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TIDAL Premium Music Streaming - 90 Days $0 (New Users)

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I stumbled across a Tidal Premium ad campaign.
Ok, so it is only $4 cheaper than this deal but hey, every cent or dollar counts to Ozbargainers :-)

Premium Sound Quality
60+ million tracks
Unlimited skips
Expertly curated playlists

A recent review on Tidal
And Tidal vs Spotify

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Referee receives 60 Days of TIDAL Premium. Referrer receives 30 Days.

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  • +1 vote

    Surprised TIDAL is still around. I don’t personally know of anyone who has used it.

    • +3 votes

      I signed up for a free 3 month trial. MQAs sound great if you have good (wired) headphones.

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        Very true but an Android device and higher-end LDAC or AptX HD compatible headphones also sound fantastic. Although not as good as my LG V-series phone and Focal Elear - can't go back to lossless streaming after using this setup.

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          Fantastic combo you've got. I used my LG G6 and Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro or Philips Fidelio X2HR. I find MQAs lacked clarity and a lot of details were lost on my Sony WH1000XM3

          • +2 votes

            @xiangtan: You can't play MQA through Bluetooth

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            @xiangtan: Does the G6 have the quad DAC? I thought it was just the V-series. Have you tried your 1000XM3 wired in active mode (i.e. powered on), ANC off? You may be pleasantly surprised. I love the wired sound of my Sony h.ear on 2 driven by the LG V35.

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              @elektron: Yes, the H870DS, which I have, does. I tried the WH1000XM3 in wired mode, and the sound was a whole lot better.

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                @xiangtan: Was it active or passive? With the h.ear on 2, I find that the wired active sound is heaps better than passive.

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                  @elektron: I feel it sounds better, and more natural with power off, but still, MQAs sound better on my Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro and Philips Fidelio X2HR

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        You need more than just good headphones to enjoy MQA. You need to be able to unfold it. Plugging in headphones won't work as you need a supported DAC.

        If you're on a LG phone using USB Audio Player Pro, it'll work without any fancy external DAC as LG support it natively.

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          Grab a dragonfly audio quest for mqa

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            @Raj09: Or get literally any chi-fi mqa DAC that is better and cheaper than a dragonfly

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              @Gonltruck: Which ones do you suggest? Like the Sonata HD?

              • +1 vote

                @thegamerulez: Listening right now on a Sonata HD and Tin T3s and Tidal MQAs do sure sound lovely.

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                @thegamerulez: Sonata HD pro is the pick of the bunch at the moment

                • +1 vote

                  @Gonltruck: Agreed. I think it's very good at around $55

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                  @Gonltruck: Thanks.
                  I have the Cyrus Soundkey. I don't know what it is but I don't see much difference and just keep buying more in the hopes of seeing that marginal improvement (which doesn't seem to exist - at least to my ears).
                  I think I have finally learnt my lesson and won't buy anymore……… other than the Sonata HD i.e. :P

                  • +1 vote

                    @thegamerulez: Haha.. I feel you on this one. Chi-fi is like a false economy of being so cheap that you get lured into buying more of it and spending the same as if you got name-brand hi-fi equipment.

                    Also the R&D strategy (if you can call it that) for Chi-fi, seems to be to produce thousands of different products a year, and hope that 10% are actually good. In this way it is very fast moving and addictive to try stay up with the best gear of the time.

                    I'm like you though, calling it quits for a while…………………………………. after I get some TRN BA5 IEMs first..

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            @Raj09: The LG V-series phones essentially have the Dragonfly Red built in at no extra cost.

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        They way they organise studio albums is nice too.

    • +5 votes

      It's my preferred platform!

      • +2 votes

        Hi Jay Z.

    • +1 vote

      Because you don't have HiFi

  • +2 votes

    If you forget to cancel they won’t give you a refund.

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      Gotta. Don't forget to cancel.

  • +12 votes

    I cancelled my subscription and they still charged me highly recommend staying far away from these guys. I'm not the only one this is happened to either.

    • +3 votes

      Yeah same happened to me, had cancelled and they charged me, had to call up PayPal to sort the refund. Tidal were awful about it and refused to wear it at all.

    • +2 votes

      I've used two trials and cancelled both with no issues.

    • +3 votes

      Personally, I've never used Tidal but I've known a few peope who have had this happened to them as well. I'd suggest those wanting to try it should do it through Paypal then immediately cancel and block the autopayments just incase.

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        Thanks

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      Same, I'm now opening a dispute to Amex.

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    Whats wrong with YouTube? This is a luxury for me.

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      Compression and audio quality. For me a 320Kbps mp3 is perfect. Though the difference is really small.

  • +8 votes

    Tidal on my studio monitors blows Spotify away

    • +1 vote

      Where to?

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      Are you referring to Tidal HiFi?

      • +1 vote

        Yeah should have been more clear. I’m referring to hi-fi/master

  • +3 votes

    I'm moaning 'n' groaning with anticipation and excitement. TIDAL is akin to s3x for music streaming. Listening to it every night with my B&W P7W just before going to sleep.

    This post definitely made my night. TY.

  • +6 votes

    Terrrible service who continued charging me even after I cancelled. Then they wouldn’t refund me.

    I would suggest staying far away from these guys.

    Very dodgy.

    • +2 votes

      I use them because they have a monopoly on lossless music streaming. If there were any comparable alternative I'd switch in a heartbeat. Their non-refundable auto debits and occasional mischarging once cancelled is a blatant breech of Australian consumer law.

      I'm surprised ACCC watchdogs haven't at least slapped them on the wrist.

      • +1 vote

        They don't have a monopoly. Deezer is pretty good.

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          Deezer is brilliant!

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          Thank you! I'll definitely take a further look into this.

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        You can try deezer. I think Spotify was also trialling lossless but didn't proceed as it was not bringing enough profits

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          Yes, unfortunately lossless streaming translates to lossy profits (due to much higher cost of providing this service), since 99% of streaming users don't care about audio quality enough.

          • +1 vote

            @elektron: Pretty spot on here. If you are not making enough out of lossless you are going to focus on areas where there is more people listening ie lossy tracks . This will mean more tracks and better user experience in those areas and lossless remains a niche product.

  • -3 votes

    what kind of music tidal have? like Taylor Swift or just Lil' ShingLing Ling type music?

  • +2 votes

    Just finished my 3 month Hifi trial. I like the Master quality on my hifi setup but their playlists are awful. Much harder to find what I'm looking for. Their playlists seem to be heavily focused on what's new / hip hop / RnB etc. Back to Spotify for me. I'll take the sound quality hit for ease of use and just get FLAC albums if I want to listen critically to something.

  • +1 vote

    Can you download tracks with tidal or is it like spotify where the downloads stay in-app?

    • +1 vote

      Tidal lets you download full playlists for offline mode and in the quality of your choice. I've been using offline mode on my phone for months without issues. You'll still have to open tidal to play them as the files are stored encrypted for licencing reasons.

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    @awfulusername Yes. It stays in app

  • +11 votes

    To those concerned about Tidal charging you after the trial:

    1. Sign up for free trial with paypal as selected payment option.
    2. Immediately cancel the trial through Tidal (you keep access for the 90 days still).
    3. Login to Paypal, go to Settings > Payments > Manage Automatic Payments > Select Tidal > Click Cancel.

    I do this for pretty much all free trials i have ever signed up for, never been charged after a trial has ended.

  • +2 votes

    Use a Coles Mastercard giftcard with just 3 dollars on it.

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    Can you combine a referral with this?

  • +1 vote

    Their metalcore playlists are weak

  • +1 vote

    Below was posted by @Maxdax on a previous Tidal Deal

    Below was posted by @cello on a previous Tidal Deal (https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/526247) for existing users with an inactive sub, it worked for me on that deal, so may work on this one as well

    "To have the Tidal promotional offer working for existing users, I find that it won't work if I just go from my existing account and subscribe, or if I go from the offer link and try to take the offer with my old account, it will ask me to register a new account instead. However if I click the offer as new user first, then open a new browser tab and login with my existing account, go back to the offer tab , I'm logged in and can continue with paying for the offer.This works on PC with my Chrome browser, I am not sure about other environment."

    • +1 vote

      Just tried a few times. Doesn't work. Account already exists

      • +1 vote

        It seems like a few people had problems too. Check the original thread for solutions. For example:

        Click on the deal link and open it up, then go into your Tidal app and open up manage subscription into a new tab, clear your cookies from that tab then go back into the deal link and enter your current account username. It should then open up the payment options. It added the extra 3 months on top of my current subscription end date.

        I've never used Tidal before so I cannot confirm or deny if this works.

        • +1 vote

          thanks. tried a few more times using the trick. Tidal seems have closed the loophole and displays a red banner "you are not eligible for this offer".

          I did extended for 4 months last time for $4 but I guess no more "freebies".

          I love hifi music but $25 a month is a bit too much

  • +6 votes

    tidal is heaps better than spotify….. if you have the right hifi equipments

    • +1 vote

      And good ears. Old people do not apply.

  • +1 vote

    i'm only getting an offer page for Premium, and not the HiFi/MQA subscription

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      Yes, this is only for premium,which is 320kbps

      • +1 vote

        That's not tempting. The only sane reason anyone would subscribe to tidal is for HiFi quality music. …. even their music database is one of the largest.i think the user experience falls behind to Spotify and deezer

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        You can upgrade to HiFi, while shortening the trial by half.

    • +1 vote

      Can't vouch for this situation, but usually after your plan is active you can optionally switch over to HiFi, but it will halve your subscription length if on a trial or special deal plan.

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        Yes, the above worked for me. Just reduced the amount of time the free trial lasts by 50%

    • +1 vote

      Although marked expired, this deal still exists for those who wants 3 months free HiFi subscription (https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/531791).

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        Thank you!

  • +1 vote

    WOW Tidal are still around!!!!

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    Not working now.