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Forget exclusive releases: Tidal is better than Spotify for one simple reason

I’ve been enjoying Rihanna and Samsung’s 60-day Tidal promo for three weeks. I received ANTI for free and got to stream Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, both legally.

Tidal may be snapping exclusives from the artists behind the music streaming platform, and that as well might be the driver behind new user adoption lately. After The Life of Pablo, Tidal jumped to number one on the App Store. Our own Leonardo joined Tidal because of Kanye’s TLOP exclusive release on Jay-Z’s allegedly troubled service.

Digging deeper, I just found a feature that will surely make you want to join Tidal: multiple device streaming.

The support pages state the following:

You can use 1 device in online mode and 3 devices in offline mode simultaneously.

That in itself gives it an edge over its rivals that allow just one device at the time, be it on or offline. But fiddling with the app, I was able to play two separate albums simultaneously on an iPad and iPhone.

I then thought this had something to do with the fact that I was streaming music over the same Wi-Fi network. So I decided to turn my iPhone’s mobile network on to see if playback would stop on the tablet. It didn’t, as the music kept playing in both devices.

I don’t know if this is an error on Tidal’s part. If not, paying $9.99 for Spotify/Apple Music seems a dumb thing to do, as you can share an account with your brother or a close friend and halve that monthly subscription.

I wouldn’t suggest you base your decision on this, but changing to Tidal looks very enticing indeed. What do you think?

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