Jay Z Went on Twitter to Defend Tidal

April 28, 2015

4:00 pm

A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Tidal CEO Andy Chen had stepped down from the company and that former CEO Peter Tonstad would be serving in the interim. For some, the move was seen as a step towards progress – of moving the music streaming service forward and towards its goals. For others, the move was construed as an early indication of the company’s eventual demise. Well, in an attempt to brush away the cynics, Tidal owner Jay Z took to Twitter this past weekend to defend the potential competitor to Spotify.

A streaming music service aimed at redefining the relationship between artists and consumers, Tidal aims to provide a robust library of music to users – and without offering a free-tier: users must pay to use Tidal. With this strict, paid model in place, the streaming service hopes to offer exclusive content to these users – something that can’t be found on similar platforms like Spotify or Pandora.

But this model has received a lot of flak. From fellow artists and musicians, to various publications across the Internet, the resounding opinion is: Tidal will fail.

Sick of all the critiques, Jay Z went on a brief Twitter rant this weekend to deflect all the crap thrown at him and Tidal:

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things.

Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in ‘Doctor Who’, Murakami, ‘The Mindy Project’, and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a “writer”. Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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