Just when you thought you chose the best music streaming service to subscribe to, your favorite artist went ahead and dropped their latest album on a competing service.

Additionally, if this happened once before, chances are you probably don't have that handy free trial to spare. That means you're stuck debating whether or not you should cancel one service and make the move to the other.

However, exclusives just don't stay exclusive for long. In just a few weeks (or in some cases, days), the album is released pretty much everywhere. We have seen this happen a few times already with exclusives on Tidal that are eventually released on Apple Music.

However, Jay Z's streaming service isn't the only platform known for having the streaming rights for big artists. Apple Music also has quite a few stars in its corner, which makes it a tough race for new users who are thinking about signing up for either one.

There are pros and cons to both services, but what's the point of registering for one over the other if you can't listen to the most talked-about new music from your favorite artists? Well, that's why we decided to break down the lineup of artists that stream, or have streamed exclusively, on Tidal and Apple Music to help you make the better decision.

When comparing Tidal vs. Apple Music, here's which music streaming service has the best exclusives.


When Tidal announced its launch back in March 2016, there were plenty of big artists that stood beside Jay Z. Those included: wife Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kayne West, Nicki Minaj, Daft Punk, Jack White, Madonna, Arcade Fire, Alicia Keys, Usher, deadmau5, Jason Aldean, J. Cole, Calvin Harris and Coldplay's Chris Martin. The artists were all introduced as "owners of Tidal."

Since these artists have stake in the company, of course, they will first release their brand new music on the platform. However, all of these artists can also be streamed on Apple Music — that is if you are willing to wait, in some cases.

Here are some of the more recent Tidal exclusives:


Album: Lemonade
Release date: April 24, 2016 following the HBO special
Exclusive longevity: We all worried we would need Tidal to get the new album, which is why many rushed to start their subscription. However, fans can now purchase the album on Tidal without a subscription, as well as on iTunes and Amazon. Tidal still has exclusive streaming rights, however. Can't win 'em all.

It's not yet clear if it will come to Apple Music, although this is a possibility once the physical album is released on May 6 (Beyoncé also previously released the single "Formation" from the album exclusively on Tidal).

Kanye West

Album: The Life of Pablo
Release date: Feb. 14, 2016
Exclusive longevity: This album remained a Tidal exclusive for a few weeks, with Kanye revealing on Twitter that it would never be released anywhere else. Then, he changed his mind. The Life of Pablo is now available on Apple Music.


Album: Anti
Release date: Jan. 28, 2016
Exclusive longevity: Anti was exclusive for a week on Tidal, but fans could also download the album for $11.99. Singles like "American Oxygen" and "BBHMM" were released as exclusives on the platform prior, although they were not featured on the album. Anti did hit other services like Apple Music the week after its debut.