June 29, 2021 § Leave a comment
Tidal is perhaps the most established. It’s our favourite service, too, and holder of a 2020 What Hi-Fi? Award in the music streaming service category. Since January 2017, its £20 ($20) per month HiFi tier has granted access to hi-res (typically 24-bit/96kHz) Tidal Master streams, encoded using MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology. So is Tidal the answer? It’s certainly one answer, but not the only one.
June 2, 2021 § Leave a comment
When Roon Labs jumped into the arena, the cool thing was its use of the internet together with its knowledge base to supply you in real time active metadata about the music it played or it would make suggestions. You could explore/investigate/research/learn/discover while listening to music supplied by your own sources. One could even stop playing music and continue reading/discovering. Roon is not just a player software—just as an iPhone is not just a phone. And machine learning was part of its game: offering you `intelligent’ suggestions, once it got the hang of your listening habits by studying it (i.e., using it as data to feed its algorithm). It was exciting and fun.
April 22, 2021 § Leave a comment
We also originally noted that Masters tracks and albums (all marked with an ‘M’ logo) could be hard to find, but Tidal has worked to make this less of a sore spot by offering a growing number of Masters playlists and increasing discovery of these hi-res streams.
The Masters home page in the ‘Explore’ tab is a good place to start. Or you can type ‘Masters’ into the search bar, filter by ‘playlist’ and see curated selections for pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B and even for more niche genres such as K-Pop and latin. Masters-specifics playlists expand past genre, too: there’s now ‘Tidal Masters: New Arrivals’ and ‘Tidal Masters: Essentials’, genre-specific (‘Tidal Masters: Motown’) and artist-specific (‘Tidal Masters: The Smiths’) options, plus ‘Master Edition’ Artist Radio and Track Radio stations, which allow subscribers to listen to an uninterrupted stream of Tidal Masters tracks based on their listening habits.
February 23, 2021 § Leave a comment
Spotify HiFi will be available later this year and “will deliver music in CD-quality, lossless audio format to your device and Spotify Connect-enabled speakers, which means fans will be able to experience more depth and clarity while enjoying their favorite tracks
August 22, 2020 § 1 Comment
“Apple has cut exclusive deals, including Dr Dre’s Compton album, Drake’s Views From The 6 and Britney Spears’ Glory, all of which initially appeared on Apple Music only – although they are now available on Spotify. Still, the lure of a paid-for service clearly works when it comes to securing artists, at least for a period of time.
Time will tell whether Apple Music’s artist-exclusives will hurt Spotify in the long run, but Spotify is rumoured to be considering keeping some music off its free tier to get more artists on board.”