Global music and content platform TIDAL today announced availability of a beta desktop application, ticketing functionality through Ticketmaster, updated user interface and that student pricing will be available in the coming few weeks.
The beta desktop player is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems. It will enable TIDAL members to more easily access the full catalogue of over 30 million songs, more than 75,000 videos and exclusive content. In addition, the player enables members to enjoy gapless play, support for media keys and sound output management. The app detects and supports different audio sources, like Mac Airplay and Digital Audio Converters (DAC), making it easy to play the music on compatible stereo systems. The desktop player can be downloaded here.
TIDAL members will also experience an updated design and functionality for its mobile platform, including: improved search functionality, updated menu and icons, including a prominent “offline mode” button, as well as new personalization options. These updates are a part of a series of platform improvements aimed at making it easier for members to discover and enjoy music.
Supported by Ticketmaster, TIDAL will also enable ticketing functionality, allowing users to view upcoming tour dates for their favorite artists and purchase tickets to upcoming shows. Through this partnership, TIDAL members will have access to exclusive ticket giveaways, presales and discounts to further bring fans closer to the artists.
A free month of service is available to all TIDAL members. The service is ad-free and available on www.tidal.com, or it can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store. TIDAL has two pricing tiers: $9.99 and $19.99 per month. Both pricing levels come with the same access to exclusive content and experiences, and the $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound, delivering the music to your ears the way the artists and producers intended it to be heard. There is no compression of the files, and the music is CD-level quality.
Furthermore, TIDAL will introduce discounted pricing for students. Users with a valid .edu email address will be eligible for a 50% discount and can subscribe to TIDAL at a discounted rate of $4.99 for the premium tier and $9.99 for the Hi-Fi tier. Students will be able to sign up at TIDAL.com in the coming weeks.