After initially launching as a mobile app, the Jay Z-helmed streaming platform Tidal is coming to a desktop near you. The company sent out a press release today with the details about the desktop app, which is available for download here. Additionally, the company announced that “ticketing functionality through Ticketmaster,” an updated user interface, and a student pricing level will all be available in the coming weeks.
Briefly, the section on the Ticketmaster partnership offers some exclusivity to users via tour date access and exclusive giveaways, discounts, and pre-sales — all this purportedly with the goal of bringing the fan closer to the artist. Here’s what the promised interface updates cover: “improved search functionality, updated menu and icons, including a prominent ‘offline mode’ button, as well as new personalization options.” If I had enrolled in the service, I would certainly take advantage of those new options by adding GIFs from the “Feeling Myself” video as flair to my Tidal profile.
As for student pricing, that is a good idea and every company everywhere should provide this. Anyone who submits their name, university and birthday to Tidal will be verified and then be eligible for 50 percent off Tidal’s normal subscription tiers: $4.99 for the premium tier and $9.99 for the Hi-Fi tier. This feature is not available yet but will be soon.
Also, Lil Wayne’s new song “Glory” is up exclusively on Tidal today along with news that Wayne will perform a Tidal X concert; check back for our post when the song is available to the general public.