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Tidal Vs Spotify: Which One is the Best Streaming Platform

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When you are looking into the best music streaming apps, you are bound to come across places like Spotify, and tidal. Other than these two there are several other apps as well which you can use to stream music.  However, when it comes to picking the right service, then there is a good amount of research that must be done. 

However, Spotify continues to be more preferred among the people of the world. As a matter of fact, there are many people who want to buy Spotify streams to improve their social standing. 

Tidal and Spotify continue to remain two of the most loved music streaming platforms. Where spotify aims to improve the experience of its audience, Tidal focuses on sound quality, and artists first. Both of them give you a great interface for surfing the app with a number of music discovery features.  However, there are some comparisons that can be drawn on these apps as mentioned below.

Let’s check them out!

    1.Music Content

Tidal gives you more than 60 million tracks in one place. On the other hand, Spotify has about 50 million tracks in its libraries. Clearly- both of these platforms give you a range of music to listen to but there is some difference in the kind of content that can be found. For instance, there are some artists who exclusively release their music on Tidal.

Such music takes months before it is released to the rest of the world. On the other hand, there are some new, indie, or upcoming artists that only give out their music to Spotify. These artists cannot be found on Tidal for one reason or another. 

This is because Spotify accepts music submissions from all the people in the world. Even if you submit it through third parties like CDBay- the platform will still accept the submission. However, if an Indie artist wants to submit his music to tidal then he needs to approach select distributors. Therefore, if you’re a fan of raw pop and indie, then Spotify might be better.

 2.    Podcasts Vs Videos

Tidal focuses a lot on musical artists. Therefore it does not offer any podcasts. Spotify, however, is filled with podcasts from a lot of different people. There are language podcasts, poetry podcasts, health and fitness podcasts, and even comic podcasts. However, there are some features related to podcasts that are slightly lacking from Spotify.

Although Tidal doesn’t offer podcasts, it gives you a large number of videos that you can browse through. There are over 250,000 videos on the platform that can only be viewed by Tidal subscribers. Here you can also find documentaries, and videos of certain live performances. Although Spotify doesn’t have videos, it does have some GIFs which play along with certain music.

3.    Streaming Quality

Tidal is your best friend if you're hunting for high-quality music. Standard, High, HiFi, and Master Quality Authenticated are the four streaming quality settings available to Tidal HiFi members (MQA). Since streaming high-quality files uses a lot of bandwidth, the Normal setting is configured to keep the number of Internet resources used to a minimum.

Spotify also gives you various different audio quality settings. There are some amazing quality audio, and the maximum streaming quality reaches only Ogg Vorbis at 320 Kbps. This is equal to the high setting of Tidal. On February 22 itself, Spotify announced that it is going to offer a lossless audio tier called Spotify HiFi. 

Although there is not much information about this new version, we are sure it is going to be a rival to Tidal HiFi as well as Amazon Music HD. All devices will be able to support this version. However, you will have to make sure you have good quality headphones.

4.    Pricing

Talking about the pricing, the most important fact is that Spotify can be used for free, whereas Tidal will need a subscription. However, being free it also gives you a lot of ads that will often interrupt your listening process. However, if you are serious about songs then you might want to get Spotify premium which will be started at $9.99 every month. 

There isn't a free plan for Tidal. It will cost you to use it. Its pricing policy is close, but only to an extent, to Spotify's. A monthly basic membership costs $9.99, and a family option of six accounts costs $14.99. Students have a break as well, with a monthly membership costing $4.99. So there aren't any distinctions here.

5.    Social Features

Spotify is actually much more social than Tidal. Here you can easily look into what your friends are listening to, which is a wonderful way to discover music. It is also possible for you to share music on other social media like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Another social feature given by Spotify is details about the music artist. Thus you can find out their monthly listeners, and followers.

Tidal, on the other hand, only allows you to share your favorite songs through social media. Other social applications aren't available. You have no way of knowing what your peers are referring to or how successful specific bands or playlists are. Whether you think that's a good idea or a negative thing is up to you, so it's something to think about. Therefore, if you are an artist it is normal to want to gain more plays on your Spotify music

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Conclusion

Tidal and Spotify are also two of the most popular music streaming services. Whereas Spotify strives to enhance the user interface, Tidal prioritizes sound quality and musicians. Both have a fantastic user experience for navigating the app, as well as a variety of music discovery tools. If you want to understand the basic differences between these two apps make sure you look above. 

 

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