In addition to Tidal, I subscribe to classicsonline.
I primarily listed to classical and jazz.
Tidal is missing the following key labels: ECM, Hyperion, Chandos
(from 2010 to the present), Cam Jazz, Highnote Jazz and Steeplechase.
Tidal’s search function is a nightmare, as is well-documented.
I doubt that Jay-Z will be the owner in two years – Samsung has been rumored to be a suitor.
The biggest problem with classicsonline is that you are forced to use
their app, powered by Orastream. When I compare albums on
classicsonline with the same albums I have flac files on, the sound from
my files is much better (I use Roon with HQ player). You can’t use HQ
player with classicsonline.
The biggest positive is that they have a good number of high
resolution files. The bad news is that some of the key labels have
pulled their files. For example, they used to have almost all of the
Chandos catalog, many in hi resolution.
Now they have virtually no Hi Resolution Chandos albums, and, like Tidal, they have nothing recent.
I tried Qobuz, but didn’t think their classical and jazz selection
was significantly better than Tidal. Tidal has almost all of the same
titles, but it is often difficult to find them. Qobuz search engine is
much better than Tidal.
I tried Spotify, but couldn’t get past the lower sound quality. They
have more labels than Tidal (i.e., Cam Jazz, Sunnyside, Steeplechase)
and their search engine is much better, but the sound quality is a deal
breaker for me.