Tidal Adds Chromecast Support to Its App

Tidal is a subscription-based music and streaming service. It’s a popular service, with millions of subscribers, but one thing has been missing since it was purchased and relaunched by rapper Jay-Z in 2015: Chromecast support in its Android and iOS apps. That has now changed with the latest update to the app, which adds support for Google’s popular dongle, joining the ranks of other music-streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora.

Chromecast support allows Tidal users to stream music and video to the device that connects to high-definition TVs through an HDMI port. This lets users watch videos on their big-screen TVs, rather than the smaller screens on their phones or tablets, in addition to listen to music through the TV’s sound system, whether it’s the TV’s speakers or a home-entertainment system hooked up to the television. This provides for a more-enjoyable experience, offering a more optimal experience for users rather than having to listen to music on a phone or tablet’s internal speakers or watch the videos on devices with smaller screens than TVs that are often the ideal way to experience entertainment in a person’s home.

In addition to adding Chromecast support, the latest app update — version 1.11.0 on Android and 1.14.0 for iOS — contains bug fixes and improvements to the playlist queue. You can find download links for all operating systems and platforms on Tidal’s website.

Meet the New Top App: Live.ly

A new app has quickly taken over the top spot on the Apple App Store.

Live.ly, a live-streaming app introduced on June 24, now sits above other popular apps, such as Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

The app is designed to allow users to instantaneously stream whatever they are doing. It works like a webcam for a smartphone.

In just under a week, the app already has over 500,000 downloads despite little promotion. Much of its popularity is due to users of its sister app, musical.ly, which lets users create short music videos.

Alex Zhu, co-CEO of musical.ly, said, “We want to thank the musical.ly community for embracing live.ly as an exciting new platform and canvas for creativity and self-expression. The fact that this comes almost one year after musical.ly hit #1 on the same chart makes the news even more exciting.”

The musical.ly app, which was released in 2014, has over 95 million users with an average between 13-20.

Live.ly has done well by using the support of the fans of musical.ly for its gain, surpassing the downloads of other recent live-streaming apps such as those released by YouTube and Tumblr.

CEO R.J. Williams credits his apps success to millennials seeking to build their popularity. “This audience is really, really engaged,” he said. “We’ve created a street team of fan ambassadors because it’s now viral and people are promoting Young Hollywood with the friends and fans.”

Live.ly is currently available for download for free on Apple devices.

Live streaming app hits the top of the App Store charts

The top spot in the Apple App Store has just been taken by a new streaming app. Live.ly, a streaming app from musical.ly, took the spot over even the App Store’s most popular apps, including Facebook Messenger and Snapchat. Musical.ly finished rolling out live.ly to its user base earlier this month, and it has received over 500,000 downloads since its release in May.

Live.ly is similar to existing apps like Facebook Live and Periscope in that it allows users to broadcast what they’re doing in real time to a large audience. Live streaming apps have been growing in popularity, especially among teens, and tech companies are investing heavily in what seems to be a promising field.

Musical.ly brings live.ly hot off the heels of its other popular app, also called musical.ly, hitting the top of the same charts last year. In the year following, musical.ly, an app for creating music videos, has received over 100 million downloads across both Apple and Android platforms. Live.ly is integrated into the existing musical.ly user base, giving it a vast number of potential users.

Apps such as live.ly represent a new force in the app market. With social media growing faster than ever before, it only makes sense for apps to come out with new, creative concepts, as musical.ly did by allowing users to dub their voices over popular songs. Time will tell if live.ly can prove itself in the market, however, as it faces stiff competition from Facebook and Twitter’s own apps.