Rapper and entertainment mogul Shawn Carter, known to most as Jay-Z, has removed his albums from Apple Music and Spotify. As noted by MacRumors, all of his solo albums quietly disappeared from the two apps overnight.

It’s not yet known if the decision was Carter’s call, given that he owns the struggling music service Tidal, or a directive of wireless carrier Sprint, who recently purchased 33% of the company. Either way, the move is about exclusivity.

Update: Jay-Z’s music is back on Apple Music. We are not sure what happened.

Both Tidal and Apple Music have proven that offering exclusive content can help grow the user base. Tidal saw measurable success with Beyonce and Kanye West exclusives, as did Apple with albums from Drake and Chance the Rapper. It worked so well, in fact, that Spotify was accused of punishing artists who signed exclusivity deals.

For now, it looks like Jay-Z’s albums are still available for purchase in the iTunes Store, and some of his collaborative music is still on Apple Music. It remains to be seen if this is a temporary matter, or something more long term.

Source: MacRumors

  • techfreak23

    Well that’s dumb. Now that makes me want to just start torrenting his albums and then importing them into Spotify to sync to my phone

    • igobythisname

      haha yupp!!

  • techfreak23

    Also great that I already most of the ones I liked downloaded to my phone for offline listening

  • igobythisname

    I don’t really care for the jigga man too much, and it’s been so long since he’s even released solo work, I already have all his albums downloaded to my computer.. it’s just sad to see artists pull their work from the heavyweight streaming services that we’ve all grown accustomed and adapted to for music listening pleasure these days….

  • Nathaniel


    The new iPad flat-out named iPad is really the 5th generation of the original iPads. The photo shown has not been edited.

    • Rowan09


    • Blip dude

      Not quite why you really need to point out that the photo hasn’t been edited. Only makes things more suspicious you know.

      • Nathaniel

        I see what u mean, but I’m 100% sure it’s the 5th gen. Call Apple if u don’t believe me

      • Blip dude

        Uhh, no I know it’s the called the 5th Generation iPad. Just about every YouTuber reviewing the hardware has already confirmed that. I think the big question is why are you just randomly throwing this on a thread that has nothing to do with the iPad as the subject??

      • Nathaniel

        Ugh, cyber bullying these days

      • Jake1047s

        Your dumb 😀

      • Nathaniel


      • Nathaniel

        Your? You mean you’re?

      • Jake1047s

        That is why I put the silly face at the end

      • Nathaniel


  • Mark S

    He sucks anyway. Did us a favor.

    • Can’t Fix Stupid

      A bigger favour would be pulling the album and himself from the face of the earth…

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    • WhenYouSeeAWildStreetBat

      Lol you probably listen to one direction, jay z will go down in history as one of the greatest of all time with almost every album going platinum and making 500k a show. How many records have you sold??? Lmao…. he’s a business man and knows what he’s doing now people will have to buy tidal to hear his discography this dude is a genius stop hating broke boy

      • Endriu Andrei

        I don’t listen to one direction and I still think he sucks

      • WhenYouSeeAWildStreetBat

        Cause you don’t understand rap…..it’s not made for you so it’s obvious you wouldn’t like something you can’t even comprehend

      • Rowan09

        People won’t have to buy Tidal to here his music they can either purchase the album or just download it.

      • AwesomeSauce

        Jay-Z don’t even know you exist.

    • Reilitas

      I’m not a fan of him either! I use both Apple Music and Spotify.

      “Why use both?”

      Exclusives. Not every song is available on Apple Music, they’re available to BUY but you can’t just stream them on-demand. For Spotify you have the ‘Spotify Sessions,’ exclusives, songs that you won’t be forced to buy if you want to listen to them and faster streaming (in areas where you have no cellular and slow internet, and they’re at a higher quality too!).

  • And that’s how ruin your career.

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      I think his career is pretty set in stone at this point lol

    • Rowan09

      I just don’t get why artists pull their albums. I understand being exclusive, but do they really think pulling an album will make people run to Tidal? I had the free month of Tidal and that thing sucks, you need optimal signal to have videos or music play and the price is a joke for hi-fi (sounds the same to me). Like everyone else said it will just be more of a reason to pirate his albums now.

    • WhenYouSeeAWildStreetBat

      Lol what?!?!? Almost all his albums went platinum his career could never get ruined he’s still getting 500k a show

  • Agneev

    Good riddance, Kanye next!

    • RobDigital413

      Kanye west is the only artist to go platinum off of streams …..no physical copies no Apple Music. For the the album Life of Pablo …..and I don’t have Spotify or Tidal or Apple Music lol

      • Agneev

        He sucks!

  • Mike M. Powell

    Oh no! What ever shall we do!!??

  • Natalie

    What’s the problem? It’s not like his music is any good for the mass market anyway.

  • MrMcCloud

    Okay Spotify I can understand, but Apple Music? He’s trying too hard at this point.

    The only reason why he is still relevant is because of Beyonce. I mean, what next? Do the same to Beyonce? And if that happens, I don’t know how many more hits she will get before she becomes irrelevant thanks to the poor service.

    • How come you can understand Spotify but not Apple Music?

      • Rowan09

        Because Apple still sells his music.

  • Ricky Williams

    It’s a good thing all his CDs I have are ripped and in my library. People love to say buying music is dead lol

  • Bacillus

    Slight mental disablement appears to be a positive discriminator here