Tidal is a service that offers more than 60 million songs for streaming through apps for smartphones and computers. Like its main rivals, the platform has monthly plans that release the entire catalog for audio. Famous for belonging to rapper Jay-Z, the tool also has exclusive features and differentiated subscription packages, such as the reproduction of high quality files, a vast library of video clips and programs on the work of artists.
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On the other hand, the desktop version and the free app for iPhone (iOS) and Android phones only play songs when the user chooses a subscription plan – different from Spotify, which offers the possibility to listen to free music with reproduction of advertisements. Next, see how Tidal works, what the main features that streaming offers, the subscription modalities and a comparison with other streaming services.
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Tidal offers subscription groups separated by Premium and HiFi nomenclatures. Premium subscriptions have three types: in the first, called "Standard", users pay R $ 16.90 per month to access the catalog, use the account resources and receive editorial tips from the service's curators. In the "Family" mode, the monthly fee is R $ 25.35 to share access with up to five accounts. The "Student" mode costs R $ 8.45, so you need to attach documents for verification on the platform. Currently, the service has a promotion in which all Premium plans cost R $ 4.99 in the first five months.
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In HiFi plans, the main difference lies in the quality of the Lossless audio, without compression or loss of quality. The resource internally called TIDAL Masters. When choosing the "Standard" option of HiFi, users pay R $ 33.80 to access the entire catalog. In the "Family" plan, up to five accounts can enjoy the same benefits by paying R $ 50.70. In the option "Student", the value drops to R $ 16.90.
Currently, the TIDAL catalog reaches more than 60 million songs by artists from all over the world. Even though it was launched years after Spotify, the platform has a catalog larger than its main competitor, which has about 50 million songs. J Deezer offers more than 56 million tracks. Apple Music, for its part, also offers more than 60 million songs in its catalog. Thus, TIDAL stands out in relation to competitors in the streaming market.
The video section is another point that differentiates TIDAL from its competitors. In addition to clips from different artists, the service offers original content that works as "mini documentaries" about music. It is even possible to find several Brazilian artists who were interviewed by the platform giving testimonies about their careers and experiences in artistic life. The videos can be played in the PC version and in the smartphone apps.
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It is possible to adjust the reproduction quality for different types of devices and Internet speeds. The resolution ranges from 180p to Full HD (1080p) and playback can be done in full screen or in window mode with the row of songs on the right of the screen.
Interface, resources and platforms available
The interface of the rival service is similar to Spotify: black background, options on the left side of the screen and navigation centered by pages of artists, discs and playlists. The player controls are on the bottom bar with playback commands, time indicator, volume bar, choice of speakers and playback queue.
On cell phones, however, the look changes a lot. The homepage shows a banner with new songs and artists featured on the platform. At the bottom, you can find suggested playlists and podcasts. There is even an exclusive tab for viewing video clips and special programs created by the service.
Users have features similar to those found in other streaming services. You can create playlists, add music to play next, view credits by composers and share on social media. As in Spotify, TIDAL creates a playlist with the user's tastes that uses the internal algorithm to create the song list.
The service is available for Windows and macOS. In addition, users can download the application for iPhone and Android.
TIDAL has different features and subscriptions from its main competitors Photo: Melissa Cosseti / dnetc
TIDAL's differential is the audio quality offered through the HiFi subscription. The file reproduced in FLAC format of 16 bits and 44 kHz, which represents similar quality of CDs. According to the company, the audio does not have any type of compression or loss of sound quality. The Premium Plan reproduces 320 Kbps AAC audio. The quality of the HiFi mode is ideal for users looking for higher quality, but it is worth mentioning that it depends on a fast Internet for reproduction without crashes.
TIDAL has a larger catalog than Spotify and Deezer, but it compares with the amount of Apple Music files, being one of the cheapest alternatives. In addition, the service does not have a free plan with advertisements – as is the case with Spotify. In the following comparison, it is possible to verify the differences in values between the aforementioned services. TIDAL allows free trial for up to 30 days.
TIDAL subscription values
|Standard||R $ 16.90||Standard||R $ 33.80|
|Family||R $ 25.35||Family||R $ 50.70|
|Student||R $ 8.45||Student||R $ 16.90|
Values of competing subscriptions
|Serbian||Free plans||Values and types of subscriptions|
|Spotify||Spotify Free||Individual 16.90||Duo 21.90||Family R $ 26.90||University R $ 8.50|
|Deezer||Deezer Free||Deezer Premium R $ 16.90||Deezer Family R $ 26.90|
|Apple Music||Individual R $ 16.90||Family R $ 24.90||Students R $ 8.50|
If you are looking for a service that contains a vast music library and a considerable video bank, TIDAL is a good choice. In addition, the possibility of listening to audio without loss can please people more demanding in terms of the quality of music reproduction. The service has a free trial for 30 days that can help users get to know the app better and decide if it's worth the subscription.