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Three months TIDAL HiFi Lossless High Fidelity sound quality streaming service for free. £19.99 per month if not cancelled before free trial ends @ Google Play
Three months TIDAL HiFi Lossless High Fidelity sound quality streaming service for free. £19.99 per month if not cancelled before free trial ends @ Google Play

Three months TIDAL HiFi Lossless High Fidelity sound quality streaming service for free. £19.99 per month if not cancelled before free trial ends @ Google Play

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I downloaded the Sennheiser CapTune app from Google Play as I wanted to try higher quality audio and in the options was a 3 month TIDAL trial on the HiFi subscription. After the free trial, the price is £19.99 per month. Sign up (payment details are required), delete the Sennheiser app and just use TIDAL itself.

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Apart from being free, you're gonna want to ask why this over Google Play Music or Spotify (I did). The guff from the site says:

HiFi Vs. Premium Subscriptions
What is the difference between a HiFi Subscription and a Premium Subscription?

HiFi

With a TIDAL HiFi subscription, you have have the ability to stream 40 million tracks in lossless quality. Lossless content is CD quality music meaning that the files are not compressed, so that you hear the music the way the artists intended for their music to be heard.

Premium

With a TIDAL Premium subscription, you still have access to over 40 million tracks, but you are restricted to only High quality. This means that the maximum quality is AAC 320 kbps.

What else is included?

In both HiFi and Premium subscriptions, users have access to nearly 130 000 High Quality Music Videos, with no ads. Also, users have access to our curated editorial content, so you can learn more about your favorite content, read artist interviews, and experience hand crafted playlists from the editorial team and artists themselves.


Bear in mind that as this is far higher quality than the other subscription streaming services, it eats a lot more data so make sure your plan has enough or you have access to WiFi.

If you're using the free earphones you got free with your phone, you probably won't notice a difference in sound quality. If you're using a DAC and a decent set of cans, you probably will. Having said that, three months free is three months free, especially if you've had all the other free trials.

You can cancel the subscription immediately so don't have to remember to cancel and get stung.

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jwsg

Interesting that Tidal themselves say HIFI option is not compressed - yes … Interesting that Tidal themselves say HIFI option is not compressed - yes it's lossless compression but if it's FLAC then it's compressed.


From a TechRadar review:

It streams music in the form of 16bit, 44.1kHz FLAC files with a bitrate of 1411kbps. And I can tell you now, it's brilliant.

For the uninitiated, FLAC is the format of choice for many people who want to listen to music files without having to put up with lossy formats like MP3.

When you compress a music track into an MP3, you have to shave off a lot of detail in order to achieve that miniature file size. Other formats like OGG (as used by Spotify) do a highly commendable job of limiting that shaving mostly to parts of the audio that might be considered 'inaudible'.

The truth is that all compression formats are a compromise, a victory for convenience over sound quality.

FLAC tracks are also compressed but in a totally different way. They're a lot more like a zipped file, so when they're played back, they can be decompressed to their original glory without any loss of fidelity.

Thus, while a CD track might take up anywhere between 60 and 100MB, a FLAC file will be more like 30 to 50MB. MP3s encoded at the maximum bitrate of 320kbps are typically only about 5-10MB in size, and there's no way to get back the information you threw away during compression. That's why MP3 is described as a lossy format while FLAC is not.

The upshot of this is that FLAC is the perfect format for delivering CD-quality music down an internet pipe.
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cold, not vinyl. JOKE!

Thanks op.

Interesting that Tidal themselves say HIFI option is not compressed - yes it's lossless compression but if it's FLAC then it's compressed.

Original Poster

jwsg

Interesting that Tidal themselves say HIFI option is not compressed - yes … Interesting that Tidal themselves say HIFI option is not compressed - yes it's lossless compression but if it's FLAC then it's compressed.


From a TechRadar review:

It streams music in the form of 16bit, 44.1kHz FLAC files with a bitrate of 1411kbps. And I can tell you now, it's brilliant.

For the uninitiated, FLAC is the format of choice for many people who want to listen to music files without having to put up with lossy formats like MP3.

When you compress a music track into an MP3, you have to shave off a lot of detail in order to achieve that miniature file size. Other formats like OGG (as used by Spotify) do a highly commendable job of limiting that shaving mostly to parts of the audio that might be considered 'inaudible'.

The truth is that all compression formats are a compromise, a victory for convenience over sound quality.

FLAC tracks are also compressed but in a totally different way. They're a lot more like a zipped file, so when they're played back, they can be decompressed to their original glory without any loss of fidelity.

Thus, while a CD track might take up anywhere between 60 and 100MB, a FLAC file will be more like 30 to 50MB. MP3s encoded at the maximum bitrate of 320kbps are typically only about 5-10MB in size, and there's no way to get back the information you threw away during compression. That's why MP3 is described as a lossy format while FLAC is not.

The upshot of this is that FLAC is the perfect format for delivering CD-quality music down an internet pipe.

I'm attempting to sign up to Tidal via the CapTune app, but I'm going round in circles. Keep entering email and password, then I'm sent to the offer, where I go through the same process, only to end up at the beginning again. Anybody have any ideas? Thanks

You need to instal Tidal on your phone after CapTune and before signing to Tidal. It works for me.

evelith

You need to instal Tidal on your phone after CapTune and before signing … You need to instal Tidal on your phone after CapTune and before signing to Tidal. It works for me.



Now fixed. Just changed to another email address and it worked. Thanks for the help, though.

Great find :),

Now streaming flac on my squeezebox

Just installed captune but I can't see any options settings or the offer. Thanks in advance for your help.

Nevermind, it was in the choose your music section.
Edited by: "kakah" 26th Dec 2016

Just spotted this having ended a Deezer subscription and no idea why this isn't scorching! Thanks!

Cheers just signed up

Can u cancel straight away and still get the 3 month trial? Hate waiting for the final month to cancel, I tend to forget.

alfreer1

Can u cancel straight away and still get the 3 month trial? Hate waiting … Can u cancel straight away and still get the 3 month trial? Hate waiting for the final month to cancel, I tend to forget.



Yes

Intenso

Yes


Thanks, cancelled and still have my 3 months

CDs are not lossless.

What are folks using to stream this to, as a matter of interest? Guess it's pointless to Bluetooth it, but I've not seen tidal app for fire tv, won't stream direct to av receiver etc...

Only comes up with 30 days. Any ideas?

Thanks OP worked from App store and now playing via Sonos

livid_chimp

What are folks using to stream this to, as a matter of interest? Guess … What are folks using to stream this to, as a matter of interest? Guess it's pointless to Bluetooth it, but I've not seen tidal app for fire tv, won't stream direct to av receiver etc...



You can sideload Tidal in to fire TV but you need a mouse to control it from what I recall as its not made for TV

livid_chimp

What are folks using to stream this to, as a matter of interest? Guess … What are folks using to stream this to, as a matter of interest? Guess it's pointless to Bluetooth it, but I've not seen tidal app for fire tv, won't stream direct to av receiver etc...


was thinking the same, if its an iOS device I wonder if Airplay is lossless?

£19.99 a month LOL probably for the cretins that complain about getting Prime with delivery, videos and music for £6.50 a month.

Free is good for those that haven't got any other access to music. From what I've heard Tidal isn't going to be around much longer. The tide is coming in!

Apart from that Jay Z or as his mum calls him, Shawn Corey Carter has an infinitely punchable face.

In fairness if I was called Shawn Corey I'd be quickly looking to change my name too!

Worked for me thanks

livid_chimp

What are folks using to stream this to, as a matter of interest? Guess … What are folks using to stream this to, as a matter of interest? Guess it's pointless to Bluetooth it, but I've not seen tidal app for fire tv, won't stream direct to av receiver etc...



​It works with a chromecast audio I'm sure. Also to sonos, HEOS etc.

Good find. 3 months free and cancelled the sub so I dont forget to do so. Thanks - will be giving this a go through Sonos.

Thanks, worth a go. Listening now

Thanks OP. Was looking at options last night but could only find the normal 30 day trial.

Signed up via the Captune iOS app and cancelled straight away via web browser.

First impressions are that there is a noticeable difference in quality over 320kbps Spotify. Its going to be interesting whether that improvement is worth £10 more a month than Spotify.
Edited by: "maxh" 6th Jan

Worked, cancelled, 3 months free

For those who are having trouble finding the deal within the CapTune app. You need to open up the sidebar and tap the cogwheel on the top right and go into the settings. Find the Tidal toggle, tap on it and select sign-up, you will then be directed to the offer page.

There may be a simpler way, but this is the one that I used.

Wow..massive difference in quality between spotify on highest quality and this. Heat added

£240 a year?? Seriously? And this is considered a good deal?

been using it for a month, noticeable quality difference through headphones and my hi-fi with mid range speakers however the actual software, playlists, suggestions, etc which make streaming services appealing to me are not anyway near as good as Spotify. I won't be continuing after my 3 month trial, but.glad I have it a go

In favor of lossless music a dragonfly DAC user. Great trial offer. shame about the usual subscription rate , hope it comes down. heat added

mk3

Thanks OP worked from App store and now playing via Sonos



Is there a loss of quality when transferred to the Sonos or is it over WIFI /WAV conversion? Not a sonos user myself.
Wondering if any compression introduced.

anyone know when this offer will end? just signed up to a three month trial last month...

Thoughtful

£240 a year?? Seriously? And this is considered a good deal?


no the deal is £0 for 3 months, come on its not rocket science its written in the title

paulj48

no the deal is £0 for 3 months, come on its not rocket science its … no the deal is £0 for 3 months, come on its not rocket science its written in the title



It's still £240 a year after the 3 month free trial though !

Thoughtful

£240 a year?? Seriously? And this is considered a good deal?


No because that isn't the deal , it's clear what the deal is and you cancel straight away (_;)

malcolmleyland

CDs are not lossless.



Who said they were?

Thoughtful

It's still £240 a year after the 3 month free trial though !


yes but if you cancel before then you get charged nothing but have had 3 months for free, seriously are you still not getting it? oO
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