Newswire: Apple might be buying Tidal

And now, in Apple news that’s less “super-evil and potentially freedom threatening,” and more, “Huh, guess that was inevitable,” The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the tech giant is in “exploratory talks” with the Jay-Z owned music streaming service Tidal, about the possibility of acquiring the music company—and access to its enviable stable of exclusive and semi-exclusive performers. The WSJ cites “people familiar with the matter” as its sources on the story, although it’s worth noting that spokespeople for Tidal are denying that any such meetings have taken place.

Tidal launched last year with a healthy handful of fanfare and braggadocio, as Jay-Z and artists like Nicki Minaj, Madonna, and Jack White all touted its high-quality streams and artists-first mentality. For many consumers, though, it quickly become “that thing I got a free trial to so I could hear the new Beyonce/Rihanna/Kanye album,” with …

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