TIDAL has just announced the availability of ‘Master’ quality recordings on its music streaming service.
This is long-awaited and expected news, but that does not make it any less exciting.
A wide variety of content from labels and artists, including Warner Music Group’s world-renowned music catalogue, is now available in Master audio across all of TIDAL’s available markets worldwide.
TIDAL has integrated MQA, the award-winning technology that enables this innovation, which is available now to all TIDAL HiFi tier subscribers.
You can find it under a new ‘Master’ listing.
Initially this functionality will only be available on desktop but will roll-out to mobile soon.
There is already a wide range of recordings available and the collection will “grow rapidly.”
A representative from TIDAL said
TIDAL is committed to bringing members closer to their favorite musicians and offering MQA sound quality will allow subscribers to hear music just as it was recorded in the studio. We’re thrilled to bring master quality sound to our members.”
Visit TIDAL.com/Masters to learn more. Non-members can sign up for a complimentary 60-day trial.
TIDAL Masters FAQs
What is TIDAL Masters?
TIDAL has partnered with MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) to deliver guaranteed master-quality recordings directly from the master source – an audio experience that the artist intended.
What is the difference between HiFi quality and Master quality?
HiFi audio is a superior sound, but is still limited in its resolution—44.1 kHz /16 bit.
Yet TIDAL has partnered with MQA to deliver something infinitely better: an authenticated and unbroken version (typically 96 kHz / 24 bit) with the highest-possible resolution—as flawless as it sounded in the mastering suite. And exactly as the artist intended it to sound.
I’m already a TIDAL user, what do I do?
Premium Members: As a Premium member, you will need to upgrade to a TIDAL HiFi Member and use the desktop application in order to enjoy TIDAL Masters audio feature.
HiFi Members: All you need is your TIDAL HiFi membership to access thousands of master-quality albums only through the TIDAL desktop application. When you are in TIDAL desktop application, go to “What’s New” and select “Masters” in the Albums section.
How can I listen to TIDAL Masters (master-quality recordings)?
All you need is a TIDAL HiFi membership to access thousands of master-quality albums only through the TIDAL desktop application.
When you are in TIDAL desktop application, go to “What’s New” and select “Masters” in the Albums section. To get the best quality, make sure to select “HiFi/Master” quality in “Settings” and then select “Streaming”.
Where do I find a list of available master-quality albums and tracks?
TIDAL HiFi members can access the growing catalogue of master-quality albums and tracks only through the TIDAL desktop application.
Go to “What’s New” and select “Masters” in the Albums section.
Master-quality albums and tracks will be available on mobile and web application at a later date.
What will it cost?
This is available to all TIDAL HiFi members at no additional charge.
How much music is available in Master quality?
There is over 30,000 tracks from Warner Music Group, our TIDAL artist owners and key independent labels. Additional master-quality content will arrive over time.