We here a lot in the press today about ‘Digital Downloading’ be it from people like Taylor Swift cutting out from ‘Spotify’ or the British government forcing all Internet Providers to restrict access to certain ‘Torrent’ sites and music streaming services.
Today we are hearing all about Jay Z going to war against the likes of ‘Spotify’, ‘Deezer’, ‘Google Play’ and ‘Apple iTunes’ (I bet they won’t like that, can you say “Lawsuit”?).
Well armed to the teeth with other huge names in the music industry like…
- Kanye West
- Alicia Keys
- Nicki Minaj
- Jack White
- Calvin Harris
- Jason Aldean
Jay Z’s Tidal will offer exclusive music from prominent artists, including studio sessions and demo tracks, while giving them new ways to communicate with fans.
It’s also said to be offering (Sky News) bigger royalties to the artists, one of the reasons Taylor Swift pulled out from Spotify, her back Catalog is strangely available again… on Tidal!
Obviously its not going to be a free service, there are two pay structures, Basic music streaming and Premium.
Now, there are a few things here that are troubling me, one is that in the U.S. it costs $9.99 and $19.99 respectively, well being in the U.K. I wanted to know how much its going to cost us Brit’s – £9.99 and £19.99 respectively… Can you see my problem?we have to pay more here… WHY? with today’s exchange rate surely I should be paying £6.75 and £13.52 for these services! Because I will be paying more does that mean I will be getting Jay Z coming round on a weekly basis to sync my accounts? (Not that I want him to mind!) Maybe Coldplay are going to come round and perform at this years ‘Grim BBQ’ for me…
Well Jay Z and gang, your not getting my money that’s for sure!
And what’s the other thing you ask?
Watching the Twitter feed (#TIDALforALL) for a while I’ve noticed a lot of people are getting the ‘Premium’ service because it offers ‘Lossless’ music downloads. That’s all well and good, and please don’t get me wrong, I have a HUGE collection of music and a large amount of it is ‘Flac’ or Still the good old fashioned CD because I like a good clear sound when I’m blasting music out through my nice big stereo system, but a lot of these people will be only ever using their phones, tablets and laptops for this and correct me if I’m wrong (which I’m not) ‘LossLess’ tracks are a much larger file size and the speakers on phones and tablets, as good as they are, are no where good enough for even the best of musical ears to tell the difference! It’s madness to pay double for something that will take up at least four times more space of your phones memory (If you have an iPhone then god help you when the next update comes up!) and sound exactly the same! Oh, and don’t forget, if you stream it while out think of your data limit!
Just for you lucky lot Ive trawled the internet for a bit and found that the only way to get a good sound from your phone, tablet or laptop is by having a set of high quality headphones or speakers, and that unless you are planning on spending an extortionate amount of money on these (£110+ a lot of the reviews said) then you won’t be able to tell the difference between a ‘320kbps MP3’ track and a ‘Flac’ or ‘Lossless’ recording.
You know I like to blast my music out, I’m a rocker after all, and if Mrs Grim doesn’t want to hear it then my headphones come out along with the air drums and air guitars, the speakers I use are perfectly good for this and only cost me £40 what are they? (Here come’s the Geeky side) my trusty Xbox headset… my Turtle Beach X11’s! Believe me, Gaming headphones are the best for listening to music on! Plugged into the PC (USB powered) they blast away some headphones specifically for music! Obviously, being USB powered you can’t use them out and about with your phone 🙁
Let me know what you think on the subject, will you be signing up? Will you stick to one of the other media streaming services? In fact, do you still like a ‘Hard Copy’ of your music and still buy the CD (or Vinyl as one of my friends does! I know!)
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