Kanye West* doesn’t like Apple or iTunes, but has no problem with begging rich people for money.
It’s been a busy few days for self-proclaimed genius West. He released his new album on Tidal after performing on “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend. He also announced that he is $53 million in debt and asked Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg for $1 billion. And he got into a new spat with pop star Taylor Swift and proclaimed himself this generation’s Walt Disney.
What of Apple? West:
My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale. You can only get it on Tidal.
Tidal is priced at $10 a month, but has a $20 a month plan for lossless high-fidelity sound quality.
Apple Music has had some success without West’s help. Apple revealed last week that Apple Music now has 11 million paid members. The streaming music service costs $10 a month for individuals and $15 a month for a family plan that can be shared by up to six people. Apple Music started the year with 10 million paying subscribers.
Maybe West wouldn’t have such severe financial problems if his relationships with music industry heavyweights were not so caustic. Anyone wanna bet Kim Kardashian had a prenuptial agreement in place so Kanye’s debt remained his own?
*Jay Leno said Kanye really means ‘Kenny.’