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Tidal claims to be the "first high fidelity lossless music streaming service with HD music videos and curated editorial content". And it's now live in the UK and US.

Tidal offers its full 25-million strong music library in 1411kbps, 44.1kHz/16-bit, FLAC and ALAC lossless formats, compared to the maximum 320kbps you get from other services such as Spotify. 

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In addition to the music, Tidal also offers in excess of 75,000 music videos and curated editorial articles, features and interviews written by industry experts.

Major music labels such as Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group have all pledged their support to the service, as well as many independent labels, in order for Tidal to offer a comprehensive catalogue for all music tastes.

A free Tidal app is available for iOS and Android devices and it's also available on network players, PCs and Macs. Integration agreements have also been made with an extensive list of audio brands, including Anthem, Astell & Kern, Bluesound, NAD, Denon, Dynaudio, Linn, McIntosh, Pro-ject and Sonos, to name but a few. 

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Andy Chen, Tidal CEO, said of the launch: “We are delighted that TIDAL has launched and that music lovers can now appreciate music the way it is meant to sound.

“But the music is just one part of the service. The expert editorial educates, entertains and enriches the music experience whilst the music videos complement the music perfectly. We are sure that TIDAL will quickly become the music streaming service of choice for all who appreciate high quality at every level.”

Tidal is available now, advertisement-free, for a monthly subscription of £20/month ($20 in the US).

Qobuz offers CD-quality streaming for the same price, but doesn't make the same claims regarding editorial content and videos.

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tlunnon's picture

UK pays the most again

once again rip-off briten pays more than the US

I will not be paying that much for this service

I would rather buy the CDs instead

thats £240 a year thats a lot of CDs

so I will not be useing it .  

Graham Luke's picture

Too true...

I agree; streaming is way overpriced.

I too prefer to buy. That way I can determine the format and have the music to hand anywhere and everywhere; how's streaming work in a flying bus at 35,000 feet...?

mc500's picture

I'm on the free trial and

I'm on the free trial and like it. Whilst £20 is double what I pay for Spotify, I prefer to have CD sound quality and I also enjoy the curated content, I've discovered some great new music. @Graham, I believe there is an offline mode so that you can listen to certain amount of music offline for situations where you can't stream, although I haven't tried this yet. The library is quite strong for the kind of music I like, which is a bit of everything and less so mainstream stuff. It doesn't have as good a coverage as Spotify but I hope this improves. For £240 per year, yes I agree you can buy say 20 - 30 CDs, but to my mind, streaming opens up a whole new world of music that you could never possibly own and would maybe never want to, but you have the choice if you want it. My trial expires tomorrow and am seriously considering continuing with it.