Tidal format change and album(s) unavailable

Core Machine (Operating system/System info/Roon build number)

Roon OS (build 186)/Roon 1.7 (build 528) on Intel NUC 7I5BNK

Network Details (Including networking gear model/manufacturer and if on WiFi/Ethernet)

Synology RT2600AC router
Core is wired with ethernet cable
Roon remote on Windows 10 PC (Ethernet) / Android phone (Wifi)

Audio Devices (Specify what device you’re using and its connection type - USB/HDMI/etc.)

LS50W (Ethernet)
PC Speakers output
Nvidia Shield [Chromecast] (Ethernet)

Description Of Issue

Recently I noticed that one or two Tidal albums added as FLAC quality are switching to AAC in my library.
It’s like the third in two weeks. I have to remove it and add once again as CD quality. But doing that, all playcount information are lost and the album is marked as new.
I also noticed that at least one Tidal album (Florist - If blue could be happiness) in my library can’t be played, an error message stating that the tracks are not available. On the album page, the tracks are not marked as unavailable, and the album could be played with the Tidal app.

Tidal and other streaming services swap out albums all the time.
You notice it in roon especially if you have added the album to your library as roon only plays THAT specific version, so as to retain any editing you have done. If Tidal swap it out and effectively change its identifier then roon loses track of it. There may well the same album available but it’s not the same as yours, hence the need to add it in again.
The format changes are probably due to licensing changes.

If you search the forum you will find many similar posts.

I tried to remove and add the unavailable album again in my library ( Florist - If blue could be happiness if anyone can/want to try), but after clicking on the Add to library button, the album page disappears with the message This album has been deleted instead.
As the album is still available in Tidal app, I don’t understand what is happening.

The last album affected was Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind which was just released last week. I doubt this album was the subject of license changes.

Anyway, if someone experiences currently the same kind of problem or if someone of the Roon team has an official explanation, feel free to update this thread.

Hi @AdZero,

Can you share some screenshots of the album and the signal path when playing it so we can take a closer look?


Hi @dylan,

unfortunately I deleted and added once again the album that switched from CD to AAC quality. If it happens again soon, I’ll share a screenshot.

For the album that is not available, here’s a screenshot of the error messages :

I looked into RoonServer logs and here’s an excerpt :

04/09 19:17:41 Debug: [query] Sooloos.Broker.Transport.TransportItem: 5000 dirty items. rebuilding query instead of re-sorting item-by-item (internaltype=TransportItem)
04/09 19:17:41 Debug: [query] Sooloos.Broker.Transport.TransportItem: 5000 dirty items. rebuilding query instead of re-sorting item-by-item (internaltype=TransportItem)
04/09 19:17:41 Trace: [library] endmutation in 24ms
04/09 19:17:41 Debug: [easyhttp] [603] GET to https://metadata.roonlabs.net/1/tracks/168:0:78864962/lyrics returned after 143 ms, status code: 404
04/09 19:17:41 Warn: [tidal/http] GET https://api.tidal.com/v1/tracks/78864963/playbackinfopostpaywall?countryCode=FR&audioquality=HI_RES&assetpresentation=FULL&playbackmode=STREAM => Unauthorized {"status":401,"subStatus":4005,"userMessage":"Asset is not ready for playback"}
04/09 19:17:41 Warn: [tidal/media] could not get playback info for 168:0:78864963: Result[Status=InvalidTrack]
04/09 19:17:41 Info: [zone LS50W] OnPlayFeedback StoppedEndOfMediaUnnatural
04/09 19:17:41 Trace: [LS50W] [Enhanced, 24/44 MQA FLAC => 24/88 MQA] [STOPPED @ 0:00] Instrumental - Florist
04/09 19:17:41 Trace: [LS50W] [zoneplayer/kef] endstream, zp state: Disconnected
04/09 19:17:41 Warn: [tidal/http] GET https://api.tidal.com/v1/tracks/78864964/playbackinfopostpaywall?countryCode=FR&audioquality=HI_RES&assetpresentation=FULL&playbackmode=STREAM => Unauthorized {"status":401,"subStatus":4005,"userMessage":"Asset is not ready for playback"}
04/09 19:17:41 Warn: [tidal/media] could not get playback info for 168:0:78864964: Result[Status=InvalidTrack]
04/09 19:17:41 Trace: [roonapi] [apiclient] CONTINUE Changed {"zones_changed":[{"zone_id":"16011acd17206d369484741325339a1f5cac","display_name":"LS50W","outputs":[{"output_id":"17011acd17206d369484741325339a1f5cac","zone_id":"16011acd17206d369484741325339a1f5cac","can_group_with_output_ids":[],"display_name":"LS50W","volume":{"type":"number","min":0,"max":100,"value":48,"step":1,"is_muted":false,"hard_limit_min":0,"hard_limit_max":80,"soft_limit":60},"source_controls":[{"control_key":"1","display_name":"KEF LS50 Wireless","supports_standby":false,"status":"indeterminate"}]}],"state":"stopped","is_next_allowed":true,"is_previous_allowed":true,"is_pause_allowed":false,"is_play_allowed":true,"is_seek_allowed":false,"queue_items_remaining":2,"queue_time_remaining":287,"settings":{"loop":"disabled","shuffle":false,"auto_radio":false},"now_playing":{"seek_position":null,"length":87,"one_line":{"line1":"Instrumental - Florist"},"two_line":{"line1":"Instrumental","line2":"Florist"},"three_line":{"line1":"Instrumental","line2":"Florist","line3":"If Blue Could Be Happiness"},"image_key":"4e58d73e0e90052294a1425dbcbc939078ed042d692b685c5497ac5628be8b4728dce89c57a67c6fd1c4aed54461b385376b4d75f649a84f81a9cb0ca9bde4060ba978077a77a98048e5ca14ffb06b57707bce111fc76ec0c8933cef129fa7ddc830646ea6d1b8eaf49dc6b3a5d1ed30","artist_image_keys":["4e58d73e0e90052294a1425dbcbc939078ed042d692b685c5497ac5628be8b4794fab8f5b705d380d5942fd6b87d02d19623299361ca3e2313368d44331d36fbbed98cd957eed82c5ae1f033910844bafba5afdc9332906e1df7522b29b841e1b281ab3c3f2c244cd7f364889a840779"]}}],"zones_seek_changed":[{"zone_id":"16011acd17206d369484741325339a1f5cac","queue_time_remaining":287,"seek_position":null}]}

It could be a regional thing. My Tidal is US and I am getting the CD version of Tumor’s newest.

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