TIDAL is a subscription-based music streaming service that provides lossless audio streaming. Subscribers can stream millions of losslessly encoded tracks to both TIDAL's own apps, as well as Roon.

The Roon + TIDAL is an experience far beyond Roon alone or TIDAL alone, as it allows you to navigate your own music without unwanted content cluttering up your experience while giving you the right touches of extra content exactly where you want them the most.

Enabling TIDAL

Roon will prompt you to add your TIDAL account on first launch, but you can always link Roon and TIDAL at any time from the Services tab of Settings. Click the navigation icon at the top left of the Roon window, then click Settings, and open the Services tab. From here you can click Login to link your TIDAL account in Roon:

Here you can also choose the streaming quality that Roon will use for TIDAL content:

Browsing TIDAL and adding albums to your library

Browsing TIDAL is easy if you've already enabled TIDAL in Roon. Just click the navigation icon at the top left of the Roon window, then TIDAL. Here you can access what's new on TIDAL, TIDAL's Rising list, Playlists, Genres, your Favorites, and our Collections. If you want to add an album to your library, just click it to open the album detail screen, then click + Add To Library. This will add the album to your Roon library so it's accessible alongside your local albums, and add it as a favorite in the TIDAL client.

Why aren't the latest albums on TIDAL available in Roon?

When you're browsing TIDAL in Roon, you're seeing Roon's TIDAL database, not a direct pass-through of what's shown on TIDAL -- that's why there's so much more metadata, like recording dates, lyrics, links to composers, credits, etc. This is also why Roon can sometimes be slightly behind TIDAL when a brand new release comes out -- our database is generated multiple times per week, but sometimes a new album will just barely miss the cutoff and will show up in a day or two.

TIDAL Collections

The truth is, not everyone has thousands of albums in their personal collections or even thousands of tracks. And not everyone uses a streaming service. If you're one of those people you're not missing out on what Roon has to offer, but we know that you'll enjoy Roon more when there's more music instantly at your fingertips.

We wanted to make it easy for people who are new to TIDAL, or just have small music collections, to add new music to their library and get to listening when they launch Roon for the first time. That's what we did with TIDAL Collections. Just open the TIDAL browser in Roon and click the Collections header. You can click the genres that interest you, and Roon will add a collection of albums from each selected genre as favorites to your TIDAL library. These albums are not stored on your hard drive, and you can always remove them later.

The TIDAL collections that you select will also automatically create corresponding Tags; for example, the TIDAL "Alternative" collection will create the "TIDAL: Alternative" tag.

If you already have an extensive TIDAL collection, then this feature may not be for you. This feature adds music to your favorites, and because Roon already helps you find new music based on what's in your favorites, our TIDAL collections feature may be more distracting than helpful.
    • Related Articles

    • FAQ: I added collections from Tidal, how do remove that content?

      Albums from Tidal collections are tagged on import, so you can access them by Focusing on those tags. Click Albums from the navigation menu to open the Album browser, then click the icon at the top of the screen. Here you'll see tags for the Tidal ...
    • Metadata Model

      Introduction This document is meant to serve as a technical reference to Roon's metadata model. Roon models your metadata in an object graph. This means that there are a set of objects--such as albums, tracks, performers, performances, compositions, ...
    • Editing and Grooming Your Collection

      Even prior to our launch in May '15, it was clear Roon needed to do much more to meet the needs of users who want to exert control over how metadata is displayed and experienced in the app. At launch, Roon was focused on the user who wants their ...
    • FAQ: What does "Add To My Library" do?

      When you first set up Roon, all your music is identified by our cloud metadata service, which retrieves detailed information about the songs and albums in your library. Once your music has been added, you'll be ready to start browsing your library in ...
    • Export

      Basics Roon's Export feature copies files from your Core to other locations, and "tags' the files as they appear in Roon. Common reasons for using Export include: Copying files so you can take them with you, such as to your laptop for a vacation To ...
    Ask the Roon Community
    Thousands of Roon subscribers and audio enthusiasts are chatting over on our community site right now, join them! You don't even need a Roon subscription to sign up.

    Something you can't find?
    If you're still stuck, don't hesitate to let us know and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.