Can I play Tidal on HomePod? - It could be one of the most questions that confused people who own HomePod and subscribe to Tidal music service. If yes, how does Tidal subscription work with HomePod? If not, is there a possible solution to listen to my Tidal playlists on HomePod?
As Apple's smart speaker, there is no doubt that HomePod is fully compatible with its own streaming music service, Apple Music and its voice assistant, Siri. It couldn't be easier to ask Siri to play music on HomePod with Apple Music. But things could be different when it comes to streaming Tidal music to HomePod since the HomePod is not integrated with the Tidal app.
Although the HomePod speaker can't play Tidal music over a normal Bluetooth function, fortunately, it's available to play Tidal music on HomePod with other iOS devices' AirPlay feature. In this article, we will introduce the detailed steps on how to play Tidal on HomePod via AirPlay and an alternative workaround of Tidal on HomePod without using AirPlay.
Part 1. How to Play Tidal on HomePod with AirPlay
AirPlay is a proprietary protocol suite created by Apple, which lets users share and stream audios, videos, photos, etc. from Apple devices to smart speakers, Apple TV, smart TVs and more for better playback. Once you have activated the AirPlay feature, it's able to send music playing on the iPhone or iPad - whether that's is Tidal, Spotify, or another service to the HomePod AirPlay speaker.
To stream music to the HomePod from Tidal, please make sure you have subscribed to Tidal Premium or HiFi, and the plan didn't expire. And then please switch on the iPhone's Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections and connect your iOS device and the HomePod to the same Wi-Fi network.
Step 1. Set up your HomePod and check whether it works properly.
Step 2. Open the Tidal app on your iOS device and select the HomePod as the AirPlay destination.
Step 3. Or you can choose HomePod from the AirPlay menu in the iOS Control Center.
Now, Tidal music and playlists playing on iOS device will be streamed to the HomePod. Just listen to your Tidal music over the smart HomePod speaker with ease.
Part 2. How to Play Tidal on HomePod from iCloud Music Library
If you don't own a device that can use AirPlay, what should you do to enjoy Tidal playlists on HomePod? As a matter of fact, aside from playing Apple Music on HomePod and playing tracks from other streaming sources on HomePod by using AirPlay, HomePod also allows users to play music you purchased and downloaded on iTunes store or any of the music in your iTunes library if you are using iTunes Match.
In this case, to stream music to HomePod from Tidal, we just need to transfer Tidal music to iTunes library. And then all tracks will be synced to the iCloud Music Library with the iTunes Match so that you can play Tidal music on HomePod from iTunes library.
To meet this goal, we need to get help with AudFree Tidal Converter for Tidal, which can download Tidal music and playlists as local files and save them as MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, M4A and M4B so that you can import Tidal downloads to iTunes library. (With Tidal subscription, you can only download Tidal playlists as cache files, not the local files.)
No matter you are using Tidal Premium or Tidal HiFi, even using the Tidal 6-month free trial, you can use AudFree Music Converter for Tidal to download and convert Tidal music, playlists, albums to MP3, FLAC, WAV, and other local files for playback anywhere. This smart Tidal tool offers users to install it and test its performance before purchasing. Just download it on your computer.
- Step 1Add Tidal music to AudFree Tidal converter
- To add Tidal music that you'd like to play on HomePod to the AudFree Tidal Music Converter, please launch this Tidal music converter and then you will see Tidal app is opening at the same time. Just discover the Tidal music, copy the Tidal track link by clicking the '3-dot' icon > 'Share' > 'Copy Tidal Track', and then paste it to the search box of AudFree. Click the '+' button to load Tidal music automatically.
- Note: AudFree Tidal Music Converter needs to work with Tidal desktop app. Please make sure you have downloaded it on your computer in advance. Otherwise, you will get an error message saying 'Tidal is not installed'.
- Step 2Customize Tidal output settings for HomePod
- HomePod can support a wide variety of audio formats, including AAC, MP3 VBR, WAV, FLAC, MP3, AIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless, protected AAC (from iTunes Store) and HE-AAC (V1). So you can open the setting window by choosing 'Preferences' > 'Convert' option and then you can customize audio format as one of the HomePod compatible audio formats.
- Step 3Download Tidal music for playing on HomePod
- Now, please click the 'Convert' button at the bottom of the main interface and then this software will start to download Tidal music offline and convert Tidal music to HomePod compatible audio files for a while. In general, it works at 5X faster speed to get local Tidal audio tracks. After conversion, you can find all Tidal tracks on destination folder by clicking the 'file' icon or 'history' > 'search' icon.
- Step 4Upload Tidal music to iCloud Music Library
To import Tidal music to iCloud Music Library, the first thing you need to do is to follow this page to download Tidal music to iTunes library. And then you can start to sync them to your iCloud Music Library by switching 'Sync Library' on. Here, we will take iTunes for Windows as example to show you the detailed steps.
Step 1. Launch the iTunes app on your Windows computer.
Step 2. Please click the 'Edit' > 'Preferences' from the menu bar of iTunes.
Step 3. Turn 'Sync Library' on under the 'General' option and click the 'OK' to confirm it.
Note: Please subscribe to iTunes Match, if not, you won't see the 'Sync Library' tab.
Part 3. Bottom Line
If you have an iOS device, which is nearby, the best way is to use AirPlay to access your Tidal music on HomePod. Otherwise, you can choose the second solution to play Tidal on HomePod with iTunes Match. By the way, the later way works well, even if your Tidal subscription expired.