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Jay Z's Best Album Has Disappeared From Spotify

Streaming services competing for exclusive content will be confusing for fans and probably less lucrative for artists
Jay Z and Beyonce.

Jay Z and Beyonce.

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Jay Z was asked last week about the possibility that music fans would have to make a choice among streaming services based on which artists they carry exclusively.  Given the star power of the musicians behind Tidal, a collective decision to punish competing services by producing exclusive content for Tidal could be its primary competitive advantage. His answer: eventually. 

The process seems to have started. Over the weekend, Beyonce and Rihanna—both Tidal backers—released exclusives for the service. By Monday morning, Jay Z’s first (and best) album, Reasonable Doubt, had disappeared from Spotify. The difference between Spotify and Tidal is now just a couple of songs, but the moves point to a future for the music industry that would be more confusing for fans and probably less lucrative for artists.