A recent change to Tidal’s input authentication has made it nearly impossible to access this streaming service on many Astell & Kern portable Hi-Res audio players.
These players run Android, although the owners may not be aware of this. The system is tailored for music playback – a special user interface has been created for this. At the same time, it is impossible to install third-party applications on this Android – it can only be software controlled by the Astell & Kern Open APP service.
The limitations are justified: a high-definition portable player should only have programs compatible with it. But alas, iRiver Ltd., which owns the Astell & Kern sub-brand, announced that its built-in Tidal app no longer supports the new authentication method.
To solve this problem, the company is going to release updates for the SP2000, SP1000, SP1000M, SE200, SE100, SR25 and KANN ALPHA models. This will happen in May. These models will be followed by the KANN CUBE, SA700, SR15, CT15 and CT10 players.
Owners of older Astell & Kern models are much less fortunate, as Tidal will end support for older versions of Android. These restrictions will apply to Astell & Kern AK380, AK320, AK300, AK70 MKII, AK70, AK240, AK120II and AK100II players. From now on, Tidal will not work on them.