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Tidal adds a free tier and brings HiFi audio to its $10 plan

Tidal is adding a free, ad-supported tier as it seeks to expand its user base. The option, which is only available in the US for now, includes access to Tidal's entire library of 80 million songs as well as playlists. The service noted on Twitter that it's introducing the free tier to "remain competitive" with its rivals, eight months after Square bought a majority stake in the company. Tidal says the plan is rolling out on Android and "will be available on all devices in the coming days."

There are some trade-offs beyond occasional ads, of course. The audio quality tops out at 160 kbps, there's no offline listening option and it doesn't appear that you'll have unlimited skips. The later feature is mentioned explicitly as part of the revamped $ 10/month Tidal HiFi plan.

Tidal says users on that plan can now listen to music in HiFi quality — up to 1,411 kbps. There are no ads and you'll gain access to more than 350,000 videos. Users can listen to music in HiFi quality on connected devices through Tidal Connect, and they'll be able to track and share what they're listening to via a new activity feed.

In addition, there's a $ 20/month HiFi Plus plan. It includes everything from the HiFi tier, as well as master-quality audio at up to 9,216 kbps. The plan also offers immersive, spatial audio formats, such as Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio, and early access to upcoming features. Both HiFi plans are available in all countries in which Tidal operates.

What's more, the HiFi Plus tier has a couple of new features centered around artists. One of those is direct-to-artist payments, which Tidal is rolling out today. Every month, 10 percent of a HiFi Plus user's subscription fees (i.e. $ 2) will go to the artist they listen to the most. That's on top of regular streaming royalties. It's another way for users to support their favorite artists.

Starting in January, Tidal will roll out a revamped artist payment system called fan-centered royalties. Every time a HiFi Plus user listens to one of their songs, they'll receive a "significantly higher" per-stream payment than other music streaming services' payouts. Apple Music pays a penny per stream, while artists have long been asking Spotify for a similar rate.

Tidal says "royalties attributed to HiFi Plus subscribers will not be aggregated." Payments will be tied to each individual user's listening activity, but only on that tier. HiFi Plus users will be able to see how those payments are divvied up through their activity feed.

In addition to revamping the payment model, Tidal is aiming to ensure "quick and seamless" payouts to artists around the world. It's working with Square, Cash App and PayPal to facilitate those.

These are bold, but perhaps necessary moves by Tidal as it aims to become more competitive with larger music streaming services. Tidal was one of the first major proponents of lossless audio, but as rivals started offering that option at no extra cost, it more or less had to bring that option to the $ 10/month plan.

Apple Music added lossless and Dolby Atmos spatial audio features in June. Amazon Music Unlimited dropped the premium fee for HD and Ultra HD streaming in May. It too offers spatial audio as part of the regular plan.

Meanwhile, many of Tidal's rivals have long offered ad-supported free streaming options, including Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer and YouTube Music. At the opposite end of the scale, Spotify announced plans in February to roll out a CD-quality audio plan, also called HiFi, in select markets at some point this year. It has yet to do so.

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India’s plan to end spam texts was a colossal failure. But it’s worth revisiting

Early this year, India rolled out a groundbreaking new plan to fight spam calls and texts. Unfortunately, it failed miserably — but it still has potential.
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[Deal is still live] Secure your data with a 3-year plan to CyberGhost VPN at just $2.25/month and get an extra 3 months free

It’s somehow fitting that our first Cyber Monday deal is for CyberGhost VPN that you can grab a three-year plan at just $ 2.25/£1.99 monthly, with an extra 3 months bundled in on top. With more than 36 million customers worldwide, CyberGhost VPN promises to keep your data safe from prying eyes and unblock geo-restricted websites […]

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PSA: Netflix is raising prices for Standard and Premium Plan subscribers in the US

With the COVID-19 pandemic still on the go, 2020 has seen a huge bump in streaming subscriptions as people go out less (or not at all) but still require some sort of entertainment. Netflix has seen a steady rise in subscriptions, and you know how companies always raise prices when the product is selling well? […]

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Verizon’s $30 Unlimited Plus tablet plan offers 5G access

Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) has introduced a new plan for tablets, hotspots, smartwatches and laptops that’ll give you access to its 5G Ultra Wideband network, provided you have a device that supports it. The Unlimited Plus plan expands upon…
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We interviewed the new owners of Newton Mail; here’s their plan to tackle the email market

Newton Mail is alive, again. The email app (which is honestly pretty good!) has had a very bumpy life that involved a lot of shutting down, being revived, and getting shuttered over and over. Essential took it over at first, but then Essential went down, leaving the future of Newton up in the air. That’s […]

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AT&T and Cricket offer customers a $15 plan for a limited time

AT&T Prepaid and Cricket Wireless have launched a $ 15 phone plan that's available for a limited time to both new and existing customers. It comes with 2GB of data, unlimited talk and text and no activation fee — and it's clearly a direct competi…
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T-Mobile teases a $15 data plan ahead of its merger with Sprint

T-Mobile has been relatively quiet about any plan changes leading up to its proposed merger with Sprint, but now it looks like they might be using that potential acquisition to build up some goodwill with states and customers alike. They’ve announced a new plan that’s priced pretty cheaply, plus some other discounts for specific customers. […]

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SpaceX’s plan for in-orbit Starship refueling: a second Starship

During an update on the SpaceX Starship program, Elon Musk just showed off a brief clip that explained part of the plan for using these vehicles to reach Mars. It involved a Starship in orbit around Earth, meeting a similarly-sized vehicle to refuel…
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[TA Deals] Save big on a lifetime 3TB backup plan with Degoo Premium

We’re featuring Degoo Premium as our deal of the day on Talk Android Deals. Why are you saving everything on your computer or on your phone? Take advantage of what cloud storage does for you, but don’t pay a fortune to do so. Cloud storage is reliable and safe. And right now you can get […]

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Spotify cracks down on family plan sharing

Spotify's Premium for Family plan is a good deal: $ 15 a month snags you up to six ad-free accounts on the service, which would normally cost $ 10 each. It's not a surprise, then, that people have been sharing the accounts among friends to save a few b…
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Verizon’s lower-cost unlimited plan now works in Canada and Mexico

Verizon's latest unlimited plans may have some undesirable… limits, but at least you won't have to pay for the more expensive plan the next time you're on a North American vacation. As of January 25th, the $ 75 Go Unlimited plan will include calling…
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Cricket rolls out a new 4-line $100 unlimited data plan

Cricket is well known for their aggressive pricing and promotions to undercut other prepaid carriers, but their newest plan is really something to take a look at. It’s a fully unlimited plan, including talk, text, and data, and it works with four lines for just $ 100. $ 25 per line for totally unlimited usage isn’t bad […]

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T-Mobile’s One Unlimited 55+ plan proves the carrier loves more than just millennials

Look at T-Mobile’s brand. The vibe you get from its advertisements and social media behavior is exciting. Millennials love that, and they’ve been the largest of the groups flocking to T-Mobile quarter after quarter. It’s not exactly an image built to attract an older crowd, though. So now T-Mobile has a plan made specifically for those […]

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EA and FIFA plan their most ambitious eSports competition yet

FIFA's Interactive World Cup has been been growing in stature over the years, and its next eSports competition promises to be the most ambitious yet: the organization and EA have unveiled plans for the "largest ever" FIFA competition (using FIFA 18,…
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More data added to $40 plan on Cricket Wireless, now stands at 4GB

Cricket Wireless just upgraded its Basic tier for those who need a little more high-speed data. Rather than paying $ 40 per month for 3GB of high-speed data, the prepaid carrier’s Basic tier now comes with 4GB at no extra charge. It’s an increase of 33.3% in data for both new and existing customers choosing that […]

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Windows 10’s upgraded mapping helps you plan elaborate routes

You likely know that Microsoft packed a lot of improvements into the Windows 10 Creators Update, but there are still a few surprises left… particularly if you use Windows' built-in navigation app to get from A to B. Microsoft has detailed Creators'…
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Which Verizon plan is best for you? We check out the family, individual, and prepaid plans

Verizon offers lots of plans for individuals, your family, and folks who want prepaid service. Here is everything you need to know about Verizon’s plans, from data packages and smartphones to Big Red’s prepaid plans.

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Sprint’s new benefit lets subscribers pay for a loved one’s plan in Latin America

Sprint is rolling out a new benefit that will let postpaid subscribers pay for their loved ones’ plans in Latin America. It’s thanks to a partnership with Telefónica-owned Movistar Mexico and El Salvador.

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It’s finally back — Verizon re-offers its unlimited plan to eager customers

Guess peer pressure really works. Or at least, healthy competition among the leading phone service providers does. After enduring what seems like years of ridicule from T-Mobile and Sprint, Verizon is finally back in the unlimited game.

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Japan’s ‘fishing net’ plan to clear junk from space has hit a snag

This week, Japan is trying out some new technology in space designed to help clear up dangerous pieces of debris orbiting Earth. The trouble is, it’s not working properly.

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Deezer’s family streaming plan is now available across Europe

Like most streaming services, music or otherwise, Deezer has a family plan that offers enough individual accounts to cover your whole household for a significantly discounted price. This particular subscription option, however, was previously exclusi…
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T-Mobile’s Smart Fit plan picks the right amount of data for you

Picking a data plan is tricky, especially if you need lots of data for videos or photos. T-Mobile is trying to take some of the pain out of that with their brand new Smart Fit plans. The concept is pretty simple, and works almost like test driving a car. For $ 65 per month, you’ll get […]

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Meerkat halts livestreaming plan, will transition to social network

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Meerkat CEO Ben Rubin has decided to transform the Meerkat experience, after livestreaming tools from Twitter-owned Periscope and Facebook pushed users away.

Rubin sent around an email to investors around a fortnight ago, Re/code reports, with the message openly admitting to Meerkat’s struggles. It turns out that whilst Meerkat’s livestreaming functionality was a hit, competitors offering a similar service elsewhere were having a huge impact on interest.

Meerkat’s boss wrote:

“Mobile broadcast video hasn’t quite exploded as quickly as we’d hoped. The distribution advantages of Twitter/Periscope and Facebook Live drew more early users to them away from us and we were not able to grow as quickly alongside as we had planned.”

Speaking to Re/code about the next step for Meerkat, Ben Rubin has revealed that his app is waving goodbye to its old self, now focused on delivering a social network where “everybody is always live.”

Whilst the Meerkat app still functions as it always has, the team behind the app are now putting their attention and time into other projects.

Understandably, Rubin remains tight-lipped when it comes to discussing the future of Meerkat and the planned changes, however it’s thought that the new experience will be more Skype-esque in nature.

Re/code notes that it’s likely Meerkat will turn its attention from live-streaming content to strangers around the world to private conversations with friends in smaller, group video chats.

Just how long it’ll take Meerkat to make the transition remains to be seen, but we’re very interested to see where Meerkat goes.

Source: Re/code
Via: Mashable

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Sprint moves away from subsidized pricing, announces new iPhone leasing plan

Sprint has announced it’s moving away from carrier subsidies. As part of the new strategy, it unveiled iPhone Forever, a new smartphone leasing option for new and existing customers.

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Drone control: Verizon’s cell phone towers could be used in NASA plan to monitor drones

Verizon has reportedly signed a deal with NASA to allow the use of its cell phone towers in a proposed air traffic control system for quadcopters and other remotely controlled flying machines.

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