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Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 04, 2019
Going out shopping for new music was easy when all we did was buy vinyl or CDs. Record stores have a ‘New Releases’ section clearly marked, so finding the latest music was a no-brainer. You walked in and looked around. Not so online.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  May 02, 2019
Primephonic, one of the two music streaming services devoted exclusively to classical music, announced on May 1 that its iOS and Android customers can now use the Primephonic phone/pad app to download tracks to play offline without need of an internet connection or cellular data.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 13, 2019
Listening to MQA on-the-go just got easier with the announcement that digital music-streaming service TIDAL brought their iOS mobile-app code in-line to handle the software unfolding (24-bit/96kHz) of the ultra-high resolution Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) core signal for its Apple-centric user base. Android bassheads got their fix a couple months ago.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 14, 2019
Will it be a knock-out, drag-em-down, bare-knuckled fight for audiophile-grade music-streaming supremacy or has TIDAL solidified its base in North America enough to weather any body blows from the French high-res streaming company Qobuz?
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Feb 01, 2019
Idagio, one of the two streaming services that specializes in CD-quality classical music, is now in the midst of a big launch push in the United States. Begun in Germany in 2014 by a group of young classical music lovers who had grown frustrated with struggling to conduct adequate classical music searches on the major streaming services, Idagio is geared specifically to the needs, wants, desires, and curiosity of classical music lovers worldwide.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 04, 2018
Here we go again—a company that's never seen a profit and doesn't make its product has a big opening day on Wall St. making its owners wealthy (or wealthier). Gee, how great.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2018
Blake Morgan wrote:
"Webster’s English Dictionary defines the term 'golden goose' as a continuing source of wealth or profit that may be exhausted if it’s misused. Sadly, Spotify’s ongoing crisis of misuse begins and ends with the fact that they don’t know their only product is music. They think it’s themselves, which explains each and all of their stunning mistakes and missteps. They’d be well-served to ask any first-semester business student what the difference is between a 'brand' and a 'product.' But I don’t think they will, and I don’t think it’d help them at this point. I think their goose is cooked."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 26, 2017
If you've been waiting for the right time to dip your toe(s) into Tidal, now's the time.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 26, 2017
According to The Belgian Radio-Television of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (RTBF), Qobuz, the French streaming and download service provider, will be offering their three-tier streaming service for residents of the US come 2018.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 14, 2017
Norway's Dagens Naeringsliv has reported Tidal only has enough cash left to run for 6 months. Crap! (if true)
 |  Nov 19, 2017
Why is this news? Two reasons—there's a ton of great music in their vaults, and ECM's focus on sound quality has kept them away from streaming. Until now.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 05, 2017
STUTTGART, Germany, Sept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz and global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL, have announced a long-term partnership – in the next few months, Mercedes-Benz customers that have connected their car to the Mercedes me Portal will be able to access a complimentary TIDAL HiFi membership.
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Starting from 2018 all Mercedes me customers are provided with a free 12-month subscription in hi-fi streaming quality. After that complimentary trial, customers can continue to use the TIDAL subscription to access albums, live streams, and Tidal X concerts for €9.99 (premium quality) or €19.99 (hi-fi quality).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 05, 2017
Yes, you read that right. HDtracks, the grandfather of hi-res download sites, will be launching their own streaming service, HDmusicStream, which will feature all MQA-encoded music all the time, later this year.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 30, 2017
"To lose one CEO may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness." (But to lose three?) Oscar Wilde
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 26, 2017
"I'm going to make this disappear."

Neil Young is back!, touting high-res again, but this time things are going to be different. Better...

As you might imagine, I found it difficult to raise more money for this model: delivering quality music at a premium price to a limited audience that felt they were being taken advantage of with the high costs.

So now, sadly with Pono gone, for more than eight months I’ve been working with our small team to look for alternatives. Finding a way to deliver the quality music without the expense and to bring it to a larger audience has been our goal.

The alternative? High-res streaming!

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