Kanye fans hoping to listen to Donda 2, the star’s latest album, on Spotify, Apple Music or other major streaming services might be out of luck.
In an Instagram post Friday, Kanye said that his latest work will skip most popular streaming platforms and instead land exclusively on the $200 Kanye-owned Stem Player.
The reasons behind the move appear to be financial. “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,” Kanye wrote.
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Kanye’s Stem Player is a small device that plays music but also allows users to isolate the vocals, drums, bass and samples of a song. Users can remix, add effects, download mixes, play back and save their creations right on the device itself.
Kanye says that there are currently 67,000 units available now, with 3,000 being made every day.
Donda 2 is the sequel to Ye’s hit album Donda, which was released last summer. Donda 2 is set to drop on Feb. 22.
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