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    TIDAL connection thru LMS only streams at MP3 quality

    Hello:
    After much tinkering, I got TIDAL running on LMS, ver 7.9.1. Even though I have a TIDAL HiFi subscription (streaming at FLAC quality), when I launch the IOS Squeezepad app and listen thru my home audio system (Transporter SE), the streaming is only done at MP3 quality. Under the TIDAL plugin, 'Streaming Quality' tab there is the following annotation:
    Please note that FLAC is only available to TIDAL HiFi users. MP3 will automatically be used otherwise.
    I called tech support at both TIDAL and LMS Support, and they both told me to contact the other team.
    Anyone else seen this, or better yet, gotten FLAC quality music to stream?

    TIA
    gregor

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    Are you sure you aren't getting the FLAC stream? I believe that statement is just a disclaimer just in case you do not have a HIFI subscription but were expecting FLAC. I use the Ipeng app and it reports I am streaming the FLAC version of Spoon's album Hot Thoughts even though I also see that same statement when I open the Tidal plugin. I also know that even for HIFI subscribers there are numerous albums where Tidal only has the MP3 to stream.

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    TIDAL FLAC streaming

    Good points.
    When I log in to the TIDAL site or use their app, it definitely says HiFi user, and does stream FLAC. I just don't know at that point (or how) LMS uses my login info, although it must.
    It SHOULD come up FLAC, but.... when I first signed up to TIDAL, I didn't sign up for HiFi level, but upgraded after a few days. So, if LMS is somehow caching that info somewhere within the bowels of the program, it might not see the HiFi level membership.
    To your point, I'm not for sure that it's NOT FLAC. I'll have to get iPeng and try it out to see what it says.

    thanks for responding!

    gregor

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    TIDAL connection thru LMS onlystreams at MP3 quality

    > To your point, I'm not for sure that it's NOT FLAC. I'll have to get
    > iPeng and try it out to see what it says.


    No need for iPeng: just bring up the track information menu from the Now
    Playing screen (the title bar on the Touch or similar).

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    Michael

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    Dang! I never knew that track info was available....so it does seem to be streaming in FLAC after all.

    I'm going to spend some time in the Squeezepad forum and website to see what ELSE it will do!

    Thanks Michael!

    gregor

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregor View Post
    Dang! I never knew that track info was available....so it does seem to be streaming in FLAC after all.

    I'm going to spend some time in the Squeezepad forum and website to see what ELSE it will do!

    Thanks Michael!

    gregor
    I have recently upgraded to LMS 7.9.1 and I also have this problem with the Logitech Tidal plugin. It is only streaming mp3 for albums and tracks that I know are FLAC files (I have played them before as FLAC in LMS 7.8)
    I have had a HIFI subscription for a year now.
    I have set the quality to FLAC / MP3 in the tidal plugin and have LMS set to "Unlimited".

    Not sure what else to do, can anyone offer any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailorboy View Post
    I have recently upgraded to LMS 7.9.1 and I also have this problem with the Logitech Tidal plugin. It is only streaming mp3 for albums and tracks that I know are FLAC files (I have played them before as FLAC in LMS 7.8)
    I have had a HIFI subscription for a year now.
    I have set the quality to FLAC / MP3 in the tidal plugin and have LMS set to "Unlimited".

    Not sure what else to do, can anyone offer any suggestions?
    From the logs I can see the following, which I assume means that the plugin is requesting MP3 files. So do we have a disconnect between the plugin and the Tidal account type?:
    17-09-13 15:41:30.3105] Slim::Plugin::WiMP::ProtocolHandler::_getTrack (179) Getting next track playback info from SN for wimp://63019212.mp3
    [17-09-13 15:45:46.5806] Slim::Plugin::WiMP::ProtocolHandler::_getTrack (179) Getting next track playback info from SN for wimp://63019213.mp3
    [17-09-13 15:50:44.9627] Slim::Plugin::WiMP::ProtocolHandler::_getTrack (179) Getting next track playback info from SN for wimp://63019214.mp3
    [17-09-13 15:55:41.4473] Slim::Plugin::WiMP::ProtocolHandler::_getTrack (179) Getting next track playback info from SN for wimp://63019215.mp3

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    TIDAL connection thru LMS onlystreams at MP3 quality

    Did you _ever_ disable flac streaming in the TIDAL settings on mysb.com?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mherger View Post
    Did you _ever_ disable flac streaming in the TIDAL settings on mysb.com?
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    Michael
    Hi Michael, I am not aware of any setting in mysb.com where you can disable flac streaming? I just had another look, and I cant see any setting like that?
    Are you able to show a screen-shot of where that is?
    Cheers
    Colin

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    It's the last menu item:

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    http://www.herger.net/slim-plugins - Spotty, MusicArtistInfo

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