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Jay-Z's Tidal gets the thumbs-up from Taylor Swift, T-Mobile

Pulkit Chandna | March 30, 2015
Earlier this month, Shawn Carter (a.k.a. Jay Z) bought lossless music-streaming service Tidal--as part of a $56 million acquisition of Swedish company Aspiro--and the platform already finds itself in a sea of activity. Taylor Swift has made her back catalog available to Tidal subscribers, each of whom currently pays $20 per month to access more than 25 million tracks in the 16-bit FLAC format at a bit rate of 1,411Kbps.

One thing that that's not clear at this point is if under its new management, Tidal will follow through with its plans to offer tracks encoded with Meridian Audio's extremely high-fidelity MQA technology. The two companies demonstrated the service successfully streaming MQA tracks on March 5, but the Jay-Z acquisition wasn't completed until March 10. We've reached out to both companies for comment and will let you know what we hear.


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