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Tidal master-quality tracks are now available on iOS

By Shawn Knight
Mar 11, 2019
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  1. Beleaguered streaming music provider Tidal on Monday announced that master-quality tracks are now available to listeners on iOS.

    Tidal, a MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) partner, rolled out similar support for Android devices at CES in January.

    A process called “music origami” is used to compress masters into smaller files that can be streamed to mobile devices over carrier networks. MQA’s decoder is then used to reassemble the files locally and also authenticate the master recording’s source.

    Tidal master-quality tracks are a step above HiFi. According to the company, HiFi is limited to a resolution of 44.1 kHz /16 bit but MQA offers thousands of versions of songs that are typically 96 kHz / 24 bit. In short, MQA aims to offer music just as it was recorded in the studio.

    To listen to master-quality tracks through Tidal, you need a Hi-Fi membership which commands $19.99 per month. You can take advantage of a 60-day free trial to see if it's right for you.

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