You might find it hard to listen to some of Jay Z’s music if you subscribe to Apple Music or Spotify. It turns out, the rap mogul has pulled his catalog from both online music streaming services. His large catalog of solo music is no longer available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. It was apparently Jay Z who made a request for the removal of the catalog, at least that’s what Spotify says.
In a statement provided to The Verge, Spotify said that it has removed the catalog “at the request of the artist.” This basically means that Jay Z told them to do this and they complied.
Apple Music and Spotify subscribers can only access Jay Z’s features and other tracks that he has worked on with the likes of Linkin Park and R. Kelly. All of his solo music is no longer available for streaming.
This isn’t the first time that something like this has happened. It’s actually the third time. Jay Z first did this when Tidal was launched and his debut album Reasonable Doubt was only available for streaming from his service.
If you’d like to have unobstructed access to Jay Z’s entire catalog then the only real option here is to subscribe to Tidal, Jay Z’s music streaming service, which might just be the objective of this latest move to remove his music from competing services.