The best music streaming service: Tidal beats Rdio.com as the leader for streaming music. Unfortunately Rdio went bankrupt and was bought by Pandora. So when this was announced I did some research and have been using Tidal. At $10 per month it is the same cost, but I wanted to share my experiences in using it.
Using Tidal has several advantages over Rdio.
It has better compatibility with car entertainment systems. Rdio would not stream music when I was backing up, but Tidal streams no matter what else the car is doing.
Making songs work in Offline mode to save having to constantly download the data is easier. Instead of having to select each song and say “Download to Mobile” as Rdio required, you can just select one button and your entire playlist is downloaded and becomes available off-line. Nicely done!
You can watch videos if you want in the app. This is a nice feature.
You can buy things, and you have access to exclusive content. They do seem to also treat artists better and pay they more than other streaming services.
Tidal says that they have 30 million songs which is also what other music streaming services are claiming. I only lost 14 songs in my playlist moving over to them, and I really don’t notice what songs I am missing so they were not my favorites. It looks like they are committed to adding content and keeping up with the major players.
This is from a company that is focused on the artists and not some side project like Apple Music/Google Music. I like the fact of dedicated focus in some industries. I don’t like a company try to be everything to everyone. It just doesn’t work. As great as Apple is, I don’t think we need to give them all of the economic pie just because it is easy.
The darker interface makes it easier to read in the daylight and for people with glasses like me. When you wear glasses then when there is alot of white on a page, it makes it harder to read text for longer periods of time.
The music sounds clearer. It is lossless and I heard things in songs I have heard dozens of times that I never heard before. So that was very surprising to me.
Chrome incompatibility. It used to be that Chrome was amazing because it was compatible with all websites often working better than Safari/Internet Explorer. This is no longer the case. It is probably the least compatible browser. Chrome made a change in its plugins that stopped many companies and technologies from working properly with it. For example, if you play games on the Internet you may have installed Unity Plugin in. Well Chrome doesn’t allow that, so my recent post on a fun free Unity-based game means you couldn’t play it in Chrome.
Privacy. It used to be that Microsoft was the evil empire seeking to destroy your privacy. It still may be, but Google presents a much bigger threat. Since normally most people use google to search for things, there is a ton of information about you available and you don’t control it. You may delete your information, but don’t doubt that some information about you still lives on. It is clear that Google’s need to sell advertising triumphs their promises of user privacy. You just can’t trust someone whose business model is to sell information.
Battery life. Google is working to be more efficient, but if you have laptop/smart phone then using Chrome sucks up your battery power. I noticed a big difference on laptops by using Firefox instead of Chrome. Even if you have a desktop, why waste electricity and money if you don’t have to?
Speed. Chrome slows down when you use plugins and crash. When I tried to use 2 plugins in Chrome that were popular and well-regarded, it crashed. You don’t save time when you have to start and reload where you were working.
Updating. When Chrome wants an update it will cause Chrome to work erratically. Things will be slow or not work right. When Firefox needed to be updated it was updated when it was started (in the distant past) and honestly and I don’t even remember having to do an update. It is unobtrusive. Exactly like a software program should be.