Beyonce's 'Lemonade' album hits Apple Music, moves out of Tidal exclusivity

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited April 23
Long a Tidal exclusive, Beyonce's popular "Lemonade" album is now finally available on Apple Music as well as other streaming services like Spotify.

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Apple is promoting the album on its Browse tab, alongside a live album for "Homecoming," a documentary covering Beyonce's 2018 Coachella concert. "Lemonade" however may be the main attraction since it includes one of the singer's biggest hits, "Formation," in which she defends against accusations she distanced herself from her black roots.

Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay Z, are co-owners of Tidal among other stars like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Daft Punk. Accordingly the service has used lucrative exclusives to draw listeners -- "Lemonade," for example, was originally launched on April 23, 2016. It was available to buy from iTunes, Amazon Music, and retailers shortly thereafter, but streaming rights were kept under lock.





Tidal has nevertheless struggled to gain share against both Spotify and Apple Music. Spotify was the first major on-demand music outfit, launching in 2008, and Apple has the benefits of being a platform holder and backed by hundreds of billions in cash.

One thing keeping Tidal relevant is its partnership with Sprint -- people signed up to an Unlimited Plus or Unlimited Premium plan with the carrier get Tidal by default.

Aside from exclusives, the service's other selling point is a "HiFi" plan costing $19.99 per month, but with lossless audio. In rare cases listeners can even access "master-quality" tracks streaming at 96 kilohertz and 24 bits -- something only high-end speakers and headphones can take advantage of.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    gutengelgutengel Posts: 332member
    What a joke, how old is this album anyways?
  • Reply 2 of 9
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,278member
    Finally.  I'm gonna stream this album for 25 hours straight
    cornchipSoli
  • Reply 3 of 9
    gutengel said:
    What a joke, how old is this album anyways?
    What a joke, how old were those Beatles albums when they started streaming?
    Solifastasleep
  • Reply 4 of 9
    SoliSoli Posts: 9,272member
    Finally.  I'm gonna stream this album for 25 hours straight
    Now let's get in formation! 🙌


    gutengel said:
    What a joke, how old is this album anyways?
    Y'all haters corny with that illuminati mess.
    hmurchisonholyone
  • Reply 5 of 9
    tylerdtylerd Posts: 32member
    What's Tidal?  :p
  • Reply 6 of 9
    jgutherjguther Posts: 82member
    In rare cases listeners can even access "master-quality" tracks streaming at 96 kilohertz and 24 bits -- something only high-end speakers and headphones can take advantage of.

    Not true.

    So far, not a single human has been able to reliably tell 96/24 from 44/16 when both files have been created from the same master with proper dithering. Many have tried. Search for ABX audio test on the web.

    96/24 makes sense in the studio where it provides extra headroom for signal processing. Once there is a final mix, anything beyond 44/16 serves marketing purposes only.

    BTW, the "test" that Tidal published many years ago to push their premium service, was manipulated. Listeners did NOT compare two renderings of the same track in a true ABX manner.



    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 9
    matrix077matrix077 Posts: 747member
    Lemonade was so 2016. Now streaming Sara Bareilles new album Amidst the Chaos for the last 12 hours. Such a great album. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 9
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,278member
    matrix077 said:
    Lemonade was so 2016. Now streaming Sara Bareilles new album Amidst the Chaos for the last 12 hours. Such a great album. 
    Has Sara got a nose job yet? 
  • Reply 9 of 9
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 3,171member
    matrix077 said:
    Lemonade was so 2016. Now streaming Sara Bareilles new album Amidst the Chaos for the last 12 hours. Such a great album. 
    Has Sara got a nose job yet? 
    The fuck is wrong with you? 
    Soliwatto_cobra
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