Tidal has officially launched in the US and the UK. The service is built by Norway’s WiMP, who rebranded for these new markets (good move).
Tidal has launched with over 25 million lossless tracks (FLAC/ALAC 44.1kHz / 16 bit – 1411 kbps), 75,000 music videos, and curated editorial. It’s available on iOS, Android, and the web.
The service has licensing agreements with the major labels, “many” indie labels, PRS for Music, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and Harry Fox Agency.
Tidal has also signed agreements with a number of audio brands. This is key, since listening to TIDAL through your iPhone headphones negates the benefits of the service. Tidal has agreements with Astell & Kern, Denon HEOS, JH Audio, McIntosh, Sonos, and many others.
The price is considerably higher than non-lossless streaming services, which all cost around $9.99/£9.99. Tidal costs $19.99/£19.99 per month.
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