TIDAL launches free membership tier

TIDAL has officially unveiled a free membership tier along with new revenue methods for its artists.

The Square-owned streaming service has announced that US subscribers can access their entire music catalog with over 80 million songs, videos and curated playlists with limited interruptions through TIDAL Free. Meanwhile, subscribers in TIDAL’s 61 international markets can use TIDAL HiFi, an uninterrupted level with HiFi sound quality, offline capabilities, and features like TIDAL Connect and My Activity, for $9.99 per month and TIDAL HiFi Plus, which includes everything TIDAL HiFI offers. in addition to fan-centric royalties and direct-to-artist payments, Dolby Atmos Music and Sony 360 Audio Recordings, Master Quality Authenticated, and early access to exclusive features.

Meanwhile, artists who stream their music on TIDAL will benefit from its new transparency and revenue features – direct payments to artists and fan-centric royalties. Direct-to-artist payments promise to “give artists access to an additional payment stream” directly from their biggest fans on TIDAL, as well as a percentage of HiFi Plus subscriber membership fees, while royalties centered on Fans, which take effect in 2022, “will be paid based on the actual streaming activity of individual HiFi Plus subscribers as opposed to the industry-accepted method of stream aggregation, allowing fans to play a role more important in the success of their favorite artists”.

Elsewhere in music, a $750 million lawsuit has been filed against Travis Scott, Drake, Live Nation and Apple Music over the Astroworld tragedy.

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