Hi-res music tech firm MQA has been a partner for streaming service Tidal for a long time now. Yesterday saw the latest expansion of the pair’s relationship: MQA’s master-quality tracks are now available to listen to within Tidal’s iOS app. This follows their addition to Tidal’s Android app earlier this year.
Tidal hasn’t announced a new figure for its active subscribers for a while now, let alone how many of those people are using its highest-resolution tier, so the impact of today’s news is debatable. That said, getting its tech into the mobile app of a streaming service has been a significant proving-point for MQA, in terms of showing how studio-quality music can be delivered to phones without shredding people’s data limits. Bigger streaming services may be watching closely to gauge the appeal of this kind of technology for their own platforms.