Now let’s be careful and respectful. The forum rules refer to competition and discourage any troublesome negativity. Rightly. We are not here to disparage anyone or the results of their hard work.
So I’m not going to mention the actual name of the well-established HiFi vendor that supplied my streamer. I’m just going to describe my reaction to their new announcement of dropping support for Tidal.
Apparently the Tidal API (Application Programming Interface) was changed to improve security, and it was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
I don’t know the numbers, and it’s not the sort of disclosure any company would normally make, but the whole world of software development is expensive and complicated.
Even for a scientific / engineering company that makes HiFi, the journey into the fast evolving world of networked streaming must be stressful.
But here’s the thing. Streaming is the source of the future. The business model of streaming is troublesome if you’re a musician, but CDs and Vinyl are not what is going to sell future HiFi. It’s streaming.
So what will happen to the HiFi company who cannot build the software development costs into their business model? I honestly fear for their survival.