I’ve found tidal great in that I can find anything that’s on beatport and the sound quality is amazing. That’s really where it ends. For all the reasons highlighted already, I find it a bit frustrating. Im having to organise rough playlists on my phone and keep it beside me in the mix, but its very messy.
As for beatport link, I was all geared up to try that until I learned that the pro subscription (at 29 dollars!) only streams at 256. With that, as with tidal, there’s no way of organising playlists within folders or crates. And to top it off, you cant just click to add a track to a playlist when browsing. The track has to then be searched for from inside your library. Expensive for such a clunky service. Tidal you can excuse, but as dance music specialists, Beatport will really have to up their game or considerably drop the price before I subscribe.
Don’t get me wrong, its great to have access to all this music and the streaming itself never fails. I get its no doubt very complex trying to forge and then improve streaming service partnerships. That said, Ive been on Tidal 6 months now and nothings changed/improved which maybe doesn’t bode well for the future. Maybe Tidal dj as separate service might be the way to go