Shhhhh! I'm in the UK and not paying UK prices!Tidal really need to get their pricing policy sorted out quick!
There's too many variances from country to country, and until they rectify this I think they are doing themselves a great disservice.
They have the opportunity to knock Spotify into a cocked hat with their lossless streaming but price parity is crucial to attract new customers.
I don't think there's any excuse for such a difference in pricing in this day and age. It really beggars the question as to the true worth of the service.
Well that's a mute point now though since it's the artists that own it.....well some of.I saw it very differently.
Very rich artists, charging consumers more a tiny librabary comparatively to Spotify.
What ground my gears more was the way they tried to present this as being good for consumers because it looked after their artists more.
BS, it's just about them grabbing even more money to fill their pockets.
This has nothing to do with improvements to the consumer or them caring about their fans.
IT's more a case of what you can our fans do for us.
Sorry I thought you meant when Tidal relaunched.Yeah, they own it, that was the point, hope it doesn't make the point moot, or I explained it very badly. It's the fact they own it that makes it so relevant.
A nice postI'm really sceptical of this whole "owned by artists for artists" approach to streaming services, especially where Jay-Z's concerned. He is ultimately a huge businessman now and is in it for the money and I suspect it's less about giving something back to artists and more about increasing his empire and making a tonne of cash.
I read somewhere else that the money that an actual artist makes from Tidal isn't hugely different from what they'd get on Spotify. While I agree it's good when an artist takes control of their music and how it's sold, I think Jay-Z is a massive control-freak and he's clearly seen an opportunity to get control of music from the publishers and instead take control himself but I doubt very much he's going to re-distribute the profits back to the artists in a fair deal. I don't think he's much different than the record companies and publishing houses he's supposedly rallying against.
I think a lot of artists will continue to get screwed by streaming services as the whole industry is going through a change and doesn't know how to react to the decline in physical sales and the problem of piracy. Until there is an amicable and structured remuneration agreement between the artists, record labels/publishers and streaming services, then this is going to continue to be an issue.
I think that last sentence kind of sums up my problem with Tidal at the moment and that is that really it is only the top tier artists who own and are probably getting the better deal out of the service at the moment. I doubt very much that some smaller artists, indie bands or new artists will get anywhere near the same exposure or cut as all the artists who have so far been associated with and have promoted the new service.So for now I'm willing to give Jay Z a shot at this as artists (well all but the top tier ones) have lost all control of their own music.