TIDAL is a music streaming-service that is partly owned by Jay-Z and other musical artists. The service provides lossless audio quality, high-definition music videos, and exclusive content. Although TIDAL provides great content, many people balk at its high price tag and lack of accessibility. In the United States, the standard premium service costs $9.99 USD a month while the “HiFi” subscription rings in at $19.99. TIDAL is also only available on Android, iOS, OS X, and Microsoft Windows.
Plex is a client-server media player system that is available on nearly every operating system. It organizes almost photos, music, and video from both a user’s collection and online services. Plex is free but they also offer a Premium Pass that includes a number of features for music, television shows, movies, and settings like parental controls. A typical Premium Pass runs users $4.99 a month or $39.99 a year. Plex and TIDAL’s collaboration allows Plex to access more content and enables TIDAL to reach more consumers.
All Plex Music users, regardless of whether they use the free or paid Premium Pass service, can now create playlists from their libraries or listen to personalized playlists that have been developed for them by Plex. They will also receive recommendations for similar artists they do not already have in their library. Users will be notified when their favorite artist releases new albums or if they are missing an older album in their collection.
There are a few differences between being a Plex Music user, a Premium Pass subscriber, and a TIDAL on Plex subscriber. Each level comes with its own benefits and improvements. All mobile Plex users will be treated to seamless transitions, advanced hybrid caching, soft pauses, as well as all the new benefits listed above. Premium Pass and TIDAL on Plex subscribers will also notice loudness leveling, sweet fades, silence compression, and voice boosts. Those with the TIDAL subscription will be able to search and listen to music from their own server, shared servers, and TIDAL. They will also receive higher quality content with the slightly pricier subscription package.
It is important to note that the TIDAL on Plex subscription is more expensive than the regular Premium Plex Pass. For $9.99 a month you can access TIDAL’s 59 million tracks and 250,000 music videos with the TIDAL Premium PASS. The TIDAL HIFI + Plex Pass will cost you $19.99 a month and includes lossless quality audio and all of the benefits of the Plex Premium Pass. They are currently offering a free 30 day trial for both packages.