Tidal (new music streaming service) - 7 Day Free Trial

Tidal (new music streaming service) - 7 Day Free Trial

Found 2nd Nov 2014
7 day free trial for the new music streaming service - TIDAL.

Available on IOS, Android & PC.

No compromise. With our lossless audio experience, you can enjoy your music the way the artists intended. Unlimited access to over 25 million tracks.

Demand more, dive into video after video from our 75,000-plus music video library. No ads. No fuzzy images. Just crystal clear pictures.

What TIDAL promises are tracks that match the quality of CDs, if you think Napster & Spotify aren't the best quality, give this a try
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Review from DigitalSpy - http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/review/a607161/tidal-music-streaming-service-review-impressive-in-every-way-.html#~oUunXz1AosU704
The regular price of £19.99 seems a bit much.
Edited by: "Darwa" 2nd Nov 2014
Make the most of the 7 day free trial and see if it's worth the difference
way too expensive imo
£20 a month? Holy crap. It'd be cheaper to buy the CDs/digital downloads
£20 a month for super sound quality...to be played through an android phone with sheet speakers

I heard rumours a few months ago that Qobuz are suffering from financial difficulties. Whilst they currently offer gapless playback and digital booklets, I wonder if they'll have to cut back on future improvement if the rumours are indeed true.

What is interesting is how quickly Aspiro have managed to build hardware partnerships for TIDAL after seemingly being ambivalent during the roll-out of WiMP. We'll see in the next few months whether they can improve the core performance of the service, and I e-mailed them with my own questions (their e-mail support is very responsive when the messages get through, but seems to have a very strict spam filter so I had to send to all the below addresses):

dabotsonline / Nicholas Polydor

general AT tidalsupport DOT zendesk DOT com,kristin DOT eldnes AT … general AT tidalsupport DOT zendesk DOT com,kristin DOT eldnes AT tidalhifi DOT com,service AT tidalhifi DOT com, support AT tidalhifi DOT comDear all,Firstly, I've signed up to the 30-day TIDAL trial and it's excellent! Congratulations to you all for your hard work.1. The Pulselocker streaming service available through the 'Splyce' iOS app has a large catalogue of niche dance music and some interesting playback effects for mobile DJing. However, I would love to see TIDAL support in the 'DJ Player' iOS app ( http://djplayerapp.com ) with its fully-featured timecode support, and I feel that its developer, Gábor Szántó, might be interested in a partnership. I would also love to see TIDAL support in desktop-based DJ apps: Traktor, Serato, Virtual DJ, Cross, djay, Deckadance etc. Is there any possibility of this?2. I notice that you have AirPlay support in your iOS app - what about Google Cast support in your iOS and Android apps? Will you also be updating your Android app to support Android TV? What about Apple TV, Xbox One, Playstation 4?3. Lots of mobile operators are now rolling out LTE-Advanced, and CEntrance - not to mention Sony, Denon and OPPO - are aggressively expanding their range of portable DACs. Genelec and JBL Professional have recently made exciting announcements, and I'm sure CES and NAMM in January will reveal yet more products promoting great audio quality.I note that Deezer has just launched in the US with their 'Elite' service in collaboration with Sonos and featuring the same streaming as yourselves: 16-bit/44.1kHz CD-Quality. This is the same fidelity that Qobuz use in other countries and, crucially, they also offer up to 24-bit/192kHz digital downloads if the studio masters were recorded in such resolution (as do HDTracks, Pono Music etc).However, do you have plans to offer *streaming* at 24-bit/192kHz at some point soon? What about streaming of 5.1 and Dolby Atmos?4. Also, it is expected that Google Music Key and YouTube Music Key will offer hi-fi sound with HD music videos very soon, building upon their existing Play Music All-Access service. There are also rumours that Apple will leverage the Beats Music editorial curation to launch a new hi-fi music service in concert with the Grammys next February, perhaps including streaming. Spotify have gone on record to say that they are watching all these developments closely and will be prepared to raise their bitrate above 320kbps when necessary.How do you intend to differentiate the TIDAL proposition amongst this landscape of keen and extremely well-funded competitors?Kind regards,Nicholas Polydor (based in the UK)

And their response (via general AT tidalsupport DOT zendesk DOT com ):

Fredrik @ TIDAL

Hi Nicholas,Thank you for your feedback.1. We are talking to a lot of … Hi Nicholas,Thank you for your feedback.1. We are talking to a lot of both hardware and software manufacturers, but I can unfortunately not reveal any names before it is official. I will anyways forward your request to our Partner Team.2. We are working on Chromecast support in our Android app. No timeline to share yet.3. We have already done some testing with 24bit/96kHz together with Bluesound at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest - works well. No ETA.4. We believe in our own service, but we will welcome other streaming services as well. Competition is healthy.I hope I was able to assist you sufficiently.Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.Best,Fredrik

Has anyone seen any reports of the 24-bit/96kHz streaming collaboration with Bluesound at RMAF 2014? I've searched and found the following tangential mentions:

Spencer Holbert

PRIMER: ROCKY MOUNTAIN AUDIO FEST 2014... word on the street is that we … PRIMER: ROCKY MOUNTAIN AUDIO FEST 2014... word on the street is that we will see 96kHz/24-bit streaming in late 2015. This is huge.


Tyll Hertsens

The Tide is in...And Tidal Lossless Streaming is Rockin' This BoatRedbook … The Tide is in...And Tidal Lossless Streaming is Rockin' This BoatRedbook mastersSubmitted by tidalpal on November 6, 2014 - 1:03amHow can giving you access to 2.5-3 million albums in redbook quality, masters coming directly from the mastering houses (we don't rip anything) for $20/mth be a rip-off?To clarifySubmitted by tidalpal on November 6, 2014 - 1:08amThe lossless option in 44.1/16 is available on all our clients. Our clients not including Windows Phone as there is no native lossless codec there yet and we use the native media renderers in the platforms normally.This means- Lossless in Chrome. We will add more browsers but Chome is so far the best at letting us do some memory management in the background to optimize playback. This is also a good option for Linux. (FLAC)- Lossless in PC/Mac client. This option is still the most robust for sending to an external DAC, unless you have some other re-routing going on in OSX or Windows. (FLAC)- Lossless in Android (FLAC)- Lossless in iOS (ALAC).When you write hi-rez, even though I would like that to be true already, we are streaming lossless redbook 44.1kHz/16bit. In my world, the high-resolution world starts at 88.2kHz/24bit, or perhaps more common 96/24. We have also demonstrated streaming at these rates, but there's still quite a bit on the business side before this is a fully released product, Tyll.WiMPSubmitted by tidalpal on November 6, 2014 - 1:41amTIDAL is the same as the WiMP HiFi product in EU. Not only Bluesound & NAD, but these were communicated as partners at launch with many more to come already: Anthem, Airable by Tune In Media, Astell & Kern, Audeze, Audiovector, AudioQuest, Auralic, Aurender, Bel Canto, Dan D'Agostino, Definitive Technology, Denon HEOS, DTS Play-Fi, Dynaudio, Electrocompaniet, Harman Omni, HiFiAkademie, ickStream, JH Audio, Linn, McIntosh, Meridian, MartinLogan, Paradigm, Polk, Pro-ject, PS Audio, Raumfeld, Simple Audio, Sonos, Steinway Lyngdorf, Wren Sound Systems.


£20 a month? Holy crap. It'd be cheaper to buy the CDs/digital downloads

Excellent point until you actually listen to the difference between compressed rubbish from the likes of Spotify and Itunes and compare it to lossless from Tidal and Quobuz on some decent equipment. The point is there is no comparison and where are you going to listen to practically all the world's music on-line or offline in CD quality for £19.95 per month? Go figure.
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