Yes, there's life beyond Spotify in the world of online music streaming. You probably already know that there are other services such as Apple Music, Google Music, Rdio, or Deezer, to name just a few of the most popular services around. Back in 2014, TIDAL also joined the pack, another service that wants to stand out from its competition by offering an audio quality equivalent to a CD. In other words, offering a bitrate of 1411 kbps.
Just like the rest of the music services but with better sound
Apart from the latter, here we have a service to listen to music that offers us the usual features in this kind of app: access to a wide range of songs, possibility to download music to listen to offline, option to create playlists and favorites... by means of a subscription that offers you a flat rate with different features.
Its Android app comes along with an interface with a sober and functional design created with black and white colors, which turns out to be quite pleasant to interact with, just like the majority of apps of this nature. It's also very easy to use and handle, with a lower bar in which we'll have access to the main playback functions, favorites, and others.
An Internet music service for users who want the best audio quality.
- Hi-Fi sound with a bitrate of 1411 Kbps.
- Music videos in HD.
- Possibility to play at 320 and 96 Kbps.
- Smart recommendations based on the songs you listen to.
- Editorial content integrated into the music.
- Offline playback mode.
- Audio Search system to identify music.
- Build your collection of favorites by just marking the music as favorite.
- Easily put together your own playlists.
How much does TIDAL cost?
This service offers two types of subscription depending on what we're looking for:
- Premium for 9.99€: it offers standard sound quality at a maximum of 320 kbps. It can be used on Android, PC without requiring to download the APK, iPhone, and web.
- TIDAL HiFi for 19.99€: audio with CD quality at 1411 kbps. Apart from the usual devices, it can be used on music systems with a WiFi connection, such as those made by Energy Sistem.
Which one's better? TIDAL or Spotify?
The same old question: in terms of their catalog and functions, they are both very similar... 40 million songs for the development of Jay Z and a bunch more for the Swedish company that reigns in online music. However, will you be able to listen to them all? Don't think so. Where you'll find a real difference is in the sound, especially with the HiFi option. In that sense, TIDAL is much better than Spotify.
However, the Swedes do allow us to use the app for free although you have to put up with a few adverts, making it easier to bring in potential customers that may end up paying a subscription. The Americans don't offer us that option.
What's new in the latest version
- The latest update fixes bugs and improves the app's performance.