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Tidal makes its way to Android TV as Pandora throws in Google Assistant and more

It's a good day for music streaming fans on Android TV, since Tidal makes its debut on the platform and Pandora was updated with new features.
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December 22, 2017

It’s a surprisingly decent day for music streaming fans on Android TV, as not only did Tidal make its debut on the platform, but Pandora updated its Android TV app with plenty of new features.

Starting with Tidal, it’s a bit surprising that it took this long for the music service to hit Android TV, since it’s already available for Apple TV. Either way, Tidal remains the only music streaming service to offer lossless streaming audio, though the Play Store listing also states that it can stream high-resolution music videos and concerts. That is not a surprise, given how Android TV is meant for, well, your television.

Normally, you would have to cough up $20 a month for the high-fidelity audio and high-resolution video, though you can pay $10 each month for standard sound quality. From Christmas through January 5, however, new Tidal users have complete access to its higher-tier option for free. That should be plenty of time for folks to decide if they want to stick with the service, though there’s no need to remember to cancel it after the 12 days are up — no credit card is required.

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Pandora isn’t sitting on its laurels, however, as Tidal’s rival music streaming service updated its Android TV app that adds support for Premium subscriptions. With the addition, those who cough up $10 each month search and play songs, albums, or playlists to their heart’s content. If your fingers get tired, however, you can now use your voice with Google Assistant to search for songs.

With the update, Pandora users can also enable Autoplay, which uses the service’s algorithms to select songs similar to what you were listening to. Finally, you now have access to your My Thumbs Up playlist, which is comprised of, you guessed it, songs you gave a thumbs up across all of your stations.

The Tidal app and Pandora update for Android TV are now available for download from the Play Store, but lucky for you, we’ve provided download links for both down below.