Kanye West Being Sued Over Promises of Tidal Exclusive Album

Kanye West is not a new face when it comes to news and digital issues, with his latest album, the life of Pablo, pirated over half a million times while it was still an exclusive at Tidal. The problem for many was that Kanye had offered the album as an exclusive for Tidal, the online streaming service that he has invested in. The so-called exclusive has now led to Kayne West being sued over promises that it would be a Tidal exclusive album, promises that didn’t last very long.

Justin Baker-Rhett is a fan of musician Kanye West, but he is now at the center of a lawsuit targeted towards both Kanye West and S.Carter Enterprises (SCE), the company that owns the Tidal music streaming service.

The lawsuit alleges that the rapper mislead his fans into buying and supporting the streaming service by falsely promising that his album, the Life of Pablo, would only ever be available on Tidal. A month and a half later the album appeared on both Apple Music and Spotify, leading many to believe that his claims about the album being an exclusive were nothing more than false advertising to boost Tidal’s falling sales figures.

Tidal promises greater control and royalties to those that use it to share their music so it’s hard to see West’s tweet as nothing more than an attempt to get people to buy in and listen to it on the platform before realising that he might not get the following on Tidal, whose subscription numbers are reported to have jumped from 1 million to 3 million following the announcement.

Latest Apple iPods Not Compatible With Apple Music – Fail!

If you were looking to get one of the newly released Apple iPod Shuffle or Nano to play locally stored music that you got through Apple Music, then you might want to hold off a while. In a twist of irony, it seems that you can’t play this music from Apples own services on their new devices, that is unless you’re going for the also newly released iPod Touch.

Apple’s reason for this move is because the Nano and Shuffle don’t have an internet connection, so Apple can’t check and whether you renewed or canceled your subscription and remove locally stored tracks. Thus, it just won’t allow you to play them at all.

The new iPods were revealed last Wednesday and they are the first iPods released since 2012. The Touch got a healthy bump in speed and the Shuffle and Nano received new available colours.

Apple has downplayed their iPods for a while now and they aren’t easily found on the homepage anymore. It’s only the touch that is left to be found in the top menu and it is sold more as an entry-level iOS device than a music player. Looks more like they’re keeping them in rotation by demand than because they want to and this latest move could very well be a way to force more people over to the more modern devices such as the iPod Touch or even better a brand new iPhone instead.

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information.

Taylor Takes A Bite Out Of Apple

There is Bad Blood brewing between Country Pop starlet Taylor Swift and Tech industries goliathan Apple who has announced today via her immensely popular Tumblr blog that she will be holding back her album entitled 1989 from the proposed new Apple Music streaming service. The blog repost from Taylor is the direct result of Apple’s apparent decision to accompany the launch of a Music streaming Service with a 3 months free trial offer to prospective fee paying members

Free trial! What’s wrong with that? I hear you ask, after all, everyone likes free, ok free punch in the face is not so good. According to Taylor Swift, the caveat lies firmly at the artists and producers end who will not be paid a penny for those first three months.

This case underlines the tensions which exist between artists and streaming services, in this case artists would like to receive a fee comparable to the worth of the product while Apple would like to offer a carrot to entice the current climate of consumers to its new service. I do feel as if Apple are playing too hard ball, the notion of not paying for goods or intellectual property, in this case music for the first three months of the service launch is pretty ludicrous. Taylor Swift also makes a valid point citing the fact while she has the resource to absorb such action; a talented but unheard of musician, does not.

Do I expect Apple to change their minds? Possibly, it all depends on who pulls their music; after all, Apple does not need to implement these actions considering they are worth around $600 billion dollars, or put it another way, mo money, mo money, mo money.

Thank You Taylor Swift’s Tumblr Blog for providing us with this information

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