Plex adds more TIDAL-powered features, including Artist TV for playing music videos

Media center app Plex today is rolling out new features to expand upon its partnership with TIDAL, the streaming music service it began working with last November. Before, Plex subscribers could fill in the missing albums from artists in their library by way of TIDAL, but this option was only available within playlists. Now its available in users own music collection, too. In addition, a new feature called Artist TV allows you to play the artists video catalog along with other similar videos, with just a click.
The features we think? were announced today in this bizarre Plex blog post. But its unclear what exactly is going on there.
While Plex has always had a sort of casual, conversational tone to its various product announcements, this weird and confusing bit of fiction had its community members scratching their heads.
Heres a sampling:
After he sweeps away our garlic-soaked crumbs, Hector declares that he is a huge fan of Steely Dan (the band, not William S. Burroughs prop that, er, electrifies the masterfulNaked Lunch).
And I say to him (YES WITH MY MOUTH FULL BECAUSE THIS POINT ISTHATIMPORTANT) Sure, right, youre a big Steely Dan fan. But does your library have Everyones Gone to the Movies (Demo Version)?
And he stares down at his fancy Italian leather shoes and you can see his face turn the slightest shade ofprimaverared, and being the kinda guy who doesnt want to embarrass friends and waiters, I said, Hey Nineteen, dont feel Deacon blue. Two quick song title references helped lighten the mood up aPeg. I can show you how you can complete your collection in like 60 seconds.
Somewhere in this 2,000+ (!!)-word story is a mention of the changes to Plexs software.
Plex members werent thrilled about the lack of a tl;dr since they just wanted to know what was new and how it worked.
(Just to be clear, folks: users NEVER WANT A STORY. We want information. That goes for your app update text, too.)
Plex adds more TIDAL-powered features, including Artist TV for playing music videos

While Plexs announcement itself bombed, the actual updates are still worth noting.
For starters, a new complete your collection feature will allow a Plex Pass member who signed up for the discounted TIDAL subscription to fill out their music library by adding songs, albums, or the artists entire library by way of TIDAL. These additions will then appear next your owned collection of music, making it more seamless to stream your favorites.
Of course, you could just stream directly from TIDAL, but Plexs newer focus has been making itself a one-stop shop for all your media not just the music and videos you already own.
Today, that means you can access your own music and video library, your subscription-based music collection, your podcasts, streaming TV (via your digital antenna), your DVR recordings, your photos, your personalized news, and even web shows. (It still lacks a way to jump to your streaming subscriptions, similar to Amazons Prime Video channels or The Roku Channel, but this is something Plex said it has planned.)
Plex adds more TIDAL-powered features, including Artist TV for playing music videos

The other new feature arriving today, Artist TV, also leverages TIDAL to offer music video streaming.
The company initially likened it to your own version of MTVs TRL.But its not about playing the most popular hits so thats not an apt comparison. Instead, Artist TV will kick off a stream of an artists videos when you click its button on an artists profile. It then intersperses these with videos from similar artists. In other words, its more like an Artist Radio-type of feature, but with video.
The features are rolling out today on Android mobile, Android TV, iOS and Apple TV with other platforms supported soon.
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