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Tidal kicks it old school by selling Prince CDs

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
September 14, 2015
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Jay-Z's Tidal service may believe that streaming music is the future, but it's apparently willing to embrace the past... in certain circumstances, at least. Hot on the heels of launching his latest album on Tidal as a streaming exclusive, Prince is selling a CD version of that same album (along with downloads) through the company's store. Yes, you too can get a plastic copy of HITNRUN to play in those few moments when you're nowhere near your computer or phone. Tidal already lets musicians sell posters, shirts and other merch through its site, but this appears to be the first time that CDs have found their way to the online shop.

It's not clear whether other artists are free to sell CDs, and whether or not we can expect to see similar moves in the future. We've reached out to Tidal for details. However, it's safe to say that CD sales are going to be the exceptions, rather than the rule. Prince may have declared that the "internet's completely over," but many listeners would disagree -- it's doubtful that many artists will rush to sell CDs through a service that's helping to kill CDs.

[Image credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]

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