Parents' Guide to


By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Jay-Z-fronted music and video service; no content filter.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android Free to try Music
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 8+

Our family enjoys Tidal!

Tidal is priced fairly and has a large variety of music. The app is easy to use. I used to have a competitor’s (starts with an A) and this isn’t anymore complex than what I used previously. Recently they came out with a feature that does allow you to filter explicit content. (Search online for instructions) You can also search for clean edits of songs. I feel like as with any app, parental supervison/review is key. I let my kids who are 6 and 10 listen, but I am usually within earshot. I help them make playlists of songs they really love and they typically just stick to that. They know they get privileges taken away if they break rules so they are pretty good about it. Really, inappropriate music can be found just about anywhere if you think about it.(Youtube, social media apps, the radio) We love Tidal and plan to keep using it!

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Easy to play/use
age 18+

Not for Under 18

I had to comment after seeing the 11 year old review that stated it was awesome and doesn't censor anything. Well, that just about sums it up. I personally do not want my older children blasting f-bombs all over the house that my younger children can hear. Also, the uncensored music includes sex, drugs, swearing, etc. that should no way be shared with children. I got it for free and am only using it myself since there is no content filters which everyone else has.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Some music aficionados will love the high-quality sound and video available with Tidal, and they are likely to be the most willing to pay the subscription rates; however, some people feel the sound quality will be lost on the average listener. Some criticize the lack of ad-supported free options, whereas others prefer ad-free listening. Expect increased download and buffering times over wireless networks, since the high-quality files take longer to access. Teens will need to put in some up-front effort to set up their personal playlists, unless they want to listen to featured lists. Discovering other music isn't quite as easy as with other radio apps, but being able to download songs for offline listening is handy. It'd be nice to have some kind of filter for explicit lyrics to make this more teen-friendly.

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