Is Tidal for all? Artists involved with Jay Z’s streaming services have been turning their Twitter profiles turquoise and tweeting #TIDALforALL. But Tidal has been getting some major backlash with critics saying Tidal will only make the rich richer. Tidal critics go on to say that Tidal is too expensive for the average music lover. Critics say even a struggling singer won’t do well with the terms of the agreement.
Tidal’s big selling point is that it’s owned by artists. Jay Z, Kanye West, Madonna and other partners say they are taking control after feeling mistreated by services like Spotify and Pandora. But that just makes it seem like Tidal is more for the wealthy owners who already have huge bank accounts.
If nothing else, Jay Z has got the nation talking about music subscription services. Tidal, the music subscription service Jay Z acquired for $56 million through a purchase of Aspiro AB, has been covered everywhere from NBC’s The Today Show to NPR’s All Things Considered and everywhere in between. Not bad for the reboot of a high-definition streaming service that had previously — and quietly — launched in late 2014.
Jay Z defended his expensive tastes, comparing his wealth to Apple, Inc, CEo Tim Cook.
“I guess by having a conversation, and telling people what it is. That opinion came before we even explained what it was — “This thing is horrible! … What is it?” You know? You never hear Tim Cook’s net worth whenever he tries to sell you something. Steve Jobs, God bless, he had to have been pretty rich — nobody’s ever said, “Oh, the rich getting richer! I won’t buy an iPhone!” Yeah, right. It’s not about being pretentious; again, this is a thing for all artists.”
He also compared the TIDAL app to Spotify which charges users $9.99.
“You pay $9.99 for Spotify, so why not $9.99 for TIDAL. We’re not asking for anything else, we’re just saying that we’ll spread that money to artists more fairly. We’re not saying anything other than that, and we’re saying that we’re in a position to bring light to this issue. We’re using our power that way.”
Sources: Hollywood Take/Billboard #tidalforall #tidal #jayz #beyonce