Spotify and Tidal allow users to legally stream various Beyoncé albums. As of 2015, Spotify users are allowed to stream music for free or by upgrading to the premium service for about $9.99 per month. The free version only allows shuffle play, while the premium offers no ads and the option to download music for offline play. Tidal only offers two subscription plans of about $9.99 or $19.99 per month, with a free 30-day trial.
Tidal is a music streaming service co-owned by Beyoncé and owned by her husband Jay-Z. The service contains over 35 million songs and 85,000 music videos for its users. The company claims to pay the highest percentage of royalties to artists and songwriters than other music streaming services. In 2014, Tidal first launched under Aspiro, which was later acquired by Carter’s company Project Panther.
In 2015, reports indicated that Sony Music owns the rights to stream Beyoncé’s music catalog. A few months later, Sony released a statement that it had no plans to pull Beyoncé’s music from Tidal. The company also claimed that it’s rooting for Jay-Z and Tidal to succeed. According to Inquisitr.com, Tidal had gained over one million users, as of October 2015. The number is considered a failure compared to other major streaming music services, such as Spotify and Apple Music.