Update: Jay Z's albums have returned to Apple Music, but are still absent from Spotify.
Jay Z has already proven that Tidal would be the ultimate destination to stream his music, but as of Friday, it's the only place: Hov has removed his music from Spotify and Apple Music.
On Friday, music fans realized that Jay Z had removed all of his solo albums from other streaming services. All that's left now are his collaborative albums: Best Of Both Worlds and Unfinished Business with R. Kelly, and Collision Course with Linkin Park. You can still purchase Jay Z's solo albums on iTunes, but if you want to stream, you'll have to do it on Jay's terms: as a member of Tidal.
Friday's move is the latest in a steady string of decisions made by Jay. In April 2015, he removed his timeless debut Reasonable Doubt. In 2016, he removed each of album in his Blueprint trilogy. But fans could still listen to his other eight studio albums and integrate its songs into their playlists. But now, every solo album from Jay Z's 20-year solo career is completely gone from Spotify or Apple Music. And with rumors of another solo Jay album and a collaborative Jay Z and Beyonce album on the way, one may assume that Tidal will be the only destination for those as well.
Jay Z's decision seems focused even more on making Tidal a power player; the service is still the sole streaming destination for Beyonce's latest album Lemonade. Meanwhile, Apple Music continues to work with the likes of Drake and Frank Ocean to get long-term and short-term exclusivity for their music, while also giving them their own radio shows on Beats 1. The rest of this year should be interesting to see how the streaming wars continue.