SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: Spotify v Tidal. BUT who ripped who off?

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Spot the difference: Top, Spotify’s User Interface and below, Tidal’s UI

Seems like the gloves are well and truly off in the digital music streaming wars. On Twitter a row is brewing as developer and founder of SimpleAsMilk James Seymour-Lock has accused Tidal of double standards, ripping off Spotify’s user interface for its own digital streaming service at the same time as complaining about artists being ripped off by streaming services like Spotify.

Got to say he may have a point, but who ripped who off is more difficult to say as both have been around a little while now. However, there’s certainly no denying there’s very little difference between these two browse interfaces at all – as the pictures above testify.

Earlier this week Tidal, which is now owned by rap artist Jay-Z, announced a relaunch of the service which will include the basic platform for $9.99 (or £9.99 in the UK) and a higher definition audio platform for $19.99 (£19.99). See here for more information.

It’s fair to say that the Tidal re-launch has come in for some press criticism, including this withering and very funny piece on Gawker.

Chris Price