People Who Pay for Music Have Better Taste In Music…

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We’ve seen ample evidence of this in vinyl, and now we’re seeing it in streaming.  Because people who voluntarily pay more for music generally have better taste in music.

Enter Tidal, a CD-quality, lossless streaming service that costs $19.99 a month.  That is more than twice that of Spotify, and there isn’t a free tier.   The service (available at also has HD-quality music videos and curation, and was launched in the fall of last year for serious audiophile listeners in the US, UK, and Canada.

Here’s what TIDAL subscribers listen to most, according to a ranking just emailed by the company.

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Image: ‘Discovering Vampire Weekend,’ by Alexandre Normand (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

17 Responses

  1. NoIdea


    Who decided you could be an authority on taste?

    Paying for higher fidelity downloads will definitely mirror a trend to records (dating myself with that noun) produced on a higher scale, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    There’s a lot of low fidelity stuff which is just as good so let’s not call this ‘better taste’ because all that will do is open up a flame thread (preemptive see below here)

    You have no right to determine the quality of the composition. Stick to the facts.

    • Versus

      Everyone can be an authority on taste. That is one thing that humans do: make judgments of taste.

    • Paul Resnikoff

      I love these debates, especially over a beer. On one hand, philosophically everything is relative when it comes to music, and Pitbull is just a redeeming as Pink Floyd. But deep down, we all know that’s bullshit.

  2. Bandit

    Better taste!?!?

    That “Pink Floyd” album is a tasteless yawn. Roger was right in departing that self parody of a band.

    • Bandit

      and listening to Uptown Funk somehow demonstrates better taste.

  3. Andy O)))

    I don’t see any Death Metal on there so your headline if clearly false.

  4. Arthur

    Future Islands – Seasons is an awesome track though.. Quit hating this list is better than what you’ll see on he iTunes storefront of most purchased songs

  5. Anonymous

    Maybe Tidal can tell me what my favorite color is too, or perhaps my favorite food.

    Sorry, taste is subjective. This is Bullsh*t.

  6. Matt Lewis

    After reviewing that song list, I’m convinced that “Better Taste” is a bad choice of words.

  7. DW

    Taste Smaste. If you consider the printed word, intelligence usually sets the bar. Its the same. I’ve noticed that all the haggling over these choices, not one single Bach, Chopin, Verdi, Ravel, work was mentioned. Instead, Pink Floyd sets the bar? Not even one classical composition was mentioned. Does anyone out there taste anything other than this commercial crap (that doesn’t include Bill Frissell, although . . . ) If this is all that is hitting the public’s palette, and the actual intelligent process of creating compositions that offer high caliber compositional merit with serious imaginary brilliance is being ignored, what does that have to say about the pretentiousness of ‘taste?’

  8. unimpressed

    “Better taste”. Sigh… digging the bottom of the barrel here.

  9. Steve

    Bull****. I work with young people who have come out of foster care and care homes. They have no choice but to use free sources for their music most of the time due to budget constraints, but their music taste is in some cases excellent. Plus, like NoIdea says, who made you boss? I class most of that list as pap. Endless river? Away and listen to Dark Side of the Moon or Wish You Were Here.

  10. CVoice Music

    So if I listen to anything but these artists, say romanian music and other various genres like classical or reggae, then that means I automatically have poor taste in music.

    Hmm, there is a horrible trend in these ASCAP emails I get giving the crapiest articles that state something as fact but have the worst evidence for their completely unsupported opinions