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How to get the most out of your Tidal subscription

Tidal has a lot of cool features you can use to get your money's worth, from exclusive content to HiFi audio.
March 14, 2022

Tidal provides the ability to listen to really high quality audio in a lossless format, but it offers even more than that. With over 80 million songs, 350,000 videos on the platform and so many features, it might be hard to know where to start with getting your money’s worth. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your Tidal subscription, try out these features to get the full experience!

Can I import playlists from another streaming service?

Tidal allows users to import playlists from a wide variety of streaming services using either Tune My Music or Soundiiz. Both importing sites provide free options and premium options, with premium options being for importing a larger number of tracks and allowing syncing over a longer period of time, if you plan on using more than one streaming service at a time.

How do I discover new music on Tidal?

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Tidal has a some great ways to find new music.

Tidal will curate a “My Mix” playlist based on your listening habits, and artist radios for you based on listening to a specific artist, both of which can help you discover new artists to expand your horizons with. You can also explore playlists made by Tidal based on genres or whatever vibe you’re looking for.

As well, Tidal has a feature called Tidal Rising which features new, lesser-known artists for you to listen to and enjoy. It’s a great way to be ahead of the curve when it comes to music trends. Who knows, maybe you’ll find an artist there who makes it big, and in a few years you can say to everyone that you listened to them before they were cool.

Can I use Tidal on other devices?

Tidal has support for a large selection of home audio setups, smart TVs, car audio setups, DJing software and hardware, as well as watchOS and Samsung’s Tizen. This means you can listen to music from Tidal without being tied down to your phone or computer.

Tidal also has a feature called Tidal Connect, which allows users to select which device to play their music from. As long as you’re signed in to Tidal to another device, you’ll be able to select it by pressing the speaker icon on the now playing screen. This features functions like Chromecast, in that both your control device and playback device must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

How do I listen to HiFi audio?

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Tidal has lots of music quality options, including HiFi lossless audio.

If you click the gear icon in the top right of the “My Collection” page on the mobile app or the settings menu on the desktop app, you select the “streaming” menu, and from there you can change the audio quality, and you can even choose different options for if you’re listening over WiFi or over cellular data on your phone.

With HiFi audio, you can listen to music using lossless, CD-quality FLAC files with a resolution of 44.1kHz/16bit. This is a great option to have, but just know it takes up more space on your device than their “High” or “Normal” audio options if you download it and it uses more cellular data to stream if you’re out and about.

If you have a Tidal HiFi Plus subscription, you can also choose Master quality, which is studio quality. While this sounds cool, it’s not worth it if you don’t have headphones can properly reproduce 96kHz/24-bit music, which means most Bluetooth options are out.

There are also surround sound options on Tidal, with support for Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio on select devices. Sony’s audio standard remains exclusive to a limited number of headphones, and Dolby Atmos content is also similarly limited, though far more headphones can use it (even true wireless options like the Apple AirPods). That way, you can enjoy the high quality audio along with the immersive experience of surround sound.

How do I listen to music from Tidal offline?

Tidal allows users to download content for offline listening, which stores the files locally on your phone or tablet rather than streaming over Wi-Fi or cellular data. To download music to your device, simply press the “Download” button on any album or playlist. You can change the quality of the downloaded music in the settings menu under “Download” in the quality section. Higher quality music will take up more space on your device, so make sure you have enough space available if you want the highest quality audio!

Is there any Tidal exclusive content?

Tidal has exclusive singles, albums, and videos with a subscription, as well as access to concert tickets specifically for Tidal users. Often, artists partnered with Tidal will release content early on the platform, and notable examples include Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo.

Does Tidal have any social features?

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I really need my Facebook friends to see what Britney track I’ve been digging lately.

Tidal has fewer social features than a platform like Spotify, but you can share music to your Instagram or Facebook story. To do this, press the three dot symbol on the right of a track, and choose “Share.” That way all your friends can know that you’ve been streaming Fetch The Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple on loop for the past 12 hours.

Where can I find lyrics and credits on Tidal?

To find lyrics, you can click the lyric button on the “Now playing” screen, and read along as you listen. For more info on a track, album or video, you can press the info button on any content. You can see everything from producers to mixing engineers to backing vocals on this screen. So next time you’re talking about a track with your colleagues you can drop some fun facts, like OK Computer‘s artwork was done by Tchocky, or you can recite the lyrics of Paranoid Android. Impressive!

With all this helpful info, you can use Tidal to the fullest and enjoy the music you love and find even more to enjoy as well. If you’re paying $9.99/month (or more), you’re really missing out if you don’t at least try out everything! Happy listening!