Tidal announces another global expansion

Tidal canvasHi-fi streaming service Tidal announced plans to push into 22 new markets during the first quarter of 2015. Austria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, South Africa, and Turkey are expected to have access to the service by the end of March. The expansion, coming hot on the heels of another European push that already happened in January, will bring Tidal’s total audience to 30 nations.

Tidal recently made headlines after famed rapped Jay-Z’s business interest made a bid for parent company Aspiro, which also operates companion service WiMP in the Scandinavian market. The acquisition has not formally concluded, but Aspiro did encourage its shareholders to accept the takeover offer made by Jay-Z’s S. Carter Enterprises. Both services offer hi-fi streaming music for a premium price. WiMP is not available in the U.S., but we reviewed Tidal in October following its launch on our shores.

Anna Washenko