Disclaimer: If you only listen to music using the free earbuds that come with your phone save your self some time and stop reading now.
Jay-Z is arguably the most popular rapper of all-time (we can go at it in the comments section if you disagree -- but this is my blog -- and right here, right now: Jay is the dopest). Earlier this week he and other artist such as Madonna, Kanye West, and Beyonce announced Tidal Music Streaming Service. In my head I thought, "man, not another Pandora". I questioned why try to compete with the Apple | Beats | iTunes Trifecta. I was so judgmental of a product that I haven't even tried. Then I thought to myself. Each of the artist aforementioned are icons. Their involvement might just be PR based, but I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the impact that each artist has had on music and "Pop Culture." With that being said I decided to give it a try. Besides, I haven't worn a jersey to a non sporting event since I turned 30. What more can I say.. I have been a fan since the second album. If you don't know what I'm talking about in the previous two sentences -- shame on you man -- shame on you...
With that being said, I downloaded the app and subscribed. It was the easiest sign up and subscription process that I have ever experienced. I truly don't remember using my credit card (still trying to figure out if that's a good or bad thing). Apple Touch ID and sign in with Twitter made the process seamless. So after completing the sign-in process I decided to listen to Big Sean and Drake's track "Blessing" followed by the Carter III and Usher Confessions.
Initially, I was a little underwhelmed. I could not tell the difference between Tidal and my paid subscription with Pandora or Spotify. Then my beautiful wife reminded me that I was using the free Apple earbuds. Rookie Move. So I run up stairs to get the Big Dogs. I plugged in my AKG K550 HI - Fidelity headphones. Wow, I could immediately tell the difference. I'm not an Audiophile, however anyone could hear and feel the difference. Monologues where crisp. Trumpets, strings, bass, even the gunshots sound like I want them to (the Hip Hop heads out there know what I'm talking about -- sometimes you want to feel like you're in the streets -- especially while sitting on your Pottery Barn couch with the fireplace going). It felt like the artist was in the room with me.
If I excluded price and monthly subscriptions ($25 a month) and let my ears be the judge Tidal is the champ by TKO.
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