Warm on the heels of recent reviews of the Apple Watch app yes Spotify and Deezer, Tidal announced today that it is finally bringing its app to the most popular smartwatch. And yes, you can download playlists offline for indefinite playback.
Tidal has instructions on how to get started on their website, but the process is simple. All you have to do is subscribe to Tidal, download the Apple Watch app, and then link your accounts via your web browser. A Tidal subscription starts at $ 10 per month, and Tidal Masters, and so Hi-losslessFi streaming level, it is $ 20. You also need at least an Apple Watch Series 3 running watchOS 7.2 or later. Tidal was available above Samsung smartwatches, but otherwise had no presence on other laptops.
While Tidal’s calling card is Hi-Fi audio streaming, is unlikely to transfer to the Apple Watch app. For beginners, Health-Fi streaming is fairly limited on Bluetooth and wireless earbuds — which is how you can stream Tidal content on your Apple Watch. Gizmodo has asked Tidal to confirm if HiFi streaming on the Apple Watch will be possible, but has not received an immediate response. Another indicator is that when Apple announced its own next streaming audio without loss, it comes with the warning that its AirPods Max and AirPods Pro will not be able to support the format.
Even so, this is a move that makes a lot of sense. Both Apple is Spotify will add Hi-Fi is streaming in their respective services this year, meaning Tidal will have to differentiate itself if it wants to prevent subscribers from skipping the ship. Adding an Apple Watch app isn’t that unique, but its omission would be blatant considering that Spotify and Deezer have just added offline playlist capability. This way, Tidal is at least on par with its competitors.
It’s unclear if Tidal plans to release an app for the upcoming Google and Samsung Wear-Tizen unified platform again. announced last week. Gizmodo asked Tidal to comment but did not receive a response before posting. That said, Tidal might have an easier step of the process, since it already has a Tizen-based app that supports offline playback. What might be clutch for Tidal, as of now, are slim pickings when it comes to wearable music streaming apps for Android. Spotify’s current Wear OS app is a glorified remnant, and Google closed the Play Play app months ago. And while there’s an Apple Watch version of it YouTube Music App, Which won’t be out for the new Wear platform until the end of this year. Being the first music streaming app to support the new Wear platform could give Tidal a much-needed advantage, but only time will tell.