(The Huffington Post) – A landmark album is dropping Friday — but you’ll need Apple Music or iTunes to listen to it.
USA Today reported earlier this week that Dr. Dre’s first album in 15 years, “Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre,” will be available to purchase only on the tech giant’s new streaming service, though an Apple spokeswoman told The Huffington Post on Wednesday that the album will also be for sale via iTunes. The exclusivity on Apple platforms will last for the foreseeable future.
Exclusivity makes total sense: Dr. Dre is one of the founders of Beats, the music technology company that Apple acquired last year for $3 billion. Dre also has his own show on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio. But, logic aside, most music consumers should be wary of the move. It arguably represents a shift in the industry which could fracture audiences and force individuals to subscribe to multiple products if they want access to all of their favorite music.