Jay Z's Tidal is selling CDs and digital downloads for the first time.
Prince unleashed his new album to music retailers on Monday following a week-long exclusivity pact with Jay Z’s streaming service, Tidal. The album, HITNRUN Phase One, is now available on iTunes, Amazon and other outlets, including Tidal itself, which for the first time is letting subscribers and non-subscribers alike make album purchases on the site. Also surprising: Tidal's move to sell the Purple One's new album in the long-beleaguered CD format.
Yes, a streaming service is now selling a compact disc, directly to consumers.
Tidal is offering the album both physically and digitally, matching iTunes’ price of $9.99 for MP3 along with a FLAC-quality download for $17.99. Buying the CD on Tidal, however, will cost you more than $25 after shipping.