How to play TIDAL on iPod Touch/Nano/Shuffle/Classic

coco's user avatar
May 19, 2022

On May 10, 2022, Apple announced that it will be discontinuing its iPod touch, the last available iPod model. The product will continue to be available through Apple retailers while supplies last. Apple released its first iPod over 20 years ago. The first model of the device hit the market in 2001, with 5GB of storage – up to 1,000 songs – for the price of $399. The iPod shuffle was released in 2005. It was the smallest of Apple’s music devices and didn’t come with a screen. Apple continued to release different versions of the iPod over the years, such as the nano, until it eventually released the iPod touch in 2007.

With the discontinuation of all iPod products, it is not an easy thing to buy an iPod now. If you have one, don’t let it sit idle. Do you know that you can also play songs from music streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, TIDAL, etc. on your iPod? Here in this article we will show you how to play TIDAL music on iPod Touch/Nano/Shuffle/Classic.

TIDAL is famous for its high quality streaming, although currently both Amazon Music and Apple Music have released HD music. TIDAL’s HiFi Plus tier offer music  in Master Quality audio. Master Quality audio reflects the original source and can stream up to 9216 kbps or 24-Bit / 192 kHz (typically 96 kHz / 24 bit).

With Master Quality audio, the label has mined their archives and confirmed that these are the definitive song releases. MQA’s technology ensures this original version is supplied via TIDAL directly to the subscriber: an authenticated and unbroken music file with the highest possible resolution—as flawless as it sounded in the mastering suite. MQA offers our members a more natural, believable, involving and immersive listening experience.

  • Free – Good sound quality (160 Kbps), Limited interruptions.
  • HiFi – $9.99 USD a month with HiFi Sound Quality (up to 1411 Kbps)
  • HiFi Plus – $19.99 USD a month with lossless High Fidelity sound quality (1411 Kbps), Master Quality audio (up to 9216 Kbps), and immersive audio – 360 Reality Audio, Dolby Atmos Music
  • Family HiFi – $14.99 USD a month including up to 5 additional family members totaling 6 on the account. HiFi Sound quality (1411 Kbps)
  • Family HiFi Plus – $29.99 USD a month including up to 5 additional family members totaling 6 on the account. Lossless High Fidelity sound quality (1411 Kbps), Master Quality audio (up to 9216 Kbps), and immersive audio – 360 Reality Audio, Dolby Atmos Music


How to listen to Tidal on iPod Touch

It’s easy to listen to TIDAL on iPod Touch. All you need to do is to install TIDAL app on your iPod Touch and then log in with your account.

However, not all iPod Touch models are able to install TIDAL. TIDAL for iPod Touch requires iOS 13 or later. If your iPod Touch is old and can’t upgrades to iOS 13 and later, follow below alternative way to sync Tidal songs to iPod Touch.

How to Identify your iPod model?

How to transfer TIDAL music to iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic

Unlike iPod Touch, previous iPod models like iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic don’t run iOS and can’t install apps. You need to sync songs to them from iTunes or Finder. However, songs you downloaded from TIDAL app can’t be synced to iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic directly since the songs are DRM protected and can only be played within TIDAL app.

To play Tidal on iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic, you will need to download Tidal music to mp3 and then sync them to iPod, all you need is Pazu Tidal Converter, which allows you to download any Tidal songs, albums and playlists to M4A/MP3/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF on your Mac and Windows. Follow below steps and learn how to download Tidal music to MP3.

Pazu Tidal Converter

  • Download Tidal music to M4A/MP3/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF.
  • Download Tidal music on Mac/Windows.
  • Keep Hi-Fi Audio Quality and ID3 tags.
  • Fast conversion speed.

1. Run Pazu Tidal Converter

Download, install and run Pazu Tidal Converter on your Windows, which features a built-in Tidal web player.

If you have purchased a license, click the key icon to register the converter. If not, continue using the trial version.

2. Log in your Tidal account

Follow the onscreen instructions to log in yout Tidal account.

3. Choose output format

The default output format is M4A. Pazu Tidal Music Converter also supports MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF. Click the Gear icon on the top right corner to change output format or output folder if you need.

You can also customize output song name with any combination of Title, Artist, Album, Track Number, Playlist Index.

4. Add TIDAL songs

Click any playlist you want to download.

Then click the red icon to load songs. All songs in the playlist will be added by default. You can uncheck the songs you don’t want to get.

5. Start to download TIDAL to MP3

Click Convert button to start downloading Tidal music to the format you choose.

After conversion, click the folder icon to quickly locate the downloaded Tidal songs in the format you choose. You can then transfer and play it anywhere.

Step 6. Import downloaded Tidal MP3 songs to Serato DJ

The easiest way to load music from your computer into your Serato DJ library is by using the Files button.

1. Click on the FILES tab to open the files panel. The left side of this window displays various locations on your computer hard drive (and external drives if you have one). Click on these locations to navigate your computer and find your music. By default, your music will usually be found in the “Music” folder inside your computer user folder.

2. Once you have located your music, drag the folder or files you want to import onto the “All…” icon on the left side.

If you wish to import all of your music, just drag your whole music folder onto this icon. This will import any compatible file contained in this master folder from your hard drive into the Serato DJ Pro Library.

TIP: You can also import by dragging files and folders directly from Windows Explorer (PC) or Finder (Mac) into the Serato DJ Pro library.
Loading a file to either deck from the files panel will automatically add it to your library.

TIP: Dragging a folder into the crates view will instantly create a crate.

Spotify song on Serato DJ