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Tidal takes MQA-powered ‘Masters’ hi-res music to Android


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It’s two years since streaming service Tidal unveiled its ‘Masters’ feature, offering studio-quality hi-res music for subscribers to its top-end ‘HiFi’ tier. That was a partnership with hi-res music firm MQA, but it was only available from Tidal’s desktop client, rather than its mobile app. Until now, that is.

At the CES show in Las Vegas yesterday, MQA and Tidal announced that Masters is now available in Tidal’s Android app. It makes Tidal one of the first global streaming services to offer hi-res music through its mobile app, although the company hasn’t said why the feature is Android-only at launch.

This isn’t the only hi-res-on-the-go announcement for MQA this week either. At CES, it’s showing off how its technology can work in cars too, via a demonstration with BlackBerry – and before you scoff, that company’s heyday in smartphones may be long gone, but its QNX division still plays a big role in the world of in-car tech, for a variety of carmakers. The demo came as MQA revealed that its tech is now embedded in more than 4m ‘portable and home devices’ through its partnerships with hardware makers.

Stuart Dredge

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