Beyoncé Fans And Apple Shareholders: 'Lemonade' Now For Sale Via iTunes
Beyoncé's latest album release, titled "Lemonade," was released exclusively over the weekend on Tidal, her husband Jay Z's streaming music service.
The New York Times, citing a Tidal spokesperson, reported that Tidal would have the exclusive streaming version "in perpetuity." However, Tidal's 3 million subscriber base may have restricted Beyoncé's ability to reach as many fans as possible.
The New York Times added that the new album has been released for sale on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL)'s iTunes as of midnight on Sunday.
The short-lived exclusivity window on Tidal reflects the "growing complexity and fragmentation of the digital music market," the New York Times argued.
"For Beyoncé, whose every move is watched intensely by the music business, releasing an album comes with seemingly irreconcilable pressures regarding, on the one hand, managing her business interests and, on the other, reaching as wide an audience as possible," the publication wrote.
"Adele declined to stream her blockbuster album '25' on any service, and Taylor Swift removed all her albums from Spotify before the release of '1989,' her latest album, which is available on Apple Music, the company's streaming service."
— Jason Shubnell (@JasonShubnell) April 25, 2016
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