Tidal, the music streaming service known for its Tidal HiFi subscription option that gives us access to lossless or lossless music, just announced that now you have high-fidelity sound on iPhones.
Its Master quality, which we can see with a box with an M inside, is now available as an option -as long as the song has that quality- on the iPhone.
Tidal has managed to bring this quality of music to the iPhone thanks to an agreement with MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) which adds support for this format in the Tidal iPhone app. Thus, now Tidal HiFi is available for both your desktop applications, as well as for Android and iOS.
MQA process compresses master quality files so they can be streamed and then the iPhone app decodes it for playback. MQA is posed as an interesting new codec that tries to bring a higher quality to mobile devices And Tidal may not be the only one to use it. Even so, for now, Apple Music continues to use its 256 kbps AAC and in Spotify we reach 320 kbps in its premium quality.
Prior to this agreement, we could only reach HiFi quality on our mobile devices, a quality that is available in almost the entire Tidal catalog, unlike the Master quality. Remember that Tidal has 4 qualities, Normal (included in the Tidal Premium subscription for € 9,99 / month) and the High, HiFi and Master qualities (available with the Tidal HiFi subscription for € 19,99 / month). It also has family and student plans.
Personally, I have already tried -and enjoyed- the Master quality on several occasions on my Macs and the limitations are in the devices we use such as headphones, amplifiers, etc. It is true that once you go to the HiFi plan you will always have good sound quality with Tidal.