How to Download and Record Tidal Music Losslessly for Free

"As an audiophile, I used to enjoy music by buying CDs from local music stores until I come across the Tidal streaming music platform which offers up to 1411Kbps bit rate songs just like CDs. For the most part of Tidal, I am totally satisfied. But I am wondering if it could still be better to download Tidal Music for free for offline listening because I don't have access to Internet when I am on my commute between home and office." - Asked by Julia Allen.

When it comes to streaming music platforms, users tend to know more about Spotify which offers more wider categories of songs. But Tidal has its exclusive appeal that attract high-end audiophile users and artists. Now let me show you more details about Tidal and offer the best ways to rip Tidal music for free.

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Part 1. What Is Tidal Music

Tidal was launched in 2014 by Norwegian public company Aspiro. In 2015, Tidal was acquired by Jay-Z. Because of the enormous influence of Jay-Z and Beyonce and the high commission rate, it has attracted many big stars like Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris, Shawn, Rihanna and so on. Tidal is known as the artists' streaming music platform.

With the slogan "All your favorite music. Best Sound Quality available.", Tidal is the unique platform which provides lossless quality songs and high definition videos as of now. Now, Tidal has over 60 million tracks and tons of exclusive interviews and videos. There are two types of subscription services Tidal Premium and Tidal HiFi which charges $9.99/month and $19.99/month respectively. As for the quality, Tidal Premium offers up to 320Kbps quality and Tidal HiFi up to 144Kbps quality.

Besides, there are 3 options which you can customize depending on your subscription type and the device.

Normal Quality: 96Kbps (AAC+)

High Quality: 320Kbps (AAC)

HiFi Quality: 1411Kbps (FLAC)

Part 2. How to Get Tidal Music Free on Android / iPhone

Tidal doesn't have a free tier service like Spotify, but that doesn't mean you can't get Tidal free. Actually, any users can get 30 days free trial by signing up an account and input the payment info. Sometimes during promotion, you can even get up to 3 months subscriptions.

So you can go ahead to sign up a free trial, then you will be able to download Tidal music on any of your devices such as desktops, mobile phones and other players that is compatible with Tidal. Following I will show you how to download Tidal music to Android/iPhone.

Step 1. Open Tidal from your Android/iPhone. If you haven't installed Tidal yet, you can try to download it from Google Play store or Apple App store.

Step 2. Download your favorite Tidal album or playlist. To do so, you just need to toggle the "Download" button beside the album or playlist you want to listen offline.

Step 3. Authorize your device for offline use. Go to "My Collection" panel and click the "Gear" icon, on the popup menus, you can click "Authorize" to authorize your current device for playing downloaded songs.

Step 4. Switch to offline mode. To prevent your phone from using cellular data when playing Tidal songs, you can try again to click the "Gear" icon on the "My Collection" screen and then enable the "Offline" option.

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Part 3. How to Rip Music from Tidal to Keep Forever

Although with the Tidal 30 days free and the offline download feature which enable you to download Tidal offline to enjoy, the songs won't be valid anymore when your free trial is ended.

In addition, the MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) audio is only available in the desktop. This means no matter if you have paid for the Tidal HiFi or not, you can't stream 1411Kbps songs on mobile phones just 320Kbps only.

So is there another way to save the 1411 Kbps Hifi FLAC songs offline and then transfer them to mobile phones for playback after unsubscribing Tidal Hifi?

Someone may ask, can't we just use a free audio recorder online? Frankly speaking, free recording software does work well to record songs but it can't guarantee the audio quality. When it can record a same 1411Kbps file, the quality of the record music is completely different except the size is same.

DRmare Audio Capture for Mac/Windows is the only Tidal ripper which can 100% keep the music data by using a most advanced recording technology to capture songs from its own standalone soundcard install of the computer system soundcard, similar to make a 1:1 copy from the source to the destination.

DRmare Tidal Music Downloader

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  • Supports multiple streaming music services Tidal, Spotify, SoundCloud, Deezer
  • Track level recording method, making it possible to record multiple tracks at once
  • Trim/cut recorded songs, customize the ID3 tags to meet your requirements better
  • Support multiple music formats FLAC, AAC, WAV, MP3, M4A, M4B

Are you interested in downloading lossless Tidal songs for burning CDs, playing on portable players? If so, you can try it out completely free either on your Windows computer or Mac computer.

Step 1Run DRmare Audio Recorder
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You can double click the "Download" button and follow the screen shot to install it to your computer. Then you can launch it. By default, it supports a few apps like Chrome, iTunes, Spotify. For Tidal, you can play and record it via Chrome browser. However, web player doesn't supports 1411 HiFi songs. So please install the Tidal desktop app and then add it to the DRmare software by click the icon "+".
Step 2Choose output format FLAC
choose flac format
In order to keep the lossless 1411Kpbs quality, we'd suggest you select a lossless formats such as FLAC or WAV. The difference between FLAC and WAV is that WAV is not compressed which will have a much larger size. Here I will choose FLAC.
Step 3Play and record Tidal songs
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After that, you can play the HiFi 1411 Kbps songs on your computer desktop with the Tidal app, they will be recorded simultaneously. And you don't need to worry other noise playing on your computer because DRmare use a track level recording method which will isolate other processes running on the computer.
Step 4Edit Tidal song
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Generally you can skip this option if you don't need to do any editing. But if you do want, please just click the editing icon beside the recorded songs, it will pop up the editing window, from where you can trim the songs, complete the tag info.
Step 5Locate the songs on computer
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Finally you can click "Save“ button to save all the FLAC lossless tracks. To find them from your computer, you can click icon which looks like a magnifier beside the songs.
Now you can move the Tidal songs to any devices or use them for any purposes. One thing you need to note is that DRmare software is only for personal use, so please don't try to sell the songs for making money. Hope you enjoy Tidal music with better experience with this great tool. If you like it, you can share this post to your friends easily by clicking the social buttons from the right side.
Video DemoHow to Rip Music from Tidal

Part 4. How to Download Music from Tidal on Mac / Windows

Apart from the above ways, here is another easy yet professional workaround to download music from Tidal in high-quality preserved. With the development of the DRmare Tidal Music Converter, Tidal music lovers are able to download music and playlists from Tidal at 5X faster speed. It's much easier to get music on Tidal than ripping music from the Tidal app.

No need to click lots of icons, such as 'Play', 'Stop', 'Save', etc. the only thing you should do is to copy and paste Tidal music and playlists from the Tidal app to the search box of DRmare's and then click the 'Convert' button. Now, DRmare Tidal Music Converter will start to download Tidal music at 5X faster speed and save them on your computer.

In short, no matter which way you choose, you can get high-quality Tidal songs offline. Have fun with Tidal music.

Dec 3, 2019 6:49 PM

Updated by Wyatt Harris to Audio Capture Tips