Apple In Talks to Buy Tidal, Jay Z's Importance to Apple Music, Calculating Tidal's Potential Price Tag

Today's Above Avalon stories: 

  • Apple In Talks to Buy Tidal
  • Jay Z's Importance to Apple Music
  • Calculating Tidal's Potential Price Tag

We kick off today's email by discussing reports that Apple is in preliminary talks to buy Tidal, Jay Z's music streaming service. We first look at the news from Apple's perspective by going over Apple's views on music streaming dating back to its Beats acquisition. We then look at the potential deal from Tidal's perspective. After going over the single reason Apple would buy Tidal, we take a deep dive into why Jay Z would represent a crucial asset for Apple Music. The email then turns to how I am thinking about valuing Tidal in an Apple acquisition scenario.

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