What is Tidal HiFi? Music streamer announces plan changes

Amber Peake November 17, 2021
What is Tidal HiFi? Music streamer announces plan changes


Music streaming platform Tidal has announced some changes to its subscriptions including the addition of a free version to its service.

As the music streamer transitions to include new features, some have wondered what Tidal HiFi is. We explore the new subscription plan and how it fits into the new Tidal model.

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What is Tidal HiFi?

Tidal announced across social media today, Wednesday, 17 November, it would be splitting its paid subscriptions into two plans.

While detailing how the music streaming platform is being remodelled Tidal stated on Instagram: “We’re just getting started, and we’ll continue to share updates as we build new products and features for artists and fans.”

As part of the changes, Tidal HiFi was announced as the music platform’s new mid-tier subscription plan following the addition of the free version (only currently available in the US) and HiFi Plus.

Essentially, HiFi grants its users improved quality of music in comparison to the free version as well as no interruptions through ads during streaming. The service also offers offline listening and has data streaming reports such as My Activity to track your music preferences.

HiFi Plus customers will have the same access as those paying for HiFi, however, the exclusive tier also allows customers to enjoy new immersive audio formats and new benefits such as direct-to-artist payments and fan-centred royalties.

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How much are the new paid plans?

As mentioned, Tidal now has three tiers of how customers can use the music streaming platform, the free version as well as two other paid services.

The mid-tier subscription plan, also known as HiFi, costs $9.99 per month, which is similar to that of other streaming platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify.

Those looking to have access to Tidal’s most premium audio content can subscribe to HiFi Plus which is $19.99 per month.

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Fans celebrate their Tidal HiFi upgrade

Following Tidal’s platform shake-up, some fans who are subscribed to the service have taken to social media as they share their excitement about the new sound quality featured in the HiFi plan:

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.