Tidal is Not The New Spotify

Madi Franco

TidalhifiMusic streaming apps are by far some of the most profitable apps available on the app store. Entrepreneurs and app developers are in a continuous battle to claim their spot on the top of the charts, and the newest addition to the battle is the app Tidal.

Tidal claims to offer “HiFi” sound quality, and charges $19.99/month for HiFi streaming. Compared to its competitor, Spotify, that charges $9.99/month for premium services, the price of Tidal seems pretty steep. I am a loyal Spotify subscriber, but I was curious about Tidal when it made its debut on the app store. After doing a bit of research and comparing the two, I’ve concluded I will maintain my Spotify subscription, and it’s not just because of the price.

Spotify_logo_horizontal_blackMy Spotify playlists have been growing for well over 2 years. Last year alone, I listened to over 24,000 minutes of music and added 1,700 artists to my library. The thought of having to restart my music library from scratch seems like an unnecessary and daunting task to perform. However, the claims of “HiFi” music pushed me to continue my research.

The reviews on the App Store for Tidal average out at about 3.5 stars. Reviewers complained about a variety of glitches, including log-in issues, random crashes, and missing features such as a ‘repeat’ button. Furthermore, reviewers claimed that the HiFi sound quality was indistinguishable from regular MP3 files that other streaming apps utilize.

Tidal has some unique concepts, but I don’t plan on subscribing if their claims don’t follow through. Despite Kanye West’s $53 million investment and multiple endorsements, I don’t see competitors going away any time soon. Kayne made his latest album available exclusively on Tidal, which is the only reason for its recent claim to fame. After the initial buzz dies down, I have a feeling that Tidal will go down with it. Sorry, Kanye.