Kanye West Says New Album Will 'Never' Be Available Through Apple Music

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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.

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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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58 months ago
Big win for Apple Music.
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58 months ago
then it'll never be heard.

and he'll still love fishsticks.
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58 months ago
Also goes on sale for $0.00 on pirate websites 30 minutes after it hits Tidal. Will still wind up on iPhones worldwide until someone finally plays it and realizes how bad Kanye's music has become the last few years.
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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58 months ago
Oh thank god!!! Beats 1 is already over run with crap music! This would have just added to it. So thank you Mr. West, keep your music away from Apple Music forever!!!
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58 months ago
Such arrogance. Sometimes these artists forget entirely about their fans and only care about the money. To me, he's like a Kardashian.. He's always in the media but no one really gives a ****.
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58 months ago
I really hope Drake, Nicki Minaj, tyga, Rick Ross, jay-Z his wife and baby blue velvet, lil'Wayne and Chris Brown all follow in Kanye West footsteps. Apple Music would be so much better without those no talent waste of space taking up all the Apple Music screen
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