds, sources say. Hits Double Daily quotes music label sources as saying the HiFi tier will enable high-fidelity music streaming (we’re assuming CD-quality) and price 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 Commission for taking a lower of any music subscriptions purchased from inside apps working on its iOS working system. It was additionally criticised for not permitting companies to promote different – probably cheaper – methods of subscribing on their iOS apps. The case adopted a grievance from Spotify in 2019.
Final week, Spotify raised some of its prices, which did not go down significantly nicely in some quarters. And, it additionally launched podcast subscriptions, which is one other space wherein it’s going to compete straight 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 subsequent mannequin is anticipated to look much like the AirPods Pro, however with out Professional-only options like lively noise cancellation (ANC).
Amazon at present presents a high-fidelity service referred to as Amazon Music HD. At £12.99 ($12.99) a month, it prices slightly greater than the usual Amazon Music Unlimited tier but it surely does embrace hi-res variations of quite a lot of tracks. Whether or not Apple desires to go down the hi-res audio route stays to be seen, but it surely appears like all might be revealed within the subsequent few weeks.
Open your ears: Listen to the What Hi-Fi? playlist on Spotify or Tidal
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