Tidal Connect and Apple Lossless for BalenaSound?

has anyone tried to cast from Tidal to a balenaSound streaming node?
The 320 MP3 shouldn’t be a problem, but MQA…the highest resolution they offer at their highest price tier…can Balena handle it if the DAC can?
and with the changes coming shortly to apple music (and presumably AirPlay) to handle Apple’s Lossless Audio codec and Dolby Atmos…we should look at those too please.

Hello there,

balenaSound uses shariport-sync (GitHub - mikebrady/shairport-sync: AirPlay audio player. Shairport Sync adds multi-room capability with Audio Synchronisation) for AirPlay support. If/when that project introduces those changes we can get them merged upstream.

Regarding Tidal support, there is currently an ongoing PR to add support for it here: [WIP]: Tidal connect plugin by shawaj · Pull Request #399 · balenalabs/balena-sound · GitHub, maybe you can try it out.

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I will poke around on github and see if I can help in any way.
HiFiBerry says their DAC+Pro is 32bit-192kHz capable, and a Pi4-8GB shouldn’t hesitate/blink/hiccup at FLAC or Apple’s version before I put it together…
Thanks for the speedy reply!

Awesome! If you have any questions feel free to ping me ((at)tmigone) either here or on GitHub, I’m the main developer for balenaSound so I can probably help :stuck_out_tongue:

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The hifiberry people pointed me to a thread for their OS:


Is there anything there that could help bring it to us?

@tmigone is this now a built-in feature or do I have to build it myself?

Hey, sorry for the delay. Yeah Tidal connect is what the PR I linked uses. Development on that is halted due to the original author working on something else but I’ll see if I can get my hands on it in the near future.

Thanks :+1:t2: I would appreciate that - I wouldn’t know where to begin to build a module

Hi there @tmigone ! Do you happen to know more on the current status of this? Many thanks!