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Tidal's redesigned app puts more emphasis on music discovery

They’ve taken some inspiration from Apple Music and Spotify.
Swapna Krishna, @skrishna
July 20, 2017
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Tidal's been in the news recently, as Jay-Z debuted his new album 4:44 as a Tidal-Sprint exclusive (which wasn't without some controversy, as last-minute subscribers to the streaming music service weren't allowed access to the album). Then, just a week later, the album was released to other streaming services (well, except Spotify). But now, Tidal has some non-Jay-Z related news: An updated version of Tidal's app is out today, and it's got a completely new layout. In fact, it looks a lot like Apple Music and Spotify.

Overall, there's more emphasis on music discovery and recommendations. Now, when you pull up the Explore tab, you'll find a new Genre + Moods section, along with suggested new artists and album at the bottom. The homepage also displays different genres and new editorial picks; it's updated every day.

The navigation has also changed; it's moved to the bottom, like other streaming services. The Now Playing screen has become easier to navigate as well. You can swipe right to see the queue of songs you have up next, swipe left to see new song suggestions or tap the album cover to see the album's credits.

We always appreciate an emphasis on usability, so these new updates from Tidal are welcome. You can download version 2.0 of the app in the App Store and Google Play Store starting today.

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