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Here is the way I view the pros and cons of Spotify vs Tidal.  I would welcome input from others to help to revise this list.

Spotify Advantages

Tidal HiFi Advantages

·         Cheaper (not true vs non-Hifi tidal)

·         Better UI, particularly for searching

·         More portable to car, etc

·         Much more widely used, so able to share links, playlists

·         Has podcasts

·         UI is more solid (no duplicates like in Tidal C4 UI)

·         Higher quality

·         UI integrated into Control4 – one app solution, works in TS, easier to play to multiple zones

·         Better integration of playlists/albums/etc

 

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The above looks about right.  I looked at the various options (including Tidal, Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music which I had a hack work around for in C4) and ultimately went the Tidal route because of the deep UI integration.  I have not regretted the choice although my kids still use Apple Music and ShairBridge.

Another con for Tidal is that I find from time to time that they will show an album from artist X under artist Y.  Probably an issue on all services... but I did notice this when moving from Apple to Tidal.

Then, I am not sure whether one can program against playlists, artists and albums on Spotify Connect? If not, that would be a big (relative) pro for Tidal.

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You can program against Playlists or other "Favorites" in Spotify but it is not as straightforward.  That is a big benefit for Tidal if you use that a lot. I have a keybad button set to play Daily Mix 1 from Spotify.

But I am finding that search results in Tidal are a hot mess, especially when searching on a phone as information gets truncated when  the artist name or the album name is too long.  You get multiple matches for a name and you can't tell the difference which is which. And I keep getting duplicates for albums.

Here is an example of a search on both my iPhone and iPad:

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The pictures above are blank... but I did see your post in another thread and replicated your duplicates in respect of Robert Randolph. I have seen duplicates from time to time, but not often enough to bug me.  I must admit that I rarely search via C4 as I usually simply play playlists from C4 and create the playlists on the native app.

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Spotify is supposed to have a HiFi option later this year, so that could make Spotify equivalent to Tidal on the quality front.
 

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Spotify HiFi will be available later this year and “will deliver music in CD-quality, lossless audio format to your device and Spotify Connect-enabled speakers, which means fans will be able to experience more depth and clarity while enjoying their favorite tracks.”

https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/22/22295273/spotify-hifi-announced-lossless-streaming-hd-quality?

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