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Apple Music vs. Tidal

Wednesday March 6, 2019 10:18 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Apple Music and Tidal are well known for their exclusive releases and both streaming services have been around since 2015. In that time, Apple Music has become the most popular streaming service in the US, but Tidal has a dedicated subscriber base for a variety of reasons. Dubbed as the artists' music platform, Tidal is owned by Jay-Z and a variety of other successful music artists, and the ...

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Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' Now Streaming on Apple Music After Three Years of Tidal Exclusivity

Tuesday April 23, 2019 5:09 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
In April 2016, Beyoncé launched her sixth studio album "Lemonade" worldwide. While the album was available for Apple users to buy for $17.99 on iTunes at launch, it was never put on Apple Music or Spotify and remained a streaming exclusive on Tidal for three years, until today. Now, both ‌Apple Music‌ and Spotify subscribers can listen to the 13 track album (with an original demo version of...

Tidal's iOS App Gains Masters Quality Audio Support

Monday March 11, 2019 2:56 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Tidal today added support for its Tidal Masters Quality Authenticated audio tier on iOS devices, bringing master quality music to iOS devices for the first time. Master audio was previously available on Android, but hasn't been available to iPhone and iPad listeners. Tidal's highest studio quality audio option is limited to certain tracks (Tidal says there are 150,000 of them) and you'll...

Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Collaborative Album Launches on Apple Music After Two Days of Tidal Exclusivity

Monday June 18, 2018 8:34 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
On Saturday, Beyoncé and Jay-Z launched a new collaborative album called "Everything is Love" exclusively to Tidal subscribers, the streaming service that Jay-Z owns. Just under two days later, Everything is Love has now launched on Apple Music, Spotify Premium, and Amazon Music Unlimited, making this a very short timed exclusive for Tidal (via Variety). In two weeks, the album will be available...

Tidal Investigating 'Potential Data Breach' After Reports of Late Royalty Payments and Inflated Streams

Friday May 18, 2018 7:21 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
A few days after Norwegian news site Dagens Næringsliv accused subscription music service Tidal of being months behind on royalty payments, as well as falsifying and inflating streaming numbers, Music Business Worldwide now reports that Tidal has learned of a "potential data breach" on its platform. Tidal CEO Richard Sanders said in a statement that when the company learned of the potential...

Apple Music Competitor Tidal Allegedly Months Behind on Royalty Payments

Wednesday May 16, 2018 6:07 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Subscription based music service and Apple Music competitor Tidal is months behind on its royalty payments to record labels according to a report from Norwegian news site Dagens Næringsliv that was translated by Music Business Worldwide. Multiple sources have said that Tidal has not making timely payments to "three major international companies," claims confirmed by two Norway-based labels:...

Tidal Adds Pre-Save to Library Feature for New Album Releases

Monday March 26, 2018 2:14 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Tidal has added the ability for users of the music streaming service to automatically add new albums to their music library as soon as they become available. The new "pre-save" feature ensures albums are displayed in album collections the moment they're uploaded to Tidal servers on the official release day. The feature is launching in tandem with Deadmau5's new album Where's the Drop?,...

Tidal Offering Free 12-Day Trial Starting on Christmas, Including High Fidelity Tier

Friday December 22, 2017 4:55 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
Tidal today announced that starting on Christmas Day anyone will be able to try out its music-streaming service for free for a period of 12 days. This free trial will include the company's $19.99/month High Fidelity tier that includes lossless sound quality, and it does not require a credit card for you to start so all you will need is an email address (via The Verge). Tidal's new...

Tidal Rolling Out Apple TV App on tvOS App Store

Wednesday December 20, 2017 8:22 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
Tidal today unveiled apps for both Apple TV and Android TV devices, which will let subscribers listen to their music and view videos on their television. The Apple TV app will be rolling out throughout the day, according to The Verge, so users might not see it immediately within the tvOS App Store. With Tidal for Apple TV, you get the same High Fidelity experience you've come to expect from...

Apple Music Rival Tidal Reportedly Facing Money Problems Amid 'Stalled' User Growth

Wednesday December 13, 2017 6:44 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
Streaming music service Tidal is facing money problems and could run out of working capital within the next six months, according to a report this week by Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (via The Verge). The report stated that the money issues likely stem from Tidal's user growth, which is said to have "stalled" recently. Sprint bought a 33 percent stake in Tidal this past January, and...

Skype, Tidal, VLC, Feedly and Other Apps Optimized for iPhone X

Friday December 8, 2017 6:50 am PST by Joe Rossignol
A handful of popular apps have been optimized for the iPhone X over the past few days. We've rounded up some of the notable ones below. Each of these apps now support the iPhone X's new screen size, rather than having a letterboxed design with black bars at the top and bottom. Skype VLC Tidal Feedly LINE Viber PlayStation Vue Bank of AmericaIf you have an iPhone X and use any of...

Tidal Streaming Service Announces Apple CarPlay Support

Thursday December 7, 2017 1:39 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Music streaming service Tidal on Wednesday announced its compatibility with Apple CarPlay, enabling subscribers to stream music through their vehicle's dash-integrated infotainment systems. The support comes via an iOS app update, which also includes interface harmonization with iPhone X screens, ensuring Tidal's default dark theme makes the most of those 5.8-inch OLED displays. We're ...

Jay-Z's Album '4:44' Ends Tidal Exclusivity and Debuts on Apple Music and iTunes

Friday July 7, 2017 5:53 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Last week, Jay-Z's new album "4:44" debuted exclusively on his own music streaming service Tidal, and then reports predicted that the album would expand to Apple Music and other services one week later. Now, 4:44 has begun streaming on Apple Music, and is available for $9.99 on iTunes [Direct Link]. Earlier in the week, Jay-Z debuted a video for one of 4:44's tracks, The Story of O.J., on...

Jay-Z's Album '4:44' Rumored to Arrive on Apple Music After One Week of Tidal Exclusivity

Sunday July 2, 2017 12:51 pm PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Soon after Jay-Z's newest album, "4:44," launched as an exclusive on his own streaming service Tidal, sources speaking to Billboard this weekend have said that 4:44 will be coming to Apple Music and iTunes later this week. Tidal and Sprint are believed to have a one week exclusivity window on 4:44, so it's predicted that the album will launch on Apple Music next Friday, July 7. A rumor last...

New Jay Z Album '4:44' Will Be Sprint-Tidal Exclusive

Monday June 19, 2017 3:06 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Rapper Jay Z has confirmed that his new album, 4:44, will be released on June 30 and will be available exclusively to Sprint customers and existing Tidal subscribers (via Variety). The album is the first major project between the streaming music service and Sprint, which acquired 33 percent of the company in January in a deal reportedly worth $200 million. Tidal has recently been promoting 4:...

Tidal Owner Jay Z Has Removed All of His Albums From Apple Music [Updated]

Friday April 7, 2017 1:14 pm PDT by Joe Rossignol
Shawn Carter, known professionally as rapper Jay Z, appears to have removed his entire solo album collection from Apple Music overnight. Now, when searching for "Jay Z" on Apple Music, only songs in which he collaborated with other artists are available to stream on the service in the United States and elsewhere. Jay Z has removed select albums from Apple Music in the past, including Reasonab...

Sprint Buys 33% of Jay Z's Streaming Music Service Tidal, Plans Exclusives for Customers

Monday January 23, 2017 5:39 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
Sprint today announced that it has acquired a 33 percent stake in Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal, which the carrier said will soon give its customers "unlimited access to exclusive artist content not available anywhere else." Under the deal, artists partnering with Tidal will create music only available to new and existing Sprint customers. As part of the deal, Sprint's chief executive...

Kanye West Blames Rivalry Between Apple and Tidal for Lack of New Collaboration With Jay Z

Thursday October 20, 2016 8:19 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
During the Seattle leg of his Saint Pablo Tour, Kanye West was reported as calling out the rivalry between Apple Music and Tidal as the main factor behind the reason why there won't be a sequel to Watch The Throne, his 2011 collaboration with Jay Z. The main reason appears to be Jay Z's ownership of Tidal and the streaming company's ongoing rift with Apple Music, which he previously said was negat...

Apple Quashes Rumors of Potential Tidal Acquisition

Thursday September 15, 2016 1:52 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple has moved to quash rumors that it is interested in purchasing rival music streaming service Tidal, according to BuzzFeed. Back in June of this year, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was "in talks" to acquire Tidal, which has fiercely competed with Apple Music for exclusivity rights to top list artists. However, pushed on the subject in a forthcoming interview, head of...

Kanye West Wants Meeting Between Tim Cook and Jay Z to End 'Beef' Between Apple Music and Tidal

Saturday July 30, 2016 8:31 pm PDT by Mitchel Broussard
In a series of tweets sent out this afternoon, musician Kanye West claimed that the schism between Apple Music and rival streaming music service Tidal is negatively affecting the music industry as a whole. West is one of the artists closely aligned with Tidal, who's also one of its co-owners, along with the likes of Jay Z, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Jack White, and others. In three...

Apple in Talks to Acquire Jay Z's Streaming Music Service Tidal

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:40 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple is in talks to acquire rapper Jay Z's streaming music service Tidal, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with the matter." The talks are said to be exploratory and "may not result in a deal," but Apple is considering the purchase to bolster its Apple Music service. A Tidal spokesman told The Wall Street Journal that Tidal executives had not held talks with Apple, and ...