Tidal on CarPlay: Seamless Music Streaming on the Road

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Do you know that Tidal supports Apple CarPlay now? As one of the emerging music streaming services around the world, users will be able to stream Tidal music directly through their infotainment systems on over 800 car models that support Apple CarPlay. In the following section, I will share detailed instructions on how to play Tidal on Apple CarPlay. What’s more, I will even share an extra method of listening to Tidal music in your car without a subscription.

Requirements for using Tidal on Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay is a smartphone integration system that enhances the driving experience by connecting iPhones to compatible car models. It lets you to make calls, send and receive message, get directions, listen to music, and more.

Which iPhones support CarPlay? CarPlay support is available on iPhone 5 and newer devices running iOS 7.1 or later.

Which cars are compatible with CarPlay? According to Apple, there are over 800 car models that support CarPlay through a USB connection. Please verify whether your car is included in the CarPlay Supported Model list.

Here, we can outline the requirements for using Tidal on Apple CarPlay:

Steps for playing Tidal on Apple CarPlay

If you've meet the above requirements, please just follow the steps below to play Tidal on Apple CarPlay.

Step 1 Connect your iPhone to your car's USB port using a usb cable. The car's built-in display will then display either the 'Apple CarPlay' icon or a 'smartphone' icon.

Step 2 Open the 'Settings' app on your iPhone. Navigate to 'General' > 'CarPlay' > 'Available Cars.' From the list of available cars, select your car.

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Step 3 Launch the most recent Tidal app on your iPhone, and it will automatically mirror onto your car's display.

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Step 4 On your car's touchscreen, select 'Tidal', and login to your Tidal account, sync your Tidal playlists or favorites, then play Tidal music in your car using Apple CarPlay.

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Other methods to play Tidal music in Car

Can I play Tidal in car without CarPlay?(using Bluetooth)

Sure, besides the Apple CarPlay, there are serveral other methods to play tidal in Car without CarPlay.

1. Bluetooth If your car and mobile iPhone support the Bluetooth mode, you can connect your Phone to your Car.

To play Tidal music in your car through Bluetooth, just activate Bluetooth on both your car and your smartphone, pair these two devices by establishing a connection. Finally, launch the Tidal app on your smartphone, choose a song, and play the Tidal music when you drive.

2. Android Auto If your mobile phone is not iPhone, then it should be Android device. In such case, you'll need to play Tidal on Android Auto.

To do so, just install Android Auto app to your Android phone, connect your Android phone to your car via usb cable or bluetooth. Then open the Tidal app on your Phone and login to your account, find your playlists to play Tidal with Andro Auto.

Can I Play Tidal in My Car Without a Premium Subscription?

It appears that Tidal offers two subscription services: HiFi and HiFi-Plus. Unfortunately, you cannot access Tidal without a subscription at this time. To begin, you'll need to initiate a 30-day free trial. Afterward, you'll be required to pay for the service.

Does this mean that you cannot listen to Tidal in your car without a subscription? Definitely not! With the Epubor Tidal Downloader, you can download your Tidal music in MP3, FLAC, or other formats for backup. Then you can listen later even when your subscription has expired.

Step 1 Download and install Tidal Downloader. It is avaiable for both Windows and Mac platform.


Step 2 Download Tidal music app for Windows or Mac from Tidal official website. Then log into it.

Step 3 Launch Epubor Tidal Downloader. After the Tidal library loaded, drag them from left side to right, choose the target format, then click on "Convert to ..." to start the conversion. Tidal Downloader is super easy to use. Tidal Downloader is incredibly user-friendly. You can also refer to the Tidal Download User Guide for further instructions on its usage.

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Step 4 Transfer your Tidal music to a USB drive now. Now that you've successfully converted your Tidal music to MP3, FLAC, M4A, or other formats, simply connect your USB drive to your computer and copy and paste the downloaded Tidal music onto it. Afterward, safely unplug the USB drive and insert it into your car. After a brief wait, you can enjoy Tidal music in your car directly, even if your Tidal subscription has expired.

1: Please download your Tidal music while your subscription is still valid. Otherwise, you will not be able to use Epubor Tidal Downloader to download Tidal music.

2: With this method, you can also obtain your Tidal music for offline listening on any of your favorite devices.

3: The trial limitation of Epubor Tidal Downloader is that it can only download a total of 3 songs.

FAQ on listening to Tidal on Apple CarPlay

Question 1: Does Tidal Work on Apple CarPlay?

A: Indeed, starting from 2017, Tidal users have had the capability to stream Tidal directly in their cars through the connection of their iPhones. Just ensure you have a compatible iPhone, and your car stereo is equipped with Apple CarPlay.

Question 2: What Music Streaming Service Does CarPlay Support?

A: Apple CarPlay supports many popular music streaming apps, including Spotify, Amazon Music, Tidal, Audible, LiveOne Music, and more. Here is a list of the essential apps for CarPlay.

Question 3: Can Siri control Tidal on Apple CarPlay?

A: Yes, Siri can now operate music streaming service Tidal on iOS devices like it does Apple Music or Spotify. So you can tell the Siri to play Tidal music for you.

Question 4: Does Apple CarPlay play lossless audio?

A: You can enjoy lossless audio through CarPlay by connecting via USB. Please note that streaming lossless audio in a car over a cellular network will result in considerably higher data usage.

Question 5: Can I play Tidal offline without internet connection?

A: Yes, you can play your downloaded Tidal music without internet connections. To stream without using your data, you must first enable Offline Mode in your settings. If Offline Mode is not enabled, you will continue to stream using your data. If you have no internet connection available, and the app still appears as Online, you may encounter cannot play Tidal offline error.

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