Tidal’s high-fidelity ‘Masters” audio mode lands on iOS app

Tidal may be a distant competitor to Apple Music and Spotify but much like Neil Young’s PonoMusic, Tidal is keeping its high-fidelity music service going far past its expected expiration date.

Tidal’s most premium-est audio vision, Tidal Masters, gives your tunes a studio-quality kick (typically 96 kHz / 24 bit), a substantial bump beyond what its HiFi streaming delivers. The “Master Quality” audio first came to the ill-fated Essential Phone, then Tidal rolled out the feature to Android phones this past January, but it’s now available on iOS devices as of today.

Tidal pitches the extra high-end mode for song quality for as “exactly as the artist intended it to sound.”

It’s not going to change how you listen to your entire library, in January the company detailed that about 165,000 of the tracks had support for the high-end bitrate. Tidal says that You also have to be a subscriber of Tidal HiFi, which set you back $19.99 per month.

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