Tidal is a solid alternative to Spotify if you really want a streaming service to explore lossless songs more accessibly than buying albums all the time then Tidal HiFi is worth it.
Questions you should ask yourself before subscribing.
1. What quality of speakers/headphones do I listen on?
- If the answer is stock phone earphones, cheap computer speakers...Tidal HiFi will not make your music magically better.
2. Can I consistently hear the difference between YouTube compression and full quality music files?
- If you cannot distinguish that difference, you will NOT hear any difference between Spotify Premium Extreme quality and Tidal.
3. Are you willing to try something new?
- Are you invested into the playlists you have curated in your Spotify/iTunes account? Are you willing to remake them again? Do you listen to very niche artists? Going to Tidal is going to be a risk/reward investment. There's no guarantee you will find all your music there, but the ones that are their library are guaranteed to be full quality files.
4. Do you have $10 extra to invest into Tidal HiFi?
- Assuming you have good headphones/speakers and can hear the sound quality improvemtn, can you afford or be willing to pay a premium for the very small extra luxury?
5. How often do you explore your music selection?
- If you have only a few artists which you listen to religiously, you're better off absorbing the cost to buy the full quality digital or vinyl albums of those artists/tracks, HOWEVER, if you're one to explore music all the time, Tidal is absolutely worth it for the price you pay.
Summary: Tidal is going to be ever so slightly more sparse in the music selection than Spotify's huge library...but remember, how many different artists do you actually listen to and care about and how popular are they? If they are relatively known, chances are you will find them here. Also quality > quantity, I love knowing that EVERY song that exists in Tidal is guaranteed to be full quality using the HiFi account and settings and I'm ok with missing a small handful of tracks here and there in return for a full library of CD quality music. The service is expensive and is likely not going to be worth it for 90% of consumers, but it was never intended to be for 90% consumers (that's what their $9.99 service is for) so accept it for what it's worth to you.
I would say take the trial and accept that there may be a $20 charge (if the support is actually as bad as others say) and cancel after that if you really don't like it. Even at $20 it's worth trying if you think you'll hear the difference.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend