Kanye West’s latest album, „The Life of Pablo,“ is available exclusively on Tidal, the Apple Music rival service created by Jay Z. According to West, he has no plans to offer „The Life of Pablo“ through other streaming services, including Apple Music, instead intending for it to be a permanent Tidal exclusive.
In a tweet shared this afternoon, West said „The Life of Pablo“ will „never never never“ be available through Apple, a statement that presumably includes both Apple Music and iTunes.
The seriousness of West’s claim about never releasing the album on Apple Music and other streaming services is unclear, as his recent tweets declaring himself to be $53 million in debt and asking Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page for money may point towards a muddled state of mind.
West, who is an investor in Tidal, announced the launch of his new „The Life of Pablo“ album over the weekend following a performance on Saturday Night Life. While West originally planned to release the album on his website as well as streaming it on Tidal, he later changed his mind to encourage potential listeners to buy a Tidal subscription, priced at $9.99 a month for a standard premium subscription or $19.99 a month for a HiFi subscription.
West’s decision has made the Tidal iOS app the top free iPhone app in Apple’s App Store, according to the company’s App Store charts.
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