Kanye West waves Tidal goodbye

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Kanye is said to have walked over a money dispute.
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Since being acquired by Jay-Z, Tidal has been heavily reliant on superstar names to attract new subscribers — but it just lost a big one.

According to one report, Kanye West has walked away from the service over a dispute regarding payments for The Life of Pablo and exclusive music videos.

Jay Z takes shots at Jimmy Iovine and Apple Music on latest album

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Jay Z's got 99 problems, and Apple Music is one.
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The new album from Jay Z is nearly impossible to stream through legal methods this week, but if you are one of the lucky few that gets to listen to it, you’ll hear the Jigga Man taking shots at one of his biggest rivals: Apple Music.

On one of the tracks for his album 4:44, Jay Z — owner of the struggling music streaming service Tidal — calls out Apple Music boss Jimmy Iovine and talks about his beef with Apple saying he wants more than what Apple offers artists.

What they said: Best Apple quotes of 2016

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Best Apple quotes 2016
If you can't say something nice ...
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2016 Year in Review Cult of Mac The world of quotes is a poorer place without Steve Jobs, who was a quote machine. Nonetheless, plenty of people talked about Apple this year, whether lauding the company’s successes or damning its strategies.

Here are the most memorable Apple quotes of 2016.

Apple might buy struggling competitor Tidal

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A Tidal acquisition would give Apple Music even more artist exclusives.
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Jay Z and Apple might be joining forces.

Apple has dominated the jigga man’s streaming service, Tidal, ever since the launch of Apple Music one year ago, but a new report claims that the iPhone-maker is in exploratory talks to acquire the music streaming service.

Spotify enlists Lady Gaga’s manager to fight Apple Music

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Troy Carter is bringing his talents to Spotify.
Troy Carter is bringing his talents to Spotify.
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The battle between Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music for exclusive content from artists is about to get fiercer, thanks to a new hire from Spotify that has connections to some of the hottest musicians around.

Troy Carter, the guy who helped turn Lady Gaga and Meghan Trainor into pop superstars, is reportedly joining Spotify to help it scores more exclusive music deals to draw in subscribers.

Kanye West and Tidal in hot water for putting Life of Pablo on Apple Music

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The self-proclaimed 'Next Steve Jobs' is in trouble for loving Apple.
The self-proclaimed 'Next Steve Jobs' is in trouble for loving Apple.
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Kanye West tricked fans into subscribing to Tidal, claims a new class-action lawsuit against the rapper for backtracking on his commitment to make ‘The Life of Pablo’ a Tidal exclusive.

Yeezus originally proclaimed that his highly anticipated new album would be available exclusively on Tidal and would never go on sale. In a Twitter rant a few days after the album’s release, West told fans the album would “never ever be on Apple,” only to turn around a month later and put it on Apple Music and Spotify.

It looks like it’s about to all fall down on Kanye, Jay Z and Tidal, now that some gold diggers are claiming it was all just a ploy to boost Tidal’s subscribers.

Heartless Kanye has Apple Music fling behind Tidal’s back

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The self-proclaimed 'Next Steve Jobs' is in trouble for loving Apple.
Kanye West showing off his snazzy Apple Watch Edition.
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Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo album has arrived on Apple Music — making something of a mockery of Mr. Kim Kardashian’s claim last month that the album would “never never never be on Apple.”

We guess by “never” he meant “you’ll have to wait six more weeks.”

Kanye ‘the next Steve Jobs’ West turns his back on Apple

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The self-proclaimed 'Next Steve Jobs' is in trouble for loving Apple.
Kanye rocking his Apple Watch Edition.
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Whether it’s proclaiming himself the next Steve Jobs, screening the recent Aaron Sorkin movie as a birthday gift for his wife, appearing with a rare custom gold-band Apple Watch Edition, or inviting Steve Wozniak to be one of the first to see his baby daughter, Kanye West has always been an enormous Apple fan.

That appears to have changed, however, with the mercurial rapper/pop star sending out a series of bizarre tweets in which — among many, many other things — he pleads with Facebook and Google (but not Apple) to invest $1 billion in “Kanye West ideas” and says that his latest album will never appear on Apple Music.