Perhaps the most recognizable artist that has been against music streaming services, has had a slight change of heart. By now, most people are aware that Taylor Swift does not support music streaming companies (most notably Spotify). The only streaming services with Swift’s projects are Beats Music and Rhapsody, and the country star’s fans can purchase her music on iTunes too.
Yesterday, Jay Z became the official owner of the music streaming company TIDAL. Oddly enough, some of Swift’s albums are available on the service. Who knows why Swift has allowed TIDAL to stream her music? Swift is reportedly friends with Jay Z and Beyoncé, and there’s a possibility she is being supportive of his new venture.
Nonetheless, Swift’s music and other artist projects can be streamed for $19.99 per month. TIDAL is currently offering consumers a seven-day free trial. TIDAL has a library of more than 25 million songs, and it streams quality music at more than four times the rate of its competitors. The streaming company also has over 70,000 music videos, which will be accessible through an app for Android phones, iOS, tablets, and web player.
Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly is also a notable album available to stream on TIDAL. The project is currently Number 1 on the UK and Australian albums chart, which is Lamar’s first number one project on both charts. Ironically, To Pimp a Butterfly made history on Spotify by becoming the most streamed album in twenty-four hours.
TIDAL is now a part of T-Mobile’s Music Freedom service. The service allows consumers to stream music on their phones, without their data plans being charged. Although the service is not limited to T-Mobile customers, T-Mobile does have a restriction on what streaming companies can be used through Music Freedom. Spotify, Pandora, Google Play, and iTunes are not available to use through Music Freedom.
Although cell phones have pretty much replaced iPods and other music playing devices, consumers without unlimited data plans have constantly complained about being charged for data on their phone. It seems TIDAL’s new deal with T-Mobile can help it compete with, and possibly surpass, their music streaming competitors.
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