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Kanye West confirms new album won't be on Apple Music in shock announcement

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What you need to know

  • Kanye West is ditching both Apple Music and Spotify.
  • The artist confirmed that 'Donda 2' will only be available on his own Stem Player platform.
  • The Stem Player is a remix device sold by West that costs $200.

Kanye West has confirmed that his new album won't be available to stream on either Spotify or Apple Music in a shocking new announcement.

As reported by our friends at TechRadar, West took to Instagram overnight to state that 'Donda 2' will not be available on any streaming platforms, stating in a post:

Donda 2 will only be available on my own platform, the Stem Player. Not on Apple Amazon Spotify or YouTube. Today artists get just 12% of the money the industry makes. It's time to free music from this oppressive system. It's time to take control and build our own. Go to stemplayer.com now to order.

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Kanye's Stem Player is a $200 physical device that lets users remix songs using their 'stems' such as drums, bass, vocals, and more. As the report notes, fans are not happy about the announcement, after it became clear that buying West's $200 device would be the only way to listen to 'Donda 2'.

"This is the worst thing Kanye has done" one comment read, another blasted him saying "It's time to free music, so buy this product or else you can't listen to my album."

As per his announcement West's main gripe seems to be money, but the news is surprising given that Apple Music and West partnered extensively in the run-up to the launch of the first 'Donda' album last year, including a series of record-breaking live streams.

West made a similar decision in 2016, stating the album would only be available to stream on Tidal. It came to Apple Music and Spotify two months later.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.

3 Comments
  • So Kanye thinks that people should not only purchase his album but pay an additional $200 to listen to it? In other words the release of his album on Spotify and Apple Music will be delayed until he realizes he hasn’t made any money on it.
  • Kanye just saved me $200.
  • Employees in regular industries earn less per year than most CEO's earn in the first week of the year. Yet let's all feel bad for Kanye.