31 comments

  • Samuel HulickSamuel Hulick, 3 years ago

    Hi all! I'm the person who makes these teardowns. If you have any questions or comments, I will be checking here for a while. Shoot!

    17 points
  • Ix TechauIx Techau, 3 years ago

    "Why tell instead of show, wouldn't it make sense for people to hear the difference"

    The problem there is that not a single person on earth can hear the difference between a lossless audio file and a well-encoded 320kbps mp3, as proven by numerous blind tests (and by the fact that the human ear can't hear the frequencies being cut out of the spectrum to allow for compression).

    In other words, Tidal would have to make a pretty crappy compression to compare against in order for everyone to be convinced lossless would benefit them...and by that stage it's essentially false advertising as neither Apple nor Spotify make crappy compressions.

    The only reason you would hear a difference between the same track on Tidal vs Spotify vs iTunes would be if one of these platforms are adding a subtle EQ adjustment, which they obviously shouldn't.

    8 points
    • Samuel HulickSamuel Hulick, 3 years ago

      Well said!

      It honestly hadn't occurred to me that their value prop wouldn't have actually been valuable. This is v interesting!

      2 points
    • Louis BLouis B, 3 years ago

      Agreed.

      But his point is still very valid. It was also meant in a broader way I felt, too.

      Every slide is just copy with meaningless words to average user. If you're going to use jargon, at least have a visual cue as to what you mean.

      Maybe rather than examples, a neat illustration to show how much more sound you'd get or something? Like a waveform graphic... ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      1 point
  • Michael LeeMichael Lee, 3 years ago

    These are awesome, thank you!

    1 point
  • Juan J. RamirezJuan J. Ramirez, 3 years ago

    Expected a Crappy UX... Wasn't disappointed.

    1 point
  • David BachmannDavid Bachmann, 3 years ago

    Good teardown, Samuel. I don't agree with the 'hear the difference' part like another user was pointing out but the rest was on-point. Keep them coming!

    1 point
  • Powers Gray, 3 years ago

    I especially enjoy the widowed "tracks" on slide 5. Really nice attention to detail.

    1 point
  • Samuel HulickSamuel Hulick, 3 years ago

    @Joe-C Thank you for sharing! I'm touched

    0 points