Now that Tidal is emerging from its beta status, Sonos has cemented its partnership with the music-streaming service.
Sonos owners are officially able to stream high-quality music over the Tidal service, which was recently bought by one of Jay Z's company branches. Tidal has a library of more than 25 million songs in Hi-Fi quality, 75,000 HD music videos, and "a full catalogue of tracks in lossless sound quality", meaning FLAC at 44.1kHz and 16-bit, or 1,411 kbps. It also offers curated playlists.
Tidal might not be a well-known service outside of Norway, but WiMP, run by the same parent company, had over half-a-million paying subscribers as of September (before Tidal launched). Spotify is far more popular with 15 million subscribers, but that figure includes many that don't pay.
Tidal offers high fidelity lossless audio for a subscription fee of £20 per month, as well as a 30-day free trial for anyone wishing to give it a go. It is getting ready to officially relaunch today and will reportedly kick off with some of the biggest musicians of the moment (and their catalogues) signed up, including Kanye West, Madonna, Calvin Harris, and Daft Punk.
The company sent out invites for a press conference being held at 5pm EST on 30 March, in which Jay-Z is expected to announce a "commitment to a new direction for the music industry from both a creative and business perspective.”
As for Sonos, it also announced a partnership last month with Qobuz (it, too, offers high quality audio files for streaming on Sonos speakers), meaning there are more than 60 services available through Sonos.