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Tidal Master Quality Recordings Finally Available on iOS

Mar 15, 2019

You might be happy to know that Tidal has finally brought Master quality recordings to iOS. This comes after Tidal released the studio quality music to Android a while back. The new audio is available thanks to the partnership between Tidal and MQA.

We have been waiting for quite a while for these Master quality recordings to be made available through the platform. For fans of music, this addition of the MQA decoder is going to enhance the overall listening experience. Keep reading to learn more details about the Master quality recordings now available on iOS.

Tidal Brings Master Quality Recordings to iOS with New Update

Tidal Masters is now available on iOS through a partnership with MQA, which you might know as Master Quality Authenticated. MQA has specific proprietary audio technologies that are used to get these studio quality recordings to fit into a file size suitable for streaming. This technology will give you the studio quality you want in a streaming format but it doesn’t hinder audio quality.

There is no loss of quality using MQA which is why Tidal partnered up with it for the Masters. In order to try out the new Master quality recordings, you have to update your iOS app to the newest version. Once you have updated your iOS app, you will be on par with the Android version, which already had released the new Master quality recordings.

The update will add the MQA decoder that you will need to be able to play the studio quality music. COO Lior Tibon said that the company is excited to finally have Master quality recordings on both iOS and Android. Tibon went onto say that the company is all about bringing music to life, which is one of the central values of Tidal. With the new Master quality recordings, the music will be brought to life in a whole new way.

Master Quality Recordings are Limited on Tidal for Now

One thing you will notice about the Master quality recordings is that they are limited right now on both iOS and Android. You will have to look for the “Master” tag on the tracks in order to find those Master quality records. The good news is that the three major record labels are a part of this and so is Merlin. Merlin is the company that represents the community of independent labels. So you have four different record labels altogether that have tracks in the Master catalog.

Obviously since Master quality recordings are a fairly new feature, the selection of music is not yet that broad. As time goes on there will be more tracks heading into the Masters catalog. We also are happy that new releases will also be a part of this section. You will also be able to hear more back catalog recordings over time too. The only downside is that it might take a while to expand out to this level. If you go to the Tidal Masters website then you will see all of the tracks that are now available as part of the Tidal Masters feature.

How You Can Get Tidal Master Quality Recordings on Your Device

Tidal Master quality recordings are available today on iOS and have been on Android for a little while now. You will need to have a subscription to Tidal in order to get to the Masters section of the app. More specifically, you have to have the Tidal HiFi subscription which will cost you $19.99 per month in order to access the Tidal Masters section. Once you have subscribed to the Tidal HiFi tier and paid the $19.99, you will be able to access the entire Masters catalog.

It is important to note that you must update your iOS Tidal app to version 2.7 in order to get the feature. There will be an icon on the playback screen that says “Master” if you are listening to one of the tracks in this particular catalog. Once you have tried out the new Master quality audio recordings through Tidal, we want to know what you think about it.

Do you notice the difference in the quality of music with Masters compared to the normal music tracks? Are you willing to pay $19.99 per month to get these higher quality studio recordings? What else would you like to see Tidal add in the future to both the iOS and Android apps? If you use another music streaming app and like it better, we want to know in the comments below what app you are using. What makes the app you are using better and is the audio quality the same or better?