There’s no more free Tidal here.
TiDown, your friendly, everyday Tidal downloading tool designed to help you download Tidal songs (illegally) has been shut down by Tidal. This comes days after it was officially released on GitHub.
Speaking with TorrentFreak, German teenage coder Lordmau5 said,
“I recently looked into some potential APIs and found out that it’s super simple to get the stream-/offline-URL for the tracks [from TIDAL] and… well… that’s when the coding began.”
The TiDown tool was a command-line tool. But images posted by Lordmau5 on imgur allowed users to quickly figure out how to find albums, tracks, and playlists, copy and paste them onto the command-line prompt. Then, VOILA! High-quality Tidal music served right on your desktop.
How did TiDown actually work? Much easier than you’d think. Lordmau5 said,
“This is an actual downloader. You are logging into TIDAL through the tool and you get the direct ‘stream-URLs’ that can then be downloaded.”
Lordmau5 was an experienced programmer prior to releasing TiDown. He previously released a tool back in March for downloading MP3s from Spotify, freely available on his GitHub.
With TiDown, Lordmau5 had apparently faced trolling from people who thought that he didn’t make a proper working downloader for the service. His response? He created “the most ancient-looking site possible” along with those ancient “trashy ‘promo’ video” on YouTube.
The DMCA Smackdown.
Lordmau5 was hoping for a free month without enforcement. The reason? “That’s the free trial for TIDAL,” he said.
If you head to TiDown’s official GitHub, you’ll find a straightforward DMCA message. The official forum post shows that Reed Smith, LLP had requested the takedown on behalf of Tidal. The accusation?
“The code provided by the user can be used to circumvent access controls to copyright protected works.”
Lordmau5 recently told TorrentFreak that he has no plans to fight the DMCA, which is wrong on a technicality.
“The DMCA request says that I would’ve used their source code, which is wrong. So *technically* the DMCA is illegal and I could sue them over that. However, since I don’t have or know a lawyer in that area, and it would cost a fortune to pay the cost, I’ll just let it rest for now.”
Takedown image by Donald Ogg, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC by 2.0)