Online music services of the likes of Spotify, Rdio, Apple Music, and other similar platforms aren't too keen on offering Hi-Fi sound. They are usually limited to a 320 Kbps bitrate offered by the highest quality MP3, which isn't bad at all for headphones but runs short if we want to listen to music at a higher volume or on a Hi-Fi device.
The best audio quality for online music
But there's no need to worry because Jay Z has thought of everything, especially about those concerned about always having the best sound as possible to enjoy their favorite music, releasing TIDAL back in 2014. This music streaming platform offers us the possibility to listen to a catalog with over 40 million songs in CD quality. In other words, with a 1411 Kbps bitrate.
That's the greatest advantage of this platform that also offers its own productions and HD videos. All the latter, picked by musicians and music journalists who have put their talent and knowledge at the service of TIDAL.
A catalog with over 40 million songs to be listened with Hi-Fi sound quality.
Apart from that, we'll find all the usual stuff as in other apps of this nature (and that's not bad at all), such as a plain interface full of dark colors and great usability. All in all, these are its main features:
- High-quality sound with a 1411 Kbps bitrate.
- Over 40 million songs in its catalog.
- More than 75,000 music videos in HD.
- Recommendations selected by TIDAL's team.
- Offline playback mode.
- Music identification.
- Editorial content associated with each artist.
- Create your own playlists and explore those created by other users.
How much does a subscription cost?
There are two subscription options, Premium and HiFi. There's no such thing as listening to music free, even with adverts, although there's a one-month trial period:
- Premium (€12.99): it offers standard sound quality and it can be used on iPhone, Android, Windows PC, macOS and the web version.
- HiFi (€25.99): it offers CD sound quality and as well as the above-mentioned platforms, songs can also be played on high-fidelity devices with a WiFi connection.
Regarding which one is better, whether TIDAL or Spotify, we've already mentioned the differences between them in terms of sound quality and payment plans. Spotify doesn't offer such high quality but its payment plans are more flexible, including a family and a student mode, as well as being able to use it for free with ads.