Tidal’s Masters quality setting is now available on iOS devices

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  • Tuesday, 12 Mar 2019

Music streaming service Tidal now offers their Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) audio option, called Masters, on Apple devices running on iOS 11 or later. Masters was previously only available on desktop and Android devices. 

MQA is a technology that allows for reduced filesize while maintaining audio quality, making it suitable for use in high-quality music streaming. 

Tidal Masters is available to all Tidal HiFi members, giving access to Tidal's library of Masters albums at no additional charge. Premium users will have to upgrade to HiFi in order to have access to Masters audio. 

Tidal claims that Masters offers higher quality audio than Tidal HiFi, saying the Masters version is "exactly as the artiste intended it to sound". 

The Masters audio normally has a resolution of 96kHz/24 bit, which is higher than HiFi that has a resolution of 44.1kHz/16 bit. 

According to Tidal, users who connect their device to an external sound card that supports MQA will achieve optimal audio quality. 

While Tidal is tacking on an additional quality option for its users, competitor Spotify on the other hand is now allowing for users in the Spotify Alpha and Beta programmes to disable the Canvas feature in the app. 

The feature when enabled would have short looping videos play when songs from certain artistes are playing. 

Tidal HiFi is available for RM29.80 a month and Tidal Premium for RM14.90 a month. 

For more details on Tidal Masters, check out the Tidal Masters webpage.

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