Mp3 albums in Tidal HiFi?

#1

Roon Signal Path can be very revealing. I was playing some jazz albums from Tidal and suddenly I noticed that the signal path light was yellow. I had never seen that before!

Changing to another album:

Anyone noticed mp3 albums in Tidal Hifi - or is it something in the communication between Roon and Tidal?

(Chris ) #2

I have seen one or two before, usually older and maybe obscure. I wonder if things change as the play count brings it to someone’s attention.

(GaryM) #3

not every album in Tidal Hi-Fi is FLAC. Some are still mp3.

#4

Bob Reynolds album is on the label “Fresh Sound New Talent”. Just for fun I looked in their catalogue and randomly picked another older album:

And that is also in MP3!

(David) #5

Yes there are a few MP3 albums in there. In tidal the HIFI indicator goes grey when they are MP3. However, I have noticed that some previously MP3 albums are now HIFI. Good on tidal, they are upgrading their catalogue where possible it seems.

In all honesty there are very few, I went though and logged some of my albums in my collection via Tidal and I counted about 6 in 1200 which were not HIFI, ie MP3

(Peter Lie) #6

This looks odd to me.

While I know that there are Tidal albums which are not available in lossless quality, even if the user has a lossless HiFi subscription, I expect those albums to show up as either 320kHz AAC or 96kHz AAC instead of MP3:
https://support.tidal.com/hc/en-us/articles/201594722-How-good-is-the-sound-quality-on-TIDAL-

(GaryM) #7

hmmm. yes, I see that now. That is odd!

#8

Can it be that the label, at least during a period, only supplied Tidal with MP3s? Sound very strange, but if that’s the case I am glad they didn’t convert to another lossy format.

(Peter Lie) #10

I’ve just done further testing for the album in post #1 using Tidal API:

soundQuality setting as LOSSLESS gives 256kbps MP3
soundQuality setting as HIGH gives 256kbps MP3
soundQuality setting as LOW gives 96kbps AAC

#11

Does not feel so good to know that Tidal is re-converting and re-compressing already compressed files.

(Annie Yazbeck) #12

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#13

That is highly illegal practice as all content on Tidal is copyright protected for a reason.I think posting this breaks the rules of the forum.

(Chris ) #14

Tidal do not use DRM they stream music and you can listen, if you want to own it, buy it.

(Marco) #15

Streaming doesn’t automatically mean that there is no DRM.

(Tor Gunnar Berland) #16

I have not read everything in this thread. But a good approach if you find MP3 albums in Tidal Hifi; contact Tidal and complain. Those I have found have been fixed (new version in FLAC were made available).

Or subscribe to Qobuz.