Jay Z yanks most of his music catalog from Spotify

Tidal retains an estimated 1-3   million streamers monthly, positioning it alongside   rivals like Napster and Deezer. Over the weekend, rap   legend Jay Z removed most of his music catalog from the streaming   giant, leaving fans of the popular music   service with three full albums of material — 2010’s   The Hits Collection, Volume One,   2002’s R.Kelly hookup The Best of Both Worlds and its 2004 follow-up   Unfinished Business — amid a smattering   of collaborative singles. The move comes nearly three years after Jay Z launched his subscription-based streaming service Tidal, which has struggled to garner a user base   to rival its digital competitors, including the membership legions of Spotify   (around 50 million) and Apple Music (20 million). Show Full Article Since its 2014 inception — with help from celebrity investors including Madonna, Usher, Nicki Minaj, and   Beyoncé — Tidal has premiered   exclusive, artist-focused content among a selection of 40 million total songs. A representative for the 47-year-old declined   EW’s request for comment   on the Spotify removal. Spotify users around the world are snapping out of their empire   state of mind. Tidal also boasts its high-fidelity sound as a major selling point, relying on “FLAC,” a “more robust, realistic streaming format” that plays “music files that have not been compressed down.”
As of Sunday, Jay Z’s discography is still available to stream on Apple Music and for purchase on iTunes. In January,   Tidal sold   a 33 percent stake to telecom company Sprint for $200 million, which essentially granted it access   to   the corporation’s roughly 45 million customers.