Q: "How to rip music from Tidal on computers for offline playback anytime? I have subscribed to the Tidal HiFi plan so I can download Tidal playlists and albums with its 'Offline Mode' function on my phone. But I can't find the 'Download' option to do that on my computer. Thus, I am considering a tool to rip audio from Tidal".
No matter you are using the Tidal HiFi or HiFi Plus subscription, there is no 'Download' button provided on Tidal computer app to download music from Tidal to computer officially. When it comes to ripping songs from Tidal, you can use a professional Tidal ripper to make it possible. To get rid of this hassle of trying them one by one, here we will introduce the top 4 best tools, with which you can rip from Tidal for free online, on macOS and Windows computers.
Part 1. How to Rip Music from Tidal on Windows/Mac
In this part, we would like to introduce two top tools for ripping music from Tidal legally on both Windows and Mac. Please read on
AudFree Tidal Music Ripper
There are lots of Rippers that allow music lovers to rip MQA or HiFi music from Tidal. But here, we put AudFree Tidal Music Converter in the first place, which is not only an audio ripper but also a Tidal downloader and converter.
Why We Give Priority to AudFree Tidal Ripper
⭕ Download Tidal Music Locally in Batch within Several Clicks
AudFree Tidable is capable to download Tidal tracks, playlists, albums, podcasts, and audiobooks to local drive of your computer and keep the Tidal downloads forever. Since it supports batch downloading, you can add and download hundreds of tracks from Tidal each time.
⭕ Losslessly Rip and Convert Tidal Music to Multiple Formats at 5X Speed
With innovative technology, this multi-faceted Ripper can rip and convert Tidal music to MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, M4A, and more commonly used output formats for playing anywhere. And with a 5X faster ripping speed, it enables you to rip music from Tidal within a very short time.
⭕ Work with Tidal Free, Tidal HiFi, and Tidal HiFi Plus
It is specially designed for all Tidal users to make Tidal music entertainment easier and better. It has the ability to download high-quality, HiFi, and Master music from Tidal Free, Tidal HiFi, and Tidal HiFi Plus accounts. It supports ripping from Tidal without any Tidal subscriptions for free.
⭕ Preserve 100% Original Quality and Customize Output Settings
With advanced ripping technology, it can rip from Tidal with lossless audio quality. And to make high-quality lossless audio, it endows you with the ability to adjust the sample rate as 192000 Hz, and bit depth as 24 bit even 32 bit. Beyond that, you can select the audio channel to stereo and enjoy the surround Tidal Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio.
⭕ Support Playing Ripped Tidal Files Anywhere and Anytime
After getting local Tidal rippings, you can transfer Tidal music rippings to any other devices or media players for offline listening anytime for free without the Tidal app and Tidal subscriptions.
⭕ Keep ID3 Tags and Organize Output Music Library
This easy-to-use Tidal ripping tool can keep the original metadata info and ID3 tags such as the cover art, title, artist name, album, artwork, disc number, track number, and year. Thus, the output Tidal music files can be classified as the original order.
How to Rip MQA from Tidal on Mac and PC
The following tutorial will guide you through how to rip playlists and albums from Tidal in MQA quality by doing a few clicks by using AudFree Tidal Music Ripper. This excellent tool is available for Mac and Windows operating systems. Please download the right free-trial version to your computer OS. It is legal to rip from Tidal for individual use.
- Step 1Add Tidal Songs to AudFree Tidal Ripper
- This ripper for both Mac and PC offers an easy way to add Tidal songs and playlists to AudFree Tidable for ripping. Open this software, the Tidal app will launch automatically. You can discover your favorite Tidal music and copy & paste the Tidal link to the search box of AudFree Tidable. It will start to analyze and load Tidal music files for a while after you click the '+' button. Alternatively, to add files to this tool quickly, you can drag and drop songs from Tidal to the ripper directly.
- Step 2Adjust Tidal Output Format for Ripping
There are six output audio formats for you to choose from. Please find the 'Menu' button from the upper-right corner to select 'Preferences' > 'Convert'. Mac users need to tap 'AudFree Tidal Music Converter for Mac' from the Apple menu bar to find it. Then the setting window will pop up, where you can customize output settings. You can adjust Tidal music output format as lossless FLAC, WAV, etc., and customize other audio parameters, like bit rate, and sample rate for ripping.
To make the ripped Tidal streams compatible with almost all devices, you are suggested to define MP3 as the target one. Because MP3 is the most common audio format. But you can also rip lossless FLAC or WAV from Tidal to preserve the best quality of Tidal audio.
- Step 3Download and Rip FLAC from Tidal
- When all things are set, you can click the 'Convert' button at the bottom-right corner. And then added Tidal songs will be downloaded and ripped to plain audio files with the best quality kept. You can click the 'Converted' icon to locate ripped Tidal music downloads on your computer. You can transfer and play them on your portable devices without a subscription.
AudFree Audio Capture
If you prefer using a traditional ripping way to rip songs from Tidal, you can get help from AudFree Audio Capture. It's an intelligent Tidal music ripper by adopting the built-in leading-edge ripping technology to rip Tidal music in high quality (96000 Hz and 24 bit).
Different from common audio recorders, AudFree Audio Capture supports grabbing multiple Tidal songs at the same time. It can also divide Tidal recordings into independent tracks automatically or cut unwanted Tidal audio clips manually. Apart from Tidal ripping, it can rip any sound from other popular streaming music services, like Spotify, Deezer, and so on.
Main Features of AudFree Audio Capture
* Losslessly rip all kinds of audio from Tidal and other streaming music without Tidal subscriptions.
* Capture Tidal audio on both Mac and Windows computers for free.
* Customize ID3 tags of Tidal music and playlists manually.
* Perform multiple Tidal rippings and divide them into independent tracks.
* Edit Tidal Rippings and ID3 tags at will.
How to Rip Tidal Songs on Mac and Windows Computers
Download and install the AudFree Audio Capture for Tidal on your computer. And then you can refer to the following guide on how to get offline Tidal music rippings. You can save Tidal music as local files for free offline playback. Here, we used the Mac version for a demonstration purpose.
- Step 1Set Up AudFree Audio Capture for Tidal
- When you launch this all-in-one Tidal music ripper, you will see its main interface as above. There is a list of the installed applications on your computer, like Chrome, Spotify, and more. Check out whether the Tidal app or the web browser you use to access to Tidal web player is displayed here. Here, we suggest you rip songs and playlists from the Tidal app to get the best quality of your Tidal ripping.
- Step 2Define Tidal Output Parameters for Ripping
- This tool also enables users to personalize output settings of ripping Tidal tracks. You can click the 'Format' button symbolized with an audio icon to open the setting window. You can define output format, adjust other audio parameters for ripping music from Tidal legally according to your needs. When all settings are done, please don't forget to hit 'OK' to save all settings.
- Step 3Rip MQA from Tidal
- Now, you will come back to the main interface again. Please tap on the Tidal app. Then the Tidal app and the recording window will launch automatically. When you play Tidal music, AudFree Audio Capture will rip them simultaneously. If you didn't install the Tidal app, please open the web browser to play Tidal songs. It will rip and download music from the Tidal web player. For ripping audio from Tidal videos, please play the Tidal video you want to rip.
- Step 4Edit and Save Tidal Music Rippings
- AudFree Audio Capture features a built-in editing function. It allows you to edit, trim, cut, or merge each ripped Tidal song into the small segments you want. Besides, you can tap on the 'Tag' section to customize ID3 tags, like a year, album cover, artist. After that, please click the 'Save' button to export all Tidal rippings into your computer.
Part 2. Rip from Tidal with Free Tidal Ripper
If you don't care much about the audio quality, a free online gadget could be a nice helper. Tidal-Media-Downloader is an open-source and free application released on Github, which is proficient in ripping songs from Tidal at no cost. Tidal-Media-Downloader has two versions, respectively Tidal-dl and Tidal-gui. No matter which version you choose to use, they both require a Tidal HiFi subscription to rip music from Tidal. The output quality depends on your subscription grade. Besides, it will be noted that you shouldn't distribute ripped Tidal songs and videos for any purpose. Here, we will take Tidal-gui as an example to show the user guide.
Main Features of Tidal-Media-Downloader
* Free to use without extra charge.
* Rip both audio and video from Tidal with a Tidal HiFi or HiFi Plus account.
* Able to add metadata to download files.
* Support selecting audio quality from normal to master.
Something You Need to Know
* Need the Tidal HiFi or Tidal HiFi Plus subscription.
* A little complicated to install.
How to Rip Songs Off Tidal for Free
Step 1. Navigate to Tidal-Media-Downloader on Github on your web browser to install and launch this app. It will require you to log into your Tidal account and authorize your device to access your Tidal account.
Step 2. Go back to Tidal-gui app and search for songs or albums that you want to rip by typing the name of the music in the 'Search' bar. Or you can copy and paste a Tidal album, playlist, track, or video URL to this free Tidal music ripper to load Tidal content.
Step 3. Check the mark before each Tidal music to select favorite songs to rip. Besides, you can modify the output quality from Normal to Master as you like. After that, please press the 'Download' button to launch the ripping process.
Part 3. Rip Tidal Music with Online Tidal Ripper
There is also an online method for people who don't want to install extra apps on their computers. Apowersoft Free Audio Recorder Online is one of the full-featured online freeware to rip digital audio from Tidal as local files. Just download a small launcher, and then it will empower you to record and rip Tidal songs, playlists, etc. from your computer sound card to MP3. After that, you can listen to Tidal desktop offline even using a free Tidal plan. It's worth mentioning that limited output formats and low audio quality are its disadvantages.
Main Features of Apowersoft
* Free to rip Tidal without needing to install any application.
* Record and rip any playing sounds on computers as MP3 locally.
Something You Need to Know
* Only support MP3 output format.
* Need to download a launcher.
* With only up to 256 kbps.
How to Let Tidal Rip Audio Online
Step 1. Open the Apowersoft official website and there is a big 'Start Recording' button on this home page. You can simply press it to select the audio source as computer system sound.
Step 2. Now, you should hit on the 'Start Recording' button again to choose 'Entire Screen' or 'Chrome Tab' and 'Share system audio' options to configure the ripping mode. And then, please click the 'Share' button to start ripping music and videos from Tidal.
Step 3. Now, please open the Tidal desktop app or Tidal Web Player to stream Tidal music and playlists, this online tool will start to record Tidal without any restriction. Besides, you can hit on the 'Pause' and 'Stop' options to control the music-ripping process. Finally, you can locate them by clicking the 'Show in Folder' button.
Part 4. Comparison: Which Is the Best Tidal Ripper
There are 4 ways to rip audio from Tidal without effort. But which one to choose? If you still can't make the final decision, you can have a quick glance at the complete comparison. Check out the key performances of the five ways presented in the chart below.
|AudFree Tidable||AudFree Audio Capture||Tidal-Media-Downloader||Apowersoft|
(With free-trial forever)
(With free-trial forever)
|Supported Tidal Plan||Tidal Free, HiFi, HiFi Plus||Tidal Free, HiFi, HiFi Plus||Tidal HiFi, HiFi Plus||Tidal Free, HiFi, HiFi Plus|
|Support Input Contents||All Tidal contents||Any source||Tidal music and video||Any source|
|Supported Output Format||MP3, FLAC, AAC, WAV, M4A, M4B||MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, M4A, M4B||FLAC, AAC, MP3, WAV, MP4||MP3|
|Conversion Speed||5X Faster Speed||Real time||Real time||Real time|
|Customize Output Quality||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Audio Quality||Up to 32-bit/192 kHz||Up to 24-bit/96 kHz||Up to 24-bit/96 kHz||Up to 256 kbps|
|Keep ID3 Tags||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Recommends||4 Points 5||3.5 Points of 5||3 Points of 5||2.5 Points of 5|
Apparently, from the recommended points and supported powerful features of these music rippers, it's easy to get the conclusion that the best way could be AudFree Tidal Ripper. It supports 5X faster-ripping speed and six output formats and keeps Master output Tidal quality.
Besides AudFree Tidal Music Ripper, the AudFree Audio Capture and Tidal-Media-Downloader also have the ability to rip music from Tidal without touching or losing the original audio quality. Among that, AudFree Tidal Music Converter works at 5 conversion speeds. It is faster than AudFree Audio Capture, Tidal-Media-Downloader, and Apowersoft Free Audio Recorder Online, which rip Tidal music at 1:1 real-time. But in another aspect, AudFree Audio Capture and Apowersoft software can extract audio from other sources, while Tidal-Media-Downloader can rip Tidal videos.
Anyway, you can weigh the pros and cons of all tools and make the final right decision to get Tidal music rippings. Let me know your final choice in the comment area.