Tidal made its worldwide debut in late 2014. It was created by the Swedish-Norwegian group Aspiro, which was later acquired by Project Panther Ltd., owned by the popular American rapper Jay-Z. He then replaced the WiMP streaming service belonging to the aforementioned group.
Unlike Spotify, Tidal also has video footage such as music videos or live short films in HD quality. There are also contests in which prizes are, for example, tickets to concerts and gadgets from music stars.
Tidal is only available in a paid version and in two versions – Premium and HiFi. The Premium version has a maximum bit rate of 320 kbps (using AAC format). The HiFi version, on the other hand, supports lossless audio encoding in CD quality – at 44 kHz sampling rate and 16-bit resolution (1411 kbps bitrate). It is based on the FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) format.
For HiFi subscribers, the Masters mode is available to enjoy near studio quality sound. Recordings in the Masters version can have a resolution of 24 bits per sample. Plus a much higher sampling rate. There you will find files saved at 24 bit / 96 kHz and even 24 bit / 192 kHz quality.
Of course, since its inception in the marketplace, Tidal has always been a focus of attention from users who have varied in their assessment of its performance and effectiveness as a music streaming service.
In the TIDAL app itself, it doesn’t matter if the playback is on Android or iOS phones. Some Android phones already have a built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converters) system that allows you to decompress files and display them on your hard drive. An important element of presenting music in MQA quality has been its availability on Android and iOS devices, due to the fact that most users listen to music of any quality on their mobile phones.
What, first of all, do users like about this service and what do they mark as advantages?
The main advantage of the service, according to users, is the high sound quality, which, perhaps, can be called exclusive, this quality is not found in any other music streaming service. Also, the technical support service of this service has earned positive feedback from users. Which quickly and efficiently responds to user requests.
Undoubted disadvantages, according to users, can be considered the high cost of a subscription to the service, relatively low prevalence in the world, not a very large media library.
Users also note that without modern expensive audio systems, the highest sound quality offered by the service is simply lost. Therefore, there is simply nothing to pay relatively big money for a subscription in this case. But if someone has the latest audio system, then in this case the user will be able to immediately understand all the benefits of the service.