An excruciating timeline of our six-year wait for Spotify HiFi

Frankly, it’s gotten to the point where we’d juxtapose the painful six-year wait for Spotify HiFi with the 13-year and 36-year gaps for the Avatar and Top Gun sequels. The worst part, of course, is that this is six years and more. OK, so Spotify really only confirmed it would release a ‘Spotify Hi-Fi’ tier just two years ago, but we can trace stories of the first rumors back to 2017. We wrote that ‘Spotify Hi-Fi tier is set to offer lossless streaming’ in March of that year (just after Donald Trump was inaugurated as president, to make a nice point of how long ago that actually was) based on a test the service is running was, and since then there’s been a steady stream of hints and developments pointing to Spotify HiFi appearing on the horizon.

The elephant in the room is that 22 months after Spotify said HiFi would launch, we still haven’t got it. It’s very disappointing, although Spotify must be just as frustrated with what’s holding it back from its launch – apparently it’s mired in a licensing feud, though the company hasn’t said much about it publicly.

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