With no other options I liked at the time, I signed up for Tidal to get my hands on the new Kanye West, and, since this was the third time the streaming Platform had forced me into a temporary alliance, I decided not to cancel this time. They had, more or less, made their point
There is another reason. Its web player is much better than Spotify’s web player (Apple Music doesn’t actually have one) which means for work, I don’t have to download any streaming company’s platform to my work PC.
So, with two good to great reasons, I am now using three streaming services. Spotify for mobile and organization, Apple Music at home, and Tidal at work. If I had to choose just one, yes, it would be Spotify, still thirty bucks a month between the three isn’t so terrible, right?
That was a month ago and now I’ve found something else: after essentially ending my musical relationship with Prince over the past couple of years because he made it such a major pain in the ass to see him or hear him (last time he played nyc was at 2am, unannounced, at City Winery) and, frankly, I haven’t been crazy over his last couple of albums, and everything is such a fucking nightmare. If ever anybody should knock his catalog into shape, that man is Prince. Plus, apropos nothing much, he comes across as an insufferable asshole to all but his inner posse.
However, Tidal have pretty good access to his back catalog. No Crystal Ball and no Girl 6, to name but two, no Chaos And Disorder, and many more appear to be missing. However, nobody else has anything at all, even digital feels like a gaping wound, and if all you have is this… it ain’t bad. All the biggies make an appearance, Hits I and II are there, Emancipation, even the funk workout from 2004, Slaughterhouse.
When I am looking fast for a change of music, and my brain is in neutral, I can just go straight to Prince while I decide.
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