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Pandora, Spotify, Deezer, Google Play Music.

Music streaming services have been around for a while and they have been eating away at bricks & mortar sales for years now. These kinds of services are very popular with the teenage crowd and office workers alike for their ease of use and access to a very large library of music.

I love music. I love music enough to still buy CDs and vinyl and if the music is only available in a digital format, then I have to find it in a lossless format like FLAC. Yes, it may seem elitist but if you’re going to get music digitally, why get it in a lossy format.

Now there’s Jay-Z’s streaming service. It’s been around for a while and is now live in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, South Africa, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Singapore, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, France, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Turkey, Sweden, Romania, Slovenia, Greece, Cyprus and Malta.

The service will also be launched in Poland, Australia, Hong Kong, Quatar, United Arab Emirates and Germany before the end of the second quarter 2015.

TIDAL music streaming experience at a glance:

  • More than 25 million music tracks
  • Lossless sound quality (FLAC/ALAC 44.1kHz / 16 bit – 1411 kbps)
  • More than 75,000 music videos
  • Curated Editorial provided by experienced music journalists and industry experts
  • Dedicated apps available for iOS and Android phones and tablets
  • Web player for PC/MAC
  • Anthem, Airable by Tune In Media, Astell &Kern, Audeze, Audiovector, AudioQuest, Auralic, Aurender, Bel Canto, Bluesound & NAD, Dan D’Agostino, Definitive Technology, Denon HEOS, DTS Play-Fi, Dynaudio, Electrocompaniet, Harman Omni, HiFiAkademie, ickStream, JH Audio, Linn, McIntosh, Meridian, MartinLogan, Paradigm, Polk, Pro-ject, PS Audio, Raumfeld, Simple Audio, Sonos, Steinway Lyngdorf, Wadia, Wren Sound Systems with more to come.

Personally, I opted to give Tidal a try because, on top of the extensive library of music, what it offers are video and lossless streaming. If you have the equipment to hear the difference, it may be worth the price of admission. Speaking of which, the price is $19.99 CAD/month which is double the cost of Spotify Premium here in Canada.

Tidal’s library is nearly on par and I think over time it will gain some traction. Will it be a hit with the teenage crowd? Hard to say. the cost is a hard pill to swallow on a monthly basis, unfortunately. Oh yeah, it’s also the only streaming service that will have Taylor Swift’s titles in its library.

Updates to follow.

UPDATE:

Well, I gave it a try and switched back to Spotify. Why? Well, what I thought were comparable libraries, were really not comparable. Spotify at the moment wins due to having a desktop client in addition to mobile/web clients and their library is more complete and up-to-date. Be a bit of waiting game to see how Tidal fairs. Besides, Spotify Premium allows for high quality streaming which works for me at the moment.