Apple Explores Buying Jay Z’s TIDAL to Get Kanye & Others

Apple Music users may soon get access to more exclusives and first listen to music from Kanye, Rihanna, Beyonce, Prince and other groups if rumors that Apple plans to buy Jay Z’s TIDAL are true.

Jay Z bought TIDAL in 2015 and relaunched the service with star-studded exclusives including Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, and exclusive first access to Beyonce and Rihanna albums on the service.

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If talks pan out, Apple Music listeners could get first access to the biggest new albums, giving the service an edge on Spotify.

Apple may buy Jay Z's TIDAL to boost Apple Music.

Apple may buy Jay Z’s TIDAL to boost Apple Music.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is in talks with Jay Z to buy TIDAL. Jay Z spent $56 million to buy TIDAL in 2015. Apple bought Beats Music to launch Apple Music.

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TIDAL currently has 3 million subscribers, compared to Apple’s 15 million and Spotify’s 30 million subscribers¬†based on numbers from March.

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A report from March indicates that Samsung passed on buying TIDAL to build a bigger Apple Music competitor and compliment Samsung’s Milk streaming services.

The biggest appeal of TIDAL for Apple is the locked down exclusives from big stars like Beyonce and the Prince. TIDAL is the only place to stream Prince music at this time.

For users the current state of music streaming means that they need to subscribe to more than one service if they want to listen to all their favorite artists. Adele and Taylor Swift are on Apple Music. Beyonce and others are on TIDAL. Spotify does not offer big name exclusives, but delivers a better app experience.

The news comes as Apple Music competitor Spotify claims Apple will not approve an app update to give Apple Music an edge in the online streaming service. Spotify is the largest streaming music competitor to Apple Music.

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Apple Music launched last year and Apple plans an overhaul to the look and feel of the Apple Music app in the iOS 10 update that arrives this fall.

29 iOS 10 Features Worth Upgrading For

iOS 10 Messages, Emojis & Features

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iOS 10 Messages, Emojis & Features

The iOS 10 Messages app is completely new with changes to emoji, app access, stickers, and all kinds of upgrades to the way you communicate with other users. There is even an invisible ink option.

When in messages you can see videos you get play in line while you keep talking. Videos now also play inline in Safari. When you tap the camera icon you immediately see what is in front of your screen.

The iOS 10 Emoji are three times bigger in the transcript and you now see Emoji predictions when you type. After you type a message you can tap the emoji keyboard and iOS 10 highlights words you can substitute emoji for.

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New Bubble effects allow you to shout or whisper when you send a message and there are even full screen animation options when you really need to impress. An invisible ink sending option hides what someone is saying until you swipe.

iPhone users can send handwritten messages, taps with Digital touch and share a heartbeat. When someone shares something awesome you can reply with a tap-back by tapping on message to share a special short reply.

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There are now stickers and you can doodle and draw on photos you take to really spice up your messages. You may not need other keyboards to deliver all your creativity. 

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