Jay-Z removes his extensive catalog from Spotify and Apple Music

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Jay Z had pulled his debut album "Reasonable Doubt" from all streaming services except for Tidal when he launched the service.

Fans of hip-hop artist Jay-Z have noticed that his albums have disappeared from both Spotify and Apple Music.

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Interestingly, nearly all of Jay Z's albums are still available to stream on Google Play Music.

Most of the original albums have been removed, however, content where he is a featured artist or collaborator, and maybe not the only owner of the content, is still available for streaming. Last year, his 2001 album "The Blueprint" was also removed from all streaming services other than Tidal. Many Tidal exclusives have been short-lived, though, and may not have converted many paying customers.

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Many telecom companies also objected because tech companies like Facebook and Google would not have been affected by the rules . These companies can make money from selling this same information from internet users.

While it's probably good optics for an owner of a streaming service to remove his music from competing services, it's interesting that it took this long, possibly thanks to licensing arrangements involving third parties.

At press time, Jay Z's collaborations with R. Kelly and Linkin Park are still on all three platforms, while his full catalog-minus the aforementioned Reasonable Doubt and Blueprint series-remain on Google Play. As of now (April 7), Tidal and Amazon exclusively hold all of the rapper's music.

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