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How to Download Lossless Music from Tidal?


“How can I download lossless music from Tidal? Can I download them to my PC? I’ve searched for this before posting. It seems like that all results I got were about downloading to phone. I’d like to download lossless music from Tidal to my computer.”

Right now we are in a modern streaming era where we can access tens of millions of tracks at the tap of a touchscreen. There's a wide range of streaming services to choose from, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal, Deezer, and so on. Tidal stands tall as one of the best music streaming services with its superior audio. How good is the audio that Tidal offers, how can we download lossless music from Tidal, and where does the Tidal download go? We are going to explain everything clearly in this article.

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Part 1: Is Tidal better than CD quality?

As the music streaming industry is growing, an increasing number of providers are offering lossless audio quality, including Tidal, which offers two subscription options – HiFi and HiFi Plus.

Tidal HiFi allows users to listen to music in lossless high-fidelity audio (1411kbps, 16 bit/44.1kHz), while Tidal HiFi Plus offers even higher audio quality, i.e., Immersive Audio (360 Reality Audio and Dolby Atmos) and Master (up to 9216 Kbps, 24 bit/192kHz).

CD offers full 44.1kHz uncompressed digital audio. For Tidal HiFi users, the highest audio quality that’s available is the same as CD quality. Tidal HiFi Plus option enables users to obtain audio better than CD quality.



Part 2: Is everything on Tidal lossless?

Tidal offers lossless audio, but it doesn’t mean that everything on Tidal is lossless. There are various audio qualities for you to choose from.

Tidal HiFi offers the following sound quality:

  • HiFi - Lossless quality audio (1411kbps or 16bit / 44.1kHz, FLAC).
  • High - Best compromise between data usage and sound quality (320kbps AAC).
  • Normal - Reduced data usage for slower connections.

Tidal HiFi Plus offers the following options:

  • Master - Original master recordings - authenticated by the record label or artist themselves. Unrivaled quality, clarity and depth delivering all file sizes (up to 24 bit / 352kHz), using no more bandwidth than a CD quality (16 bit / 44.1kHZ) file (up to 9216 Kbps or 24 bit / 192 kHz).
  • Immersive Audio - Allows sounds to be precisely and spatially placed. Tidal is the only service that supports both 360 Reality Audio and Dolby Atmos on mobile devices.
  • HiFi - Lossless quality audio (1411kbps or 16bit / 44.1kHz FLAC).
  • High - Best compromise between data usage and sound quality (320kbps AAC).
  • Normal - Reduced data usage for slower connections.

Part 3: Two Ways to download lossless music from Tidal?

Method 1. Through the Tidal app

Tidal makes it easy for HiFi & HiFi Plus users to download an album or a playlist from Tidal to a mobile device for offline streaming. Just open the Tidal app, go to a playlist and click Download to start the downloading.

Notes:

  • Tidal doesn’t offer the Download option on a desktop device.
  • There’s no option to download an individual track from Tidal, as it only allows you to download an entire album or playlist.
  • You can create a playlist to store all the songs you want to download, then open the playlist, and click Download to make sure all the songs you download are all the songs you want.

Method 2. By Sidify Tidal Music Converter

Sidify Tidal Music Converter is an easy-to-use tool that can convert Tidal music to MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC at 10X faster speed. It keeps original audio quality (zero loss) after conversion. You can use it to download and export Tidal music to your local drive. It’s fully compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, 11 & macOS X 10.15, 11, 12, 13 Ventura.

Key Features of Sidify Tidal Music Converter

Tidal Music Converter box

Sidify Tidal Music Converter

  • ok Download Tidal music in Lossless Audio Quality.
  • ok Convert Tidal tracks to MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC format.
  • ok Support downloading Tidal music at 10X speed.
  • ok Keep ID3 tags after conversion.
  • ok Free updates & technical support.

Step 1Open Sidify Tidal Music Converter

Open Sidify Tidal Music Converter. You'll see a built-in Tidal Music Player. Click Open Tidal Music Player and then log in to your Tidal account.

log in to tidal account

Step 2Choose Output Format and Customize Output Path

Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner. Here you can choose the output format (MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF or ALAC) & specify the output folder. Besides, you can organize the output files by Artist, Album, Artist/Album, or Album/Artist.

Notes: Please select Auto as the output format to keep lossless audio quality.

customize output settings

Step 3Add Tidal Music to Sidify

Go to a playlist, click the floating Add button and you'll then be able to select songs from the playlist for conversion.

add tidal music to sidify

Step 4Export Lossless Tidal Songs to the Local Drive

Click Convert Now and Sidify will immediately start downloading and exporting the Tidal music losslessly to the output folder.

export lossless tidal music

Step 5Find the Tidal Downloads on Computer

By default, the output folder would pop up automatically once the conversion is done. You can then find all the Tidal downloads on your computer.



Part 4: Where does my Tidal download go?

Through the Tidal App:

Tidal allows paid subscribers to download music from Tidal to Android & iOS devices for offline streaming. One thing you should be aware of is that all the music you download from Tidal through the Tidal app are cache files. You can’t copy or move them to other devices for normal playback. It’s meaningless to find out the exact location. Yet you can change the storage path if needed.

Just launch the Tidal app on your device, go to Settings, scroll down to Download Destination, and you can then change the default storage path. If you are using a mobile phone with an SD card, you’ll see two options available for you to choose from – Internal and Memory card. By default, it’s set to be stored in Internal. You can select Memory card if you want the offline download to be saved to your SD Card.

By Sidify Tidal Music Converter:

By Sidify Tidal Music Converter, you can save Tidal music to your Windows PC or Mac computer. The Tidal downloads converted by Sidify are not cache files, they are digital files that can be copied or moved to other devices for normal playback.

Just launch Sidify Tidal Music Converter, click the History icon in the upper-right corner, and you can check all the Tidal songs that have been downloaded successfully. Move your mouse to a specific title, click the folder icon and you'll be directed to the output folder.

find the tidal downloads
Conclusion

Tidal is a perfect choice for audiophiles. With a Tidal HiFi subscription, you can stream music in lossless audio quality. If you have an even higher standard for the audio files, you can subscribe to the HiFi Plus plan. It allows you to stream songs in Master audio quality, up to 9216 Kbps.

There are two ways for you to download lossless music from Tidal for offline playback. If you are using an Android or iOS device, simply open a playlist and click Download. By default, they’ll be saved as cache files to your internal space, and you can change the download location to a memory card if needed. If you are running a Windows PC or Mac computer, you can use Sidify Tidal Music Converter to get the Tidal downloads. By Sidify Tidal Music Converter, all the Tidal downloads you get are digital files (MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC) that can be copied or transferred to other devices for normal playback.

Note: Sidify is shareware. It enables users to convert the first three minutes of each audio and convert 3 music files at a time for sample testing. You can download the program to check whether it meets your need and then decide whether you’d like to get it or not.