Sep 25, 2023 2 min read

Spotify codebase gives possible insight into new supremium tier

A Reddit user has spotted code in the Spotify app which suggests that a long-anticipated higher-priced subscription tier will include higher-quality audio, audiobooks and extra curation tools

Spotify codebase gives possible insight into new supremium tier

A user on Reddit last week spotted code within the Spotify app that provides some indication about what the streaming service's long-anticipated higher-priced premium package might offer.

Reports circulated in June that Spotify would finally launch a higher priced subscription tier - dubbed 'supremium' - later this year. Among other things, that tier will offer higher quality audio, something Spotify has been actively promising since early 2021.

However, whereas other services did once provide higher quality audio at a higher price, most of Spotify's competitors now offer it as part of their standard premium packages. Therefore Spotify will need to offer other benefits to justify the higher price tag.

Sources previously told Bloomberg that free access to a certain number of audiobooks would be included, which is not surprising given that audiobooks are a priority for Spotify at the moment. And Reddit user Hypixely reports that the Spotify code indeed suggests that audiobook access will be part of the package alongside 24-bit lossless audio.

In addition to that, extra curation tools will seemingly be included, allowing users to sort their library by mood, activity, genre or beats per minute. And, the code also suggests, all this will be available for 19.99 a month, although Hypixely points out that the price could as yet change.

Asked for comment on all this by The Verge, a Spotify spokesperson said simply: “At Spotify, we are constantly iterating and ideating to improve our product offering and offer value to users. But we don’t comment on speculation around possible new features and do not have anything new to share at this time".

Spotify code suggests HiFi tier is coming with lossless audio for $20 / month
Spotify Supremium could have a $19.99 / month price.
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