In the wake of Apple Music’s decision to add CD-quality lossless audio and high-resolution audio to its streaming service at no additional cost, Tidal fought back.
The global music and entertainment streaming service has announced a number of new product experience updates for music fans and artists.
But ahead of its long-term changes, there’s a terrific Black Friday deal available. here.
New subscribers can enjoy a three month trial of Tidal’s top tier – HiFi Plus – for just â¬ 2 per month or they can sign up for the new enhanced HiFi plan for just â¬ 1 per month.
The offer price lasts for three months and then drops to â¬ 19.99 per month and â¬ 9.99 per month respectively.
The â¬ 9.99 subscription price for HiFi marks a huge change from the company, cutting the price in half in response to Apple Music‘s decision to include Lossless Audio in its 9.99 plan. â¬.
The Tidal HiFi tier includes ad-free access to over 80 million songs with CD quality up to 1411 kbps, along with offline playback, curated playlists, and features like Tidal Connect.
That would create a level playing field with Apple Music, except the iPhone maker also includes high-resolution streaming up to 24-bit / 192kHz as part of its â¬ 9.99 package.
Whereas Tidal still charges â¬ 19.99 for the rebranded HiFi Plus, which allows users to access immersive sound formats (Dolby Atmos Music and Sony 360 Audio recordings) and MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) tracks (up to at 9216 kbps) as well as CD quality streams. .
To access the highest resolution 24-bit / 192kHz audio on Apple Music and Tidal, users need a DAC (digital to analog converter).
Music producers, DJs and artists will be happy to hear that Tidal has also launched what it says are more transparent revenue features.
These include Direct Artist Payments which give artists access to an additional payment stream, so they can directly benefit their biggest fans on Tidal. Each month, a percentage of HiFi Plus subscribers’ subscription fees will go to their most featured artist, which they will see in their activity feed. This direct payment to the artist is in addition to his streaming royalties.
The company has also introduced fan-centric royalties, which means that the royalties awarded to HiFi Plus subscribers will not be aggregated.
Instead, the royalties will be paid based on the actual streaming activity of individual HiFi Plus subscribers, as opposed to the industry accepted stream aggregation method.
This means that fans will play a bigger role in the success of their favorite artists, and more musicians will receive their fair share of the royalty pie.
Tidal has partnered with leading distributors CD Baby, DistroKid, Equity Distribution, Stem, Symphonic, Tunecore and Vydia to ensure that artists sharing music through these platforms can receive their payments through recording on the platform. transparently.
All artists must register to access direct artist payments, either through Tidal’s direct invitation-only registration option or through one of Tidal’s distribution partners.