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Tidal Or Spotify - Which Is Better?

Until recently, we downloaded terabytes of audio files, complete compilations, complete discographies, and we had hard drives full of music.

Today, with the advent of new technologies, hard drives, in theory, are no longer needed, because it is enough to go to any streaming service and you have all or almost all the music you want. Streaming services offer music lovers a huge variety of options. You can choose a paid or free version of a particular music streaming service, focusing on your needs and requests.

Particularly for music lovers. Who are just beginning to comprehend the world of music streaming, it may be a matter of choosing between Tidal and Spotify. It is this combination that occurs quite often in this dilemma.

The Swedish music streaming service Spotify is considered the undisputed favorite of the music market in the world. But the Norwegian service Tidal is not only one of the leaders in the music industry, but also has its own zest, thanks to which it is considered the leader in the world of music streaming in terms of sound quality.

Let’s take a closer look at both music streaming services. Let’s start with Spotify. the platform allows you to listen to mp3 files compressed at 128 kbps for a free subscription and 320 kbps for a paid subscription. Compressing music into digital format involves losing a significant percentage of quality. In particular, a three-minute file weighs about 3 MB, while the same non-digitized 24-bit 192 kHz studio master file weighs about 200/400 MB. That way, at the end of the day, we’ll only hear a fraction of what the artist actually recorded from our favorite song. Basically, we will skip 80% of the song.

Tidal is a digital streaming platform created in 2015 by Scandinavian company Aspiro. However, in 2016, the very famous and very rich rapper Jay-Z decides to buy it to make it a platform for musicians, after which he encourages artists from all over the world to launch the brand.

The frontend is more or less similar to Spotify, it has a black background, it has its own beautiful top lists, music genres, playlists, songs, favorites, videos, in short, it not only misses nothing, but, unlike its competitor, it really has an advantage.

To date, Tidal has about 70 million songs, Spotify has about 80 million.

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Tidal uses lossless audio formats (lossless compression), so the quality of music and video is Hi Fi. Obviously, you have to pay more for such a quality stream, about 20 euros per month versus 10 euros for Spotify to listen to music in high quality. I must say that Tidal also gives you the opportunity to listen to compressed music, like, for example, Spotify, for 9.99 euros per month. This is the usual basic version of the Norwegian streaming service.

Tidal offers the highest-class listening experience, great dynamics, immersive soundstage, clear and bright sound. With Spotify, all this is not there, there is a mass approach, not an exclusive one.

 Obviously, if you listen to music from smartphones on regular headphones, then you won’t hear this difference, so Spotify is perfect for you.

But if music is your passion, then it would be wise for you to decide to invest some more money in the devices that will be used to listen to music and subscribe to Tidal. This will allow you to enjoy streaming music in its full quality.

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