Tidal Launches In US, UK Packing Hi-Fi Audio, Video and Curation In Single Streaming Platform
Created by the team at WiMP and bringing lossless music to mobile for the first time, Tidal is making waves, but their high quality ALAC and FLAC format at 1,411 kbps, 44.1kHz/16-bit isn't the only thing catching the attention of listeners. In a marketplacce saturated with streaming services ranging from free to reasonably affordable, coming in at $19.99/month, a full $10 over the competition, means Tidal has some proving to do.
Tidal is fully mobile and accessible on the Web through Chrome as well as it's iOs and Android apps. It's sleek design makes it visually appealing, but perhaps lackluster to the passive listener. Audiophiles will find that the addition of curated recomendations, written content and music videos certainly adds quantity and quality to the listening experience. Boasting 25 million songs and 75,000 music videos, Tidal's inventory is impressive inventory but allows quite a bit of room to grow up to it's competitors. Listeners have found that some of their preferred song choices are either unavailable or not eligible for streaming.
Tidal certainly has the upper hand in mass hi-fi audio delivery – and while the increase of sound quality is certainly a welcome addition, the necessity vs. cost of delivery has yet to be determined.