My first thoughts on Tidal

Like most of us, seeing Jay-Z and the line up of artists pushing for Tidal, It spiked my curiosity and decided to try it out. I’ve never used a streaming services until hearing about this one and decided to give this, Spotify a shot. There is a 15 days trial. You have two options of the trial the, $9.99 that gives you access to “normal’ sound quality and the $19.99 that gives you access to “Loosless sound quality”, Hifi. Although many will complain that $19.99 a month is too much, there is a video that makes you hear the difference between the prices and the difference between Spotify and Tidal, the quality of the sound. If you can hear the difference and it matters to you then perhaps the $19.99$ option is best for you.

À quoi ressemble la vraie musique? from TIDAL on Vimeo.

Tidal features a Behind the music section, that also has “the Talkhouse, where fellow artists talks about other artists. It features Interviews, playlists , articles, and more. The app itself is basic, It has a feature similar to Shazam, that lets you ‘record’ the song you’re playing, search it and let you listen to it. You are able to make your content available offline just like the other apps. You can browse through Genre, playlist (relax, party workout, love etc).

There isn’t much to say about Tidal for now, nor do I see the need of using it. I’m content with Spotify. It is however a little early to give a definite answer regarding whether to subscribe or not. It’s newly launched. Time will tell, whether artist will want to release their material on Tidal before Spotify. Time will also tell how Jay-Z’s influence will make this enterprise successful or not. I am looking forward to the updates and upgrade. Another competitor can only push other companies to bring us even more features. But for now, I’ll have to say the quality of the sound is a HUGE difference vs what we are used to listen to unless you purchase. Is it however a reason for you to shed the $19.99 a month?

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Now what I have tried to figure out was, besides for Jay-Z making more money, what’s in “this” for the artists versus Spotify and all the other similar streaming services?

Business Insider says :”Tidal operates two pricing tiers. There’s a standard $9.99 per month plan, which is comparable to other streaming sites like Spotify. Venturebeat says that artists won’t actually receive more money from that plan. But then there’s also the expensive plan, which is $19.99 per month. That gives Tidal customers access to high-resolution audio, and more exclusive content. It also means that musicians can get paid a bigger cut of the revenue from streaming plays.

Another reason that Jay-Z gives for relaunching Tidal is the increased creative control that Tidal will gave to musicians. He says that musicians will be able to release 18-minute songs, but doesn’t actually explain how artists will get that past their record labels. Instead, he says that Tidal will simply give musicians “freedom” to make longer songs.

Another reason that Jay-Z gives for relaunching Tidal is the increased creative control that Tidal will gave to musicians. He says that musicians will be able to release 18-minute songs, but doesn’t actually explain how artists will get that past their record labels. Instead, he says that Tidal will simply give musicians “freedom” to make longer songs.

Jay-Z has launched Tidal right in the middle of an arms race between rivals Spotify and Apple. Spotify is trying to bring a huge roster of musicians to its platform, but is facing opposition from stars like Taylor Swift who feel that its free, ad-supported model devalues music. And then there’s Apple. Apple is using its acquisition of Beats to relaunch iTunes as a streaming service, hiring in top talent like radio DJ Zane Lowe to poach stars and bring them to its platform.

Is Jay-Z worried about Apple? If he is, he’s not letting on. “I’m not angry,” Jay-Z said. And here’s what Jay-Z claims to have said to Jimmy Iovine, the cofounder of Beats who is now working on Apple’s music project: “Listen, Jimmy; you’re Jimmy Iovine, and you’re Apple, and truthfully, you’re great. You guys are going to do great things with Beats, but … you know, I don’t have to lose in order for you guys to win, and let’s just remember that.”

Sure, Jay-Z leveraged his star power to create a line-up of the most famous people in music. And yes, the marketing campaign for the Tidal relaunch took over the internet for 24 hours. But Tidal’s real test will come in the weeks and months after its relaunch. Will Jay-Z’s fans spend $20 a month for slightly better audio quality and exclusive playlists? Will musicians be persuaded to bring their music to Tidal before Spotify? Right now, we don’t know — but Tidal is going to find out.

Still want to try it? Go to the website : http://tidal.com/us  or go to your App store and download.

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