Wow, Mcmanus thanks for the heads-up. I stream all day long and would easily get my money out of this!
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I posted this to Tidal vs Spotify but it belongs here. I signed up for Tidal Streaming and immediately cancelled my account.
I discovered that Tidal Hi-Fi CD quality streaming is ONLY available on the Chrome browser and is NOT available on Safari, Bing or IE. I was very surprised. AAC 320 streaming is available on Tidal using Safari but the hi-fi CD quality option is not. I am willing to pay $20 per month for Hi-Fi CD quality but not for the AAC 320 streaming option.
I immediately contact Tidal and they report "they are currently working on making TIDAL available for more browsers. This expansion should happen soon as we finalize development".
I am surprised that Tidal only supports Chrome and not the other popular browsers. Does anyone know when Tidal Streaming will support Safari and the other browsers?
"Okay. I am looking into using Chrome on my Mac.
Hgeifman (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)"
I would too. Why miss out on something you want over such a minor issue? Remember, its a new venture and they may not have the resources to expand just yet. Personally, I really don't like Chrome, but if they had to choose 1 web browser for their service initially, its probably the best choice.
As suggested, I installed Chrome on my Mac and then installed Tidal. I cannot believe it. The sound quality is very good. I am still experimenting with different artists, etc. Based on results so far, it is easily worth $20 per month. Yes, it is a little slow to load the music but this is no problem. Thanks again for your suggestions.
I have three more comments on Tidal:
1) Another useful Tidal feature is that you select, for example, a Hilary Hahn CD, that you like and make it your favorite. Once done, you select that CD and page down lower on the screen. Addition Hilary Hahn CD's will be displayed that you can easily select for listening. This is a very useful feature for reviewing many CDs from your favorite artists.
2) However, when I make an album a "favorite", sometimes it goes into the "artist category" and sometimes in the "album category". I would prefer that any album I make a favorite always goes into one of these categories and not the other. Currently I have some favorite albums in artist category and others in the album category. In summary, I prefer that any album I make a favorite, always goes into the album category so that all my albums are grouped together. Tidal reports that "they are reworking how favorites should work and this feature is about to change for the better, so you can arrange these the way you like by adding tags.
3) Tidal Customer Support is excellent. I have emailed them 3 times and have received a response in 2-3 days.
I am using Chrome for Tidal and it works perfectly. Tidal is an excellent source for music streaming at CD quality to your audio system.
Hgeifman...I've never had the problem that you've had with the favorites category. If I'm on the album and save it, it goes to albums, if I'm on the artist, it goes into the artist favorites.
I just got done adding hundreds of artists to my favorites list from my Olive 04HD list and all of them went in correctly.
The one thing I wish they would fix on the SONOS system, is right now you can't use the "Artist Radio" function like you can on the webplayer.
I agree with Cerrot's post above. Tidal Hi-Fi is an excellent source for music streaming at CD quality. I have been listening for a week now and love it. Yes, it takes a few seconds to start an album and a few seconds between album songs but this is not a problem. Who cares! The sound quality is excellent. Tidal Hi-Fi offers great sounds since it is uncompressed internet audio streaming.
Justubes2...Tidal is considered "high quality" which means the sampling rate is 16 bit, 44.1k, which is exactly what a CD is. Deezer also has this, but does have some content that is MP3 (320k).
Spotify/Beats/Rhapsody are only MP3 at 320k, so a CD will sound quite bit better than these.
MP3's maximum is 320k
CD quality is 1411k (at 16 bit, 44.1)
Almost 5 times the resolution.