Tidal offers free 12-day trial starting Dec. 25



Tidal wants to let you listen to some music during your holiday break.

The subscription music streaming service, run by music mogul Jay Z, is offering a 12-day free trial starting Dec. 25.

Between then and Jan. 5, 2018, prospective members can sign up on TIDAL.com and get free access to Premium and Hi-Fi streaming music (no credit card required, just your email address).

Jay Z launched Tidal more than two years ago, giving stakes in the business to a slew of musicians including Rihanna and Jack White, and offering CD-quality, high-resolution streaming for a higher monthly fee ($19.99, compared to $9.99 for standard premium service similar to that of Spotify).

Earlier this year, Sprint acquired a 33% stake in the company, but the music service Tidal continues to struggle against bigger players such as Spotify. A recent report in the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv suggests that the company has dwindling resources.

Tidal’s response: “We have experienced negative stories about Tidal since its inception and we have done nothing but grow the business each year.”

The service’s fortunes remain to be played out, but in the meantime you can check out Tidal and its 52-million song catalog in higher quality streaming than its competitors.

Among the timely features to check out in during the free trial period: its Essentials 2017 playlists of the best in hip-hop, pop, rock and other genres; New Year’s Eve playlists from Franz Ferdinand, Eugene Hutz, Alex Sensation and others; and on New Year’s Day, the SongExploder podcast’s interview with QuestLove.

Follow USA TODAY reporter Mike Snider on Twitter: @MikeSnider.

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