Consumers' desire for high-quality audio will be further tested with Tidal, a music streaming service from Scandinavian company Aspiro, which launched today (Oct. 28) in the United States and the United Kingdom.
The format and the audio quality make Tidal stand out from competitors such as Spotify and Beats Music. It has more than 25 million audio tracks and 75,000 music videos in lossless FLAC and ALAC formats that deliver better sound than "lossy" compression like MP3 and AAC. The service is available for iOS and Android devices, web browsers and home music network players. This advertising-free subscription costs $19.99/£19.99 per month.