A new streaming service to fix the record business Jay Z has persuaded friends such as Rihanna and Madonna to throw their weight behind his Tidal music streaming service (Picture: AP Photo/iHeartRadio, John Shearer) Good news for audiophiles and music megastars: Jay Z wants to give listeners CD quality music streaming black ray bans sunglasses and give more cash to musicians.
He persuaded Beyonceand a host of pop star pals to join his recently acquired Tidal, which could be a serious rival to Spotify. With normal music streaming, certain frequencies are removed to make the sound files smaller. If too much is removed, the sound quality suffers and the song sounds splashy and mushy. Lossless doesn have that problem. Do people really want CD quality downloads? That's a good question. Ageing rocker Neil Young launched a lossless music player, the Pono, to widespread public indifference last year. Most people seem quite happy with things as they are, probably because some of the frequencies removed in normal streams are only audible to dogs anyway. How does it compare to Spotify and other music streaming services? Unless you're listening on good ray bans sunglasses sale headphones through a good music system, the ray ban 3217 difference between Tidal and the 320ish Kbps files of services such as Spotify certainly isn't as dramatic as the difference between standard definition TV and HD TV. If you're packing an iPhone and using the supplied earbuds for your tunes, you'd be hard pressed to notice the difference. Presumably that's why Tidal is also launching a lossy version of its service too. (Picture: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Roc Nation) How much does it cost? Tidal is 20 per month, and it'll be 9.99 for the non CD quality version. There no ray ban cats 1000 free version. She is. Taylor isn against streaming; she against free streaming. Tidal doesn't do that. Is it just up against Spotify? No. Spotify is the biggie, but Apple about to relaunch Beats Music, which it now owns. Google has its Play Music and YouTube Music services, and there are lots of other streaming services such as Rdio and Deezer.
Will it fix the dying record business? Much of the publicity centres around royalties, with claims that Tidal will pay better rates than Spotify. You'll notice that while many big artists have come out against streaming services, the big record companies haven't. They appear quite happy, and you can be sure they'll be happy selling music to Tidal too.
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