I'm so used to having an online library with Google Music, I just can't go back to playlists again. I had Rhapsody for several years, from 2004 until when MOG was first made available. Then, when Spotify came to the US, I used both MOG and Spotify until about a month after Google Music All Access came out. (I'm still grandfathered at $7.99/month for Google Music) Rhapsody used a library system to catalog my music, and when I went to Google, I realized that it was so much better for me than anything that MOG or Spotify was offering.
Now I'd love to keep Tidal around, but the Favorites system is cramping my style and how I enjoy listening to music.
This is my problem. I have some favorite artists and albums that I really enjoy. With Google, I can start with this by going to Pink Floyd and adding all of their albums to my library. I can do the same thing for The Moody Blues or The Eagles. By adding the albums to my library, I now have the artists and all of the tracks on these albums in my library. Now I can randomly play my personal catalog of my entire library. I can then start a radio station based on the artist, album, or a single track; at which point I can easily add additional albums to my library whenever I stumble upon another favorite. This process builds my library in a manner that allows me to just listen and enjoy music with very little searching involved. The shuffle works so well that I split my time listening to my library and listening to radio stations, and I get a very good mix of music each session.
With Tidal, the Artist, Album, and Track favorites are all separate, and there is no easy way to integrate them all together. To make matters worse, the performance really begins to drag after adding several thousand favorite tracks. The application is clearly meant to be used with playlists. I have to favorite an artist, then favorite an album, and then favorite the tracks in each album to pull in the songs that I want available to shuffle and to use for creating radio stations. This is a problem as I have over 12K songs in my Google library, which is continually growing, and I don't think Tidal can handle that many tracks in my favorites folder, even if I wanted to spend the better part of a week adding all of the tracks.
If I add an album to my favorites, Tidal should have an option to automatically add the artist and all of the tracks as favorites. This was the same problem I had with MOG, where I never even bothered to favorite an artist, only songs, since the artists and song favorites weren't really connected in any meaningful way. I absolutely love Google where I can select an artist in my library to see my favorite albums from this artist (even the ones I added from my own collection). It is just a much better way to manage music for me.
It is because of this and no ability to fill in gaps in music availability with my own that makes me put this aside for now. I've done plenty of ABX tests in the past to know with confidence that I can't hear a difference between FLAC, AAC 320, or Google's Lame-encoded mp3 tracks at 320 CBR quality. I put some Shostakovich up to the test and could not tell a difference between Google and Tidal (HIFI), at least not with my audio equipment. I really want Tidal to work, and I am debating whether or not to just pay the monthly subscription to support their efforts. Unfortunately, the mobile suites are going to dictate how these applications will be designed, and the PC/Mac options will take a back seat. These developers have to follow the money to survive. While I don't believe that sound quality will improve, especially between FLAC and AAC 320, but the thing that FLAC can potentially bring that Google's mp3's can't is a true gapless playback ability, though, even gapless playback is not working yet with Tidal.