Tidal re-launched in March 2015 with new owner Jay-Z taking control. Their objective was to focus on CD-quality lossless music along with a promise to provide big-name exclusives. Tidal was originally part of the Scandinavian WiMP family of music services, following in the footsteps of Qobuz, by giving CD-Quality lossless music streams, providing a clear leap in quality (on paper at least) over the standard 320kbps offered by the likes of Spotify and Deezer.

Tidal now holds a 25 million track catalogue playable in lossless quality via subscription:

  • Tidal HiFi – £20 per month offers you access to full lossless quality.
  • Tidal Premium – £10 per month offers you access to lower quality streams (up to 320kbps, AAC).

Both subscription tiers provide access to over 75,000 HD music videos and curated content, from playlists to interviews to magazine-style features, put together by dedicated teams within the United Kingdom and United States.

The good news is that Tidal sounds fantastic and superior to alternative market-leading lossy services, provided that you’re using adequate kit. With a pair of high quality headphones or home HiFi system you should be able to hear the difference. There’s little question we’d passionately suggest going for the complete package and signing up for Tidal HiFi. The additional sound quality will create a difference. Tracks streamed in lossless provide far more detail, a stronger sense of space and a tighter handle on timing than their 320kbps counterparts, though there is an occasional delay for buffering.

If you love sound quality and use streaming for the majority of your listening time you should welcome another choice in to the CD-quality streaming market.