Tidal comfortably retains its crown as our music-streaming service of choice. It was the first to offer hi-res audio streaming, and now presents a million hi-res tracks covering a range of tastes (typically 24-bit/96khz), which it calls Tidal Masters. And although Qobuz offers 24-bit/192khz albums to those willing to pay the £24.99 monthly fee for its Studio tier, Tidal has other tricks up its sleeve.
The Masters offering barely scratches the surface of Tidal’s overall catalogue of 48.5 million tracks – the most exhaustive of its rivals (Qobuz and Apple Music claim over 40 and 45 million songs respectively). It also takes the game to the likes of Spotify with its £10-per(last month Premium tier, which offers 320kbps streaming quality.
And in addition to music, Tidal also offers up thousands of Full HD videos, including music videos and interviews.
Whether you’re listening to 320kbps, Cd-quality or hi-res streams, Tidal sounds great. The 320kbps streams just pip their Spotify and Deezer equivalents with a slightly richer, fuller-bodied sound, and tracks streamed in lossless offer much more detail, a better sense of space and a tighter handle on timing than their 320kbps counterparts.
Accessible via its PC, Mac and mobile apps, and web player, Tidal has recently expanded into Apple and Android TV apps, and Apple Carplay. Impressive.