adds a free level that is supported by ads as it seeks to expand its user base. The option, which is currently only available in the U.S., for Tidal’s entire library of 80 million songs, as well as playlists. Service to introduce a free level to “stay competitive” with its rivals, eight months after Square in the company. Tidal says the plan is running on Android and will “be available on all devices in the coming days”.
Of course, there are some trade-offs besides occasional commercials. The sound quality reaches 160 kbps, there is no option to listen offline and you don’t seem to have unlimited skipping. The later feature is explicitly mentioned as part of the renewed Tidal HiFi plan of $ 10 per month.
Tide users in this field can now listen to music in HiFi quality – up to 1,411 kbps. There are no ads and you will have access to more than 350,000 videos. Users can listen to HiFi quality music on connected devices via Tidal Connect, and will be able to monitor and share what they listen to via new activity content.
In addition, there is a HiFi Plus plan of $ 20 per month. It includes everything from HiFi levels, as well as top quality sound up to 9,216 kbps. The plan also offers impressive, spatial audio formats, such as Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio, and early access to upcoming features. Both HiFi plans are available in all countries where Tidal operates.
Moreover, the HiFi Plus level has several new features focused on artists. One of them is direct payments to contractors, which Tidal is introducing today. Each month, 10 percent of HiFi Plus users ’subscriptions (i.e., $ 2) go to the artist they listen to the most. That’s on top of the regular streaming fees. This is another way for users to support their favorite artists.
Fan fees aimed at fans will not add up.
Instead, the fees will go to the artists that TIDAL users actually stream, so fans can directly support the artists they love. (What a concept, right?)
This will start in January 2022 at our HiFi Plus level. pic.twitter.com/Q8z4fleYOc
– PLIMA (@TIDAL) November 17, 2021
Starting in January, Tidal will introduce a renovated system of paying performers called a fan-centered royalties. Every time a HiFi Plus user listens to one of their songs, they will get a pay per stream compared to payments from other music streaming services. Apple Music pays a penny per stream, while artists have long demanded a similar price from Spotify.
Tidal says “royalties attributed to HiFi Plus subscribers will not be aggregated.” Payments will be linked to the listening activity of each individual user, but only at that level. HiFi Plus users will be able to see how these payments are shared through their activities.
In addition to reconstructing the payment model, Tidal aims to provide “fast and seamless” payments to artists around the world. Work with, and make them easier.
These are bold but perhaps necessary moves by Tidal as it aims to become more competitive with larger music streaming services. Tidal was one of the first big proponents of a lossless sound, but as rivals began offering that option at no extra cost, he more or less had to put that option on a $ 10-a-month plan.
Lossless Apple Music and Dolby Atmos spatial audio features in June. Amazon Music Unlimited for HD and Ultra HD streaming in May. It is also offered as part of a regular plan.
Meanwhile, many of Tidal’s rivals have long offered ad-supported free streaming options, including Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer and YouTube Music. At the opposite end of the scale, Spotify will present a CD-quality audio plan, also called HiFi, in selected markets at some point this year. He has yet to do that.
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