Kanye West changes his tune, releases a single track from new album on Apple Music

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After vowing to never bring his latest creation, "The Life of Pablo," to Apple Music, Kanye West has released a single track from the hit album on streaming services, including Apple's own.




The track "Famous" from West's latest album can now be streamed from Apple Music, though it is not available to purchase on the iTunes Store. The track is also available to subscribers of Google Play Music, and can be heard by Spotify members as well.

"The Life of Pablo" debuted on streaming service Tidal last month, of which West is part owner. The outspoken rapper repeatedly said that the album will never come to Apple Music, remaining exclusive to Tidal.

That remains partially true --?"The Life of Pablo" can only be heard in its entirety via Tidal. But as of Monday, "Famous" is no longer a Tidal exclusive, as first noted by Pitchfork.

The release of "Famous" on Apple Music is an updated version of the song, as West has been tweaking his latest creation post-release. That prompted Tidal to extend some free trials to the service by 30 days, so users could hear the latest version of the album.

In attempting to compete with the likes of Apple Music and Spotify, Tidal has banked on exclusive releases from artists like West, Prince and Beyonce. The service costs $10 per month -- like Spotify or Apple Music -- but also offers a unique $20 tier with lossless audio. Another distinguishing aspect is that the service pays higher royalties than its competitors, making it more artist-friendly.
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  • Reply 1 of 34
    And now the quality of the Apple Music library has been diminished. 
    jbdragonbdkennedy1002lmagoophone-ui-guypujones1pscooter63icoco3calibrakkencornchip
  • Reply 2 of 34
    irelandireland Posts: 17,617member
    Please stop reporting this guy's every action as news.
    bdkennedy1002lmagoobraderunnerphone-ui-guyjackansimdriftmeyerblurlabspscooter63icoco3cali
  • Reply 3 of 34
    Stupid ass comments. He may constantly be acting out in the media, but TLOP is the best hip hop album of 2016 period.
  • Reply 4 of 34
    Stupid ass comments. He may constantly be acting out in the media, but TLOP is the best hip hop album of 2016 period.
    Right. We'll just take your word for that, eh? 
    bdkennedy1002lmagoobraderunnerjackansirazorpitblurlabsicoco3calijony0stevenoz
  • Reply 5 of 34
    friedmudfriedmud Posts: 160member
    The best orange colored album this year is by Joywave.  It even has the same "wide variation" in song styles that TLOP and other pop music does: https://open.spotify.com/album/1V2wNwIA0AZ9dne5B8nMV1

    lol

    If you don't get it, read here: http://theindiesound.com/joywave-trolls-listeners-with-swish/
  • Reply 6 of 34
    Stupid ass comments. He may constantly be acting out in the media, but TLOP is the best hip hop album of 2016 period.
    If it were the best, he wouldn't be so desperate. And he's desperate because he's a waste of space.
    lmagoobraderunnerjackansirazorpitjony0sergioz
  • Reply 7 of 34
    I guess Kanye wasn't making much money from his album on Tidal despite the publicity he created for it by ragging about Apple.  So obviously he has released it on iTunes without much word. 
    lmagoobraderunnerjackansicalijony0brakken
  • Reply 8 of 34
    spice-boyspice-boy Posts: 837member
    ireland said:
    Please stop reporting this guy's every action as news.
    It is news, Apple is in the music business as in distributor of recorded music, Kanye love him or not is a big player in the music industry. If the article was about his wife then I would agree with you. 
    roundaboutnow
  • Reply 9 of 34
    roakeroake Posts: 642member
    Sounds like ass...   :-( 

    Does this mean Mark Zuckerberg didn't give him the $53 million he was begging for?

    Maybe he should beg Taylor Swift instead.
    edited March 2016 razorpitcalijony0diplicationcornchip
  • Reply 10 of 34
    roakeroake Posts: 642member
    Stupid ass comments. He may constantly be acting out in the media, but TLOP is the best hip hop album of 2016 period.
    Thanks for the heads-up.  I guess that means all the other hip-hop albums of 2016 sound even worse than ass...
    lmagoorazorpitdiplication
  • Reply 11 of 34
    Called it.
    more coming soon. 
    calicornchip
  • Reply 12 of 34
    Also, kanyes child should no longer do his graphic design...
    jackansicornchip
  • Reply 13 of 34
    quinneyquinney Posts: 2,525member
    Part of the syndrome of being a blowhard narcissist is that your word is not worth anything.
    braderunnerphone-ui-guynolamacguycalijony0brakkencornchip
  • Reply 14 of 34
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,968member
    It is not his change of heart. Stupid, it is economics that brings mighty ego down to the earth.
    edited March 2016 cornchip
  • Reply 15 of 34
    This is probably as good a time as I'll ever find for utterly shameless self-promotion:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kick-it/id620886205

    cali
  • Reply 16 of 34
    Kanye is learning to be a true politician now.. Make statements/promises then reneg on them when it suits their needs.
    calilostkiwicornchip
  • Reply 17 of 34
    ceek74ceek74 Posts: 324member
    ppartekim said:
    Kanye is learning to be a true politician now.. Make statements/promises then reneg on them when it suits their needs.
    Trump/Kanye 2016!  /s
    cornchip
  • Reply 18 of 34
    pujones1pujones1 Posts: 153member
    He can say all the stuff about Apple he wants to say. He made a lot of noise, got the free media attention with his crazy rants (which were totally stupid but a good play for the publicity and exposure), and vowed that his music wouldn't be on iTunes. Not being on iTunes was a dumb move and didn't make good business sense hence the silent back track. He, the Kardashians and the Jenner dude are masters of using the media and their followers. I'm not condoning, just saying. I won't spend any money on his album but I'll damn sure take a free copy just to collect.
  • Reply 19 of 34
    jcs2305jcs2305 Posts: 761member
    Stupid ass comments. He may constantly be acting out in the media, but TLOP is the best hip hop album of 2016 period.
    It's March 2016... so you mean your "opinion" is this is the best so far this year? :wink: 
    Sir_Turkey
  • Reply 20 of 34
    Complete waste of both air and internet space.
    cornchip
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