Jay Z pulls album catalog from Apple Music and Spotify

Posted April 09, 2017

The removal of albums was made without prior notice, but Spotify reps have confirmed it was done at the request of the artist.

The hip hop star has had his catalog of solo albums pulled from both the Apple Music and Spotify services, seemingly in favor of Tidal, the music service he co-owns.

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

Get Data Sheet, Fortune's technology newsletter. Many Tidal exclusives have been short-lived, though, and may not have converted many paying customers.

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The move comes as Tidal, the company Jay Z launched in 2015 and heavily invested in, remains a distant finisher in the opaque streaming marketplace. Oddly, the albums still remain on Google's music streaming service for the time being.

Kanye West bashed Apple Music a year ago in what amounted to a very public meltdown where he said his music wouldn't ever be available on the service.

A few of Jay Z's albums can still be found on Apple Music, but many others, including all three Blueprint LPs, are missing. For practical purposes, that means the only real difference between Tidal and Apple Music and Spotify are exclusive streaming deals.