Dr Dre's "Compton" Released A Day Early, Exclusively on Apple Music - What Do You Think?

By James O Malley on at

A couple of days ago we reported that Dr Dre's new album, Compton: A Soundtrack would be exclusively hitting Apple Music and iTunes. The album was planned to be streamable from today - and on sale from tomorrow. But it now appears that you can now buy it a day early too.

According to Time, the release replaces what was widely expected to be Dre's next release, an album called Detox, which is currently Missing In Action.

What's significant about the release is that it is the first major exclusive since the launch of Apple Music. It is unsurprising given that Dre is an Apple employee, but significant because it means that if fans want to listen to the new album they will have to either buy it from iTunes or pay up and join Apple Pay - rather than one of its rivals, like Spotify.

So in this chatroom we'd like to know... what do you think? Does it set a dangerous precedent for the splintering of the music industry, where consumers will have to subscribe to multiple services to get the music they want? Or is it fair enough that Apple is using its deep pockets to sign up exclusive artists? Would you sign up to a service just to listen to one band? And would the number of exclusive artists influence your decision on which streaming service to pick?

Let us know in the comments. [Time]