“The Cupertino company did not threaten to sue Jay Z’s Tidal over Drake’s appearance at Lil Wayne’s Lil WeezyAna Fest, a charity concert to benefit kids affected by Hurricane Katrina,” John Paczkowski reports for Buzzfeed. “And it played no apparent role in Drake’s exclusion from Tidal’s livestream of the event — despite Tidal’s claims that it did.”

“Drake’s decision not to participate in Tidal’s live stream of the Lil Weezyana Festival was precisely that — Drake’s decision,” Paczkowski reports. “And sources familiar with the situation tell BuzzFeed News that Apple did not threaten Tidal with any legal action whatsoever — let alone one with $20 million in liabilities attached to it.”

Paczkowski reports, “So why is Tidal very publicly saying otherwise? Not only did the company take to Twitter to lambaste Apple for interfering with its stream, but it also blacked out what would have been Drake’s portion of the stream with a slide lambasting Apple as a Big Brother ‘interfering with artistry.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: So why is Tidal very publicly saying otherwise? Because Tidal is a dismal failure. An utter flop. An industry laughingstock. And they’re desperate for any publicity, whether it’s grounded in truth or not. So, no, Apple did not stop Tidal from streaming Drake’s Katrina benefit performance to their three subscribers.

A desperate flop is not an entity to which to do business. You never know when it’ll fold.

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