In the ongoing battle for music streaming supremacy, Aspiro Group - the team behind music services like WiMP - has introduced a brand new higher-quality alternative with Tidal.

In what will likely be a direct competition against Spotify, the out-and-out king of music streaming services (as of today), Tidal will offer users significantly higher song quality, as well as music videos. The company, which has already launched in the U.S. and Europe, offers "25 million songs" using the ALAC and FLAC lossless format at 1,411 kbps, 44.1kHz/16-bit. Those numbers translate to roughly four times higher song quality than Spotify provides.

Considering the uptick in quality, Tidal will cost slightly more than the standard Spotify and Rdio rates ($9.99 USD). Monthly services will cost $19.99 a month. However, users can try Tidal freely for a week, although it does require a credit or debit card to get started (charges will be implemented at the end of the week long trial, unless cancelled before).

Tidal is already available to use on Chrome, iOS, and Android formats. It isn't the first high-quality streaming service available, however. According to The Next Web, Tidal's launch comes shortly after Sonos brought out Deezer to U.S. markets. That being said, it is only currently available in beta for Sonos users.

For the increase in quality, Tidal seems like a worthy investment - especially for more devout music listeners, even if the price seems somewhat high. If competition remains steep in the ever-competitive market, except that monthly fee to drop in the future.