At a brief and bizarre press event on Monday, Jay-Z and a group of music stars joined together to relaunch Tidal, a high-fidelity music streaming service purchased by the Hip Hop mogul earlier this year.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about the new version of Tidal, though it existed previously as a subscription-only service for lossless audio priced at $19.99 per month. Earlier today, the company announced a new $9.99 which will offer regular quality music along with high-quality music videos and curated editorial content. The group also announced a new partnership with Sprint as part of its mobile expansion in the U.S.
Tidal’s best shot at overtaking its already-entrenched competition (Spotify, Rdio, Pandora and whatever Apple has planned) may be to offer exclusive new albums. With a ton of artists including Jay Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Madonna, Jack White, Daft Punk and more already pledging support that’s certainly possible. Whether that’s enough to convince people to switch over remains unclear.
Still, we’re excited to try Tidal out for ourselves, especially if it means early access to some of the most anticipated new albums of the year. For now you can hit the source link to check out the relaunched music streaming service for yourself and sign-up for a month-long trial.