How to Download Tidal Hi-Res Music

By Miley Swift Posted on 2024-03-11 / Post for Tidal Tips

Tidal is a trendy music streaming service that provides over 100 million music. In Tidal, you can find unique music and the hottest music. If you use Tidal to listen to music, you may find it has lots of Hi-Res music. Do you know what it is Hi-Res music or how to download Tidal Hi-Res audio? In this article, we are going to tell you the detailed knowledge. Come and learn with us.

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Part 1. What Is Tidal Hi-Res

Tidal Hi-Res, short for Tidal High-Resolution, refers to the high-quality audio streaming offered by Tidal. It offers high-quality audio streaming with FLAC files up to 24-bit, 192 kHz. This provides superior sound quality compared to standard audio formats. Many standard audio streaming services typically compress audio files to reduce file size and bandwidth usage. However, Tidal FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) Hi-Res and MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) Hi-Res preserve the original audio quality as intended by the artist. Therefore, listeners can hear the music exactly as it was recorded in the studio.

To listen to Tidal High-Resolution music, you will need a few things:

🔈 Subscription: You need to have a paid Tidal subscription that offers high-fidelity and Hi-Res audio streaming.

🔈 Compatible Devices: A device that supports Tidal Hi-Res music playback is necessary. This could be a Hi-Res audio player, a compatible smartphone or a computer.

🔈 Headphones/Speakers: To fully appreciate the Hi-Res audio quality, you should use high-quality headphones or speakers that are capable of reproducing the finer details in the music.

🔈 Quality Settings: Make sure to adjust the audio quality settings in Tidal's 'Settings'. You should select 'Max' and then keep a good network to play.

set tidal audio quality as max

Part 2. How to Download Tidal Hi-Res Music with Tidal Plans

After you know the introduction about Hi-Res on Tidal, please continue to learn how to download Tidal Hi-Res audio in the Tidal mobile app with your Tidal HiFi or HiFi Plus plan. It is important to know that Tidal does not provide the 'Download' feature in its desktop app. That means you cannot download Tidal FLAC Hi-Res audio on your computer. Now, let's see how to download Tidal High-Resolution songs, playlists, or albums on iPhone and Android devices.

Step 1. Run the Tidal app on your phone and log into your account.

Step 2. Use the 'Search' function or browse through the Tidal app to find Hi-Res content. If you added it to your collection, you can directly find it. Tidal Hi-Res tracks are labeled as 'Max' or other relevant text.

Step 3. Once you have found the Hi-Res content you want to download, look for the 'Download' (⬇) icon next to the track. Select the 'Download' icon to start downloading.

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Note: Before downloading, you may have the option to choose the audio quality for the download. Select the highest available quality (typically FLAC or MQA) to ensure you're downloading Hi-Res audio.

Step 4. Once the download is complete, you can access the Hi-Res content from the 'Downloaded' section of the Tidal app. You can listen to the downloaded Hi-Res audio offline without an internet connection.

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See also: How to Download Songs from Tidal to Computer

Part 3. How to Download Tidal Hi-Res Audio Locally

The Tidal Hi-Res tracks are the same as normal resources which cannot play after you unsubscribe Tidal subscriptions. And the downloaded songs are saved in your Tidal app, not in your phone. So, to break these limitations, you should need the AudFree Tidal Music Converter to help you.

It is a professional music converter for Tidal which can convert Tidal tracks in bulk at 5X speed. You also can set different output formats like format, bitrate, sample rate as well as channel for your liked Tidal songs. It is worth mentioning that you can convert Tidal music to six common formats. They are FLAC, MP3, WAV, AAC, M4A, and M4B. Moreover, the audio you are going to download via the AudFree converter can be saved with the original data and sound quality. With this AudFree tool, you can save Tidal songs, playlists, or albums to your computer as local files so that you can transfer them to other devices.

AudFree Tidal Music Converter

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  • Keep Tidal Hi-Res audio's original sound quality and data.
  • Convert Tidal to MP3, FLAC, M4B, etc.
  • Convert batches of Tidal Hi-Res music at 5X speed
  • Save Tidal songs as local files on computers

How to Download Tidal Hi-Res Albums/Playlists/Songs Locally

First, please download and install the practical AudFree Tidal Music Converter on your Mac or Windows. If you don't have the Tidal desktop app, you also need to get it in advance.

Step 1Add Tidal Hi-Res music to AudFree
add tidal hi res music to audfree
Open your downloaded AudFree Tidal Music Converter and wait for your Tidal app to automatically open. Then, drag & drop the Hi-Res album, playlists, or individual songs from Tidal to AudFree. Alternatively, you can copy and paste their links to AudFree's top search bar. Then tap the '+' icon to load them.
Step 2Change Tidal Hi-Res audio output formats
set hi res tidal audio output format
For Windows users, please go to the 'menu' button on the top-right side of AudFree. For Mac users, please click Mac's 'menu' > 'AudFree Tidal Music Converter' on the top-left. Next, please select 'Preferences' > 'Convert'. Here are some formats you can set for Tidal Hi-Res songs. To download Hi-Res Tidal tracks, you should set the format as 'FLAC'. After finishing this step, hit 'OK'.

See also: How to Convert Tidal to FLAC

Step 3Convert Tidal Hi-Res albums locally
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Now, you can click the 'Convert' button to start converting. After converting, you can see a pop-out red dot in the 'Converted' option. Click it to find your local Tidal Hi-Res FLAC downloads. You then can sync them to your frequently-used platforms.

Part 4. FAQs about Hi-Res Tidal

Q1: Does Sonos Support Tidal Hi-Res Audio?

A: Sonos only supports playing Hi-Res Tidal audio at 48kHz/24-bit.

See also: How to Connect Tidal to Sonos with/without Tidal App

Q2: Does HEOS Support Tidal High-Resolution Music?

A: HEOS Speakers, HEOS Link and HEOS Amp allow to play up to 24-bit/192-kHz audio. On these devices, you can play Tidal FLAC Hi-Res songs.

Q3: Apple Music Hi-Res vs Tidal: Which Is Better?

A: Apple Music Hi-Res Lossless (up to 24-bit/192kHz) is similar to Tidal. Apple Music may have a slightly smaller selection of Hi-Res tracks but it is cheaper than Tidal. The choice depends on your personal preferences.

Part 5. In Conclusion

Now, you may clearly know the detailed information about Tidal Hi-Res. If you would like to play Hi-Res music on Tidal, you should subscribe to a plan. It also allows you to download Hi-Res albums on Tidal for offline playback. However, if you plan to play them on your other devices, you are advised to use the AudFree Tidal Music Converter to get local Tidal FLAC Hi-Res audio and then transfer it to your wanted devices.

Miley Swift

Miley Swift

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Miley Swift is a professional content creator in the field of music entertainment and tech. Passionate about Tidal streaming technology, she is adept in offering and updating relevant tech skills and tools of Tidal music.

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