I wake up in the morning, ok sometimes noon, turn on my PC which is connected to my home stereo system, start playing music, and then go to wash my face and make my morning tea. I am one of those who just can’t live without music, my only true medicine.
But I am not from one of those who archive their music albums. I use streaming services since the quality got better lately. Used Spotify premium for years, then I switched to Tidal chasing the best quality in streaming music. Now I am a fan of MQA – Master. I am very satisfied with its sound quality.
Using ADSL2 at home, streaming is not a problem, I enjoy listening to MQA tracks without any problem. But when I’m outside, not having a mobile data plan for high-quality streaming, I needed to somehow download tracks to my phone and be able to listen to them offline. In a rather easy way of course. I know you can find many albums in FLAC format online for download, but I am a lazy guy when it comes to that. Searching for an album or track in Tidal is much easier, and we have a way to download them too, thanks to a program called “Tidal Media Downloader”, Tidal-GUI in our guide.
Before we begin, you need to have Tidal subscription to be able to use this program. If you don’t use Tidal but still want experience MQA tracks, make a comment under this Youtube video which album you want to download, subscribe to my channel and I will upload the album to mega.
Copy the tracks you want to listen to your phone. For your info, the only way to listen to MQA tracks on Android is to use the app called UAPP, you can download it from Google Playstore
Isn’t there a catch? Yes, there is. Tidal-GUI can download the tracks in 16bit only even it’s recorded in 24bit. But still, with MQA signature, better than many FLACs you can find online, at least on your fingertips, no need to get lost on the internet to find it. And you barely hear the difference.
Here is my subreddit page if you want to browse some MQA Albums from every genre, growing day to day. You can share your favorite albums there too.
UPDATE: You can download MQA Tracks in full 24bit quality with the latest version.