(dpa) – Music streaming provider Deezer has introduced a new payment tier combining the features of a Hi-Fi and a Family subscription. Deezer Family Hi-Fi can be used independently by up to six family members.
The Spotify rival, known for its emphasis on high-quality audio streaming, says each family member will be able to stream albums and songs in higher quality (16-bit) with the lossless audio format FLAC, roughly corresponding to CD quality.
For the time being, only subscribers to Family Hi-Fi (which costs 15 euros or 15 dollars a month) are to be able to upgrade to “Deezer Family Hi-Fi” at an additional cost of 5 euros or 5 dollars each month.
Over the course of the year, however, the provider also plans to offer the tariff to new customers straight away for a total of 20 euros or 20 dollars a month.
For comparison, Spotify offers users six accounts with a similar Family subscription for 15 euros or 15 dollars, albeit without the high-quality streaming.
As a rule, a single subscription for streaming via app or browser, including offline music listening on mobile devices, costs around 10 euros or dollars a month in standard quality with services like Apple Music, Tidal and YouTube Music.
Deezer’s announcement came the same week Spotify made headlines with its decision to purchase the creator of a live audio app called Locker Room.
The acquisition is expected to help Spotify better compete against companies such as Clubhouse, an audio-only app that is popular among music artists to connect with fans, as well as rivals like Deezer.
Deezer is not the only audio streaming service with high-quality music, and subscriptions with CD or even studio quality (FLAC with 24 bits) are also offered by Amazon Music HD, Qobuz Hi-Fi and Tidal Hi-Fi, at prices between 15 and 30 euros / dollars per month.