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.
If talks pan out, Apple Music listeners could get first access to the biggest new albums, giving the service an edge on Spotify.
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.
TIDAL currently has 3 million subscribers, compared to Apple’s 15 million and Spotify’s 30 million subscribers based on numbers from March.
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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