Tidal, in partnership with MQA, has announced that Master quality tracks are now available via iPhone devices. The update follows the recent Android news announced at CES in January.
With TIDAL Masters playback now accessible on iPhones and Android smartphones, as well as desktop and connected devices, subscribers can experience studio quality sound. Using a process called ‘music origami', MQA's technology folds master files into smaller files that can be streamed on the go. The MQA decoder in the app recovers all the direct music-related information, and also authenticates the source of the original master recording.
"From our ongoing work with engineers and artists, we know the importance creators place on delivering the original sound they created all the way to the music fan," says Mike Jbara, CEO of MQA. "Through our global partnership with Tidal, this becomes a reality wherever you're enjoying your music."
"Bringing music to life, just as the artist intended, is a core value of the Tidal platform," adds Lior Tibon, COO of Tidal, "and we couldn't be more excited to finally bring master quality music to both major mobile operating systems."
MQA has partnerships with all three major record labels, as well as with Merlin, representing the independent label community. The Tidal Masters catalogue continues to grow rapidly, says the company, covering new releases and catalogue recordings.
The Tidal music streaming service is available in 53 countries, and has more than 60 million songs and 250,000 high quality videos in its catalog, along with original video series, podcasts, thousands of expertly curated playlists and artist discovery via Tidal Rising. Tidal is available in premium and HiFi tiers, which includes Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) recordings.