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    by Published on 03-30-2015 11:39 AM
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    Nothing compares to celebrity when it comes to getting the word out and garnering support for a product. Since Jay Z's company recently agreed to purchase TIDAL, the service has gone from being well known in HiFi circles to being pushed by artists like Kanye West, Madonna, Coldplay, Rhianna, Beyonce, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk and more. It's really cool to see a product that many of us love for streaming lossless audio quality, be sprung into the mainstream. In a way it feels like our "HiFi baby" is leaving the nest. Tonight at 5PM Eastern Jay Z will stream a live press conference about the re-launch of TIDAL. It's expected TIDAL will announce some exclusives from artists like Kanye West and a second tier of service. TIDAL HIFI will remain lossless at $20 per month if purchased through the TIDAL website or $26 per month if purchased through the TIDAL iOS app (increased price because Apple takes a 30% cut of the sales price). The second tier of service is called TIDAL PREMIUM. This tier will stream 320 kbps MP3 quality and retail for $10 direct or $13 through the iOS App Store. I confirmed both the streaming quality and pricing with TIDAL headquarters in Oslo, Norway this morning.

    Click over to Twitter to follow the #TIDALforALL action all day and look below to watch the live press conference tonight at 5PM Eastern. ...
    by Published on 03-27-2015 03:52 PM
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    Yesterday Amazon launched its unlimited Cloud Drive and today Coppertino, the company who created the Vox music application for OS X, announced it will soon be releasing what it calls the Loop Music Locker. The Loop Music Locker is pretty cool in that it's built right into the Vox player, will upload nearly any type of lossless audio format including FLAC, APE, ALAC, AIFF, WAV, for a total of 43 formats, store unlimited amounts of data in the cloud, and enable users to stream this content in full lossless quality. In a way this is like a mix of Amazon Cloud Drive and TIDAL HIFI with the exception that it only contains the music one owns (no subscription music). Streaming from the cloud to the Vox Mac app and Vox iOS app are supported as is offline caching, just like TIDAL. Loop Music Locker will cost $49.99 per year or $4.99 per month.

    Readers looking for a peak at the beta version of the Loop Music Locker can sign up HERE. ...
    by Published on 03-26-2015 10:31 AM
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    Unlimited cloud storage for $59.99 per year is here! Thanks to CA reader joelha for bringing this to our attention! Here is the deal: Amazon Cloud Drive has recently enabled what it calls "Unlimited Everything." This allows people to store nearly any type of file on Amazon's cloud for less than $5 per month. The service also has tiers for unlimited photo storage and limited video storage, but for computer audiophiles this unlimited tier is fantastic. I just signed up for the three month free trial and am testing the upload right now. My recent switch to a Windows based NAS enables me to install Amazon's Cloud Drive uploading application right on the NAS. I simply selected the folders storing all my music and everything is uploading as I type. I have no plans to play the music directly from Amazon's cloud, but as a backup this is terrific. Currently Amazon supports access to the files from a number of mobile platforms as well as Windows and OS X desktops. ...
    by Published on 03-04-2015 09:40 AM
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    There's nothing like finding a new gem to listen to through your HiFi, headphones, or even car audio system. Well, here are 100 gems! The Computer Audiophile 100 is a playlist of music that I use for evaluating components at home and at audio shows. I selected TIDAL HIFI for this playlist because the service is lossless and the TIDAL HIFI library contains 99% of the music I wanted to put on the list. Subscribers of TIDAL HIFI can listen to the playlist in its entirety, add it to their favorites, and even download the tracks to a mobile device for offline listening. Those of you who aren't subscribers can sample each track and at least view the playlist to find out which tracks made the CA 100. This isn't an advertisement for TIDAL HIFI. The service made it so easy for me to compile and disseminate my playlist, that there was no way I was going to create a spreadsheet with manually entered links etc… This playlist is all about the music. I hope you enjoy and think about creating your own list to share with the members of the Computer Audiophile Community :~) ...
    by Published on 10-30-2014 09:17 PM
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    Today many music lovers' dreams come true with the launch of TIDAL HIFI in the US and UK (other countries to follow). Finally we have 100% lossless streaming of around 25 Million tracks to our HiFi systems, our desktops, and our mobile devices. Right now I encourage everyone to give TIDAL HIFI a try. A much more in-depth article and review is forthcoming. Read more to check out the videos. ...
    by Published on 10-20-2014 02:52 PM
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    I've been on the road, more often than not, since September 15, stopping in Oslo, Paris, London, Denver, and now Salina, Kansas. I'm not going to ask readers what these four cities have in common because it's absolutely nothing. Life doesn't get much different in the western world than the difference between London and Salina. However, when it comes to playing the Blues, none of the aforementioned cities can touch little Salina on this special weekend. This year marks the 17th annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads held at Blue Heaven Studios in Salina. The studio is an old church purchased many years ago by Acoustic Sounds. Touring BHS in this 100+ year old church was, by itself, worth the trip to Salina. Watching two evenings worth of great Blues music was over the top terrific. ...
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