Why Use TIDAL With Plex?
Digital music users largely fall into two camps these days: those with their own, personal, curated music collection and others who use a music streaming service. The former group often runs into a dilemma: How do we keep discovering quality new music? How do we avoid losing ourselves, and our curated albums, in an infinite sea of music?
To help provide a bridge between those two worlds, we’ve partnered with TIDAL, who has a vast universe of music, most of it available in high quality FLAC. In addition, we’ve worked out some really great ways to combine it with your own library.
With a TIDAL subscription (whether you already have one or want to start one through us) linked to your Plex account, you’ll be able to access TIDAL’s tens of millions of songs and videos through your Plex apps whenever you want. For those who already have a music library on their Plex Media Server, you’ll see awesome integrations such as albums for an artist that are available on TIDAL, but missing from your library.
Plex Apps that Support TIDAL
The following Plex client/player apps support accessing linked TIDAL content:
- Android (mobile) (v7.8.0 or newer)
- Android TV (v7.8.0 or newer)
- iOS (v5.7.2 or newer)
- Plex Web App (v3.77.2 or newer)*
- Plexamp (v1.1 or newer)
- more app support coming soon!
“Augmenting” an existing Plex music library with TIDAL content requires running Plex Media Server v18.104.22.16870 or newer.
* Initially, only the hosted web app will be a high enough version to access TIDAL content. The web app bundled with Plex Media Server will be updated in the future.
Hiding the TIDAL Music Source
If you don’t wish to see the TIDAL source show up in your apps, you can disable that in your Account settings.
- Open your Accounts page in the web app
- Choose Online Media Sources
- Edit the TIDAL source to enable or disable as desired
Frequently Asked Questions
Is TIDAL free to all Plex users?
No. Access to TIDAL requires a subscription to the TIDAL service, which can be purchased through Plex (or elsewhere, though you won’t enjoy some of the Plex benefits if you purchase elsewhere). It is not a free service. You can start a free TIDAL trial to try things out.
How do I start a TIDAL subscription with Plex?
To start a new TIDAL subscription on a free Plex account (or to add one to a Plex account that already has a Plex Pass subscription), you can visit our main TIDAL page. As part of the sign up process, you’ll get redirected to the TIDAL site to create an account there and confirm that you want to link/authorize Plex.
Related Page: TIDAL on Plex
Do I need a Plex Pass subscription?
A Plex Pass subscription is not required to use TIDAL.
If you do already have a Plex Pass subscription, then you’ll automatically get a discount on the TIDAL subscription for being a Plex Pass subscriber, when signing up through us.
Related Page: Adding TIDAL Subscriptions to Plex
Do I need a Plex Media Server to use TIDAL?
Nope! If you have a TIDAL subscription linked to your Plex account, you can access TIDAL content in a supported app, regardless of whether you have your own Plex Media Server or not.
However, if you do run your own server and have a music library, then you’ll enjoy extra integration with TIDAL such as albums for an artist that are available on TIDAL, but missing from your library.
If I link/add a TIDAL subscription to my account, is it shared with other users?
Having a TIDAL subscription linked to a Plex account is a 1:1 relationship. The Plex account to which it is linked will have access to TIDAL content. Shared accounts (including Plex Home members) will not have access to TIDAL.
If you already have a “Family Premium” or “Family HiFi” TIDAL plan through TIDAL, you can link to a different Plex account for each of the available TIDAL members. (See information on how to link to an existing subscription in our Adding TIDAL Subscriptions to Plex article.)
Related Page: Adding TIDAL Subscriptions to Plex
Are TIDAL subscriptions through Plex the same as elsewhere?
A TIDAL subscription through Plex will be identical to one purchased elsewhere (such as through TIDAL itself), barring a couple of minor differences:
- While the HiFi plan does have access to lossless quality music in Plex, it does not have access to “master-quality” (MQA) music when played through Plex. (You can still access MQA content in TIDAL apps directly.)
- You cannot download TIDAL music to Plex mobile apps for “Offline Mode”. (You can still download tracks for “Offline Mode” in TIDAL apps directly.)
What countries are supported?
TIDAL is currently available in over 50 countries (and growing!). We support the same countries.
Related Page: TIDAL – Where we’re available
How do I migrate to TIDAL if I already use [other streaming music service]?
If you already use another streaming music service, then chances are that you have lots of playlists and favorites that you wouldn’t want to lose. Luckily, you can use a service like Soundiiz to transfer that music data from your old streaming music service to TIDAL!
Related Page: Soundiiz