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Tidal Music Streaming Review – HiFi Music Streaming


Tidal Music Streaming Review – HiFi Music Streaming

Music streaming services have quickly become more popular than buying albums thanks to easy access to unlimited music for less than the cost of an album per month. Despite that, streaming has continuously left one major demographic out of the loop. With low-quality streams and MP3s, audiophiles typically hate music streaming. However, Tidal Music Streaming is a HiFi streaming site that aims to cater to individuals in search of high-quality music with lossless audio files and broad bandwidth. While pricier than their lower quality alternatives, Tidal still costs about the same as two CDs a month and offers you access to much more music. Is it worth the money?

Review of Tidal Music Streaming

Tidal Music Streaming offers high-definition CD quality music streaming. Overall, the service works well, but at $19.99 a month, is a little pricey for the average subscriber. With around 25 million tracks already in the library, it’s also off to a good start, with a pretty wide sampling of genres, bands and artists. The iOS app has a few kinks and I did not try the Android version due to lacking an Android, but the layout is decent, the sound quality stunning, and search is easy. Overall it’s a decent app that offers quality music if you appreciate such. While it does cost more, it is worth the money if you care enough about quality.

What is Lossless Quality

Lossless quality is essentially an uncompressed music file that does not ‘loose’ audio quality when compressed. Some lossless quality audio does not use compression at all, which makes the file very large. Because lossy files such as MP3 strip away the upper and lower levels of the track to reduce the size, you get a better music experience with lossless files.

Do You Need It?

One of the most important things to consider about lossless audio is that you might not be able to hear it. With the average ear drum unable to differentiate between medium and high quality audio. While Tidal doesn’t stream in something in incredibly high definition like 24-bit, but rather the 16-bit used by CDs, you might not be able to tell the difference between it and Spotify’s “Extreme” high quality ‘320Kbps tracks. The only way to decide if you can hear the difference is to give it a test drive. Pop in a CD and listen to it using headphones, and then do the same with Spotify. If you liked the sound better on the CD, you’ll love Tidal. If you couldn’t care less, then no, you don’t need it.

Pros of Tidal Music Streaming

Tidal Music Streaming has a lot of pros, especially if you enjoy high quality music.

  • Really noticeable quality improvement over Spotify
  • CD-quality
  • Music videos
  • Music discovery feature
  • Easy to navigate app and Google Chrome plugin
  • Almost just like Spotify

Cons of Tidal Music Streaming

  • Library could be larger
  • Search function leaves something to be desired
  • $20 a month is an investment
  • Requires quality WiFi connection
  • CD quality is not always available
  • No gapless playback

Getting It

If you’ve decided to give Tidal a go, then you can sign up for a free 7-day trial to decide if it’s for you. After the 7 days, they will charge your credit card for $19.99 a month.