FRANZ Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos has hit out at the celebrity-owned streaming service Tidal.
The 43-year-old Scot, whose hits include ‘Take me out’ and ‘Ulysses’, wrote: “I wish someone would invent something just like Spotify but a bit more expensive.”
The comment came after Monday’s launch of the streaming service owned by the likes of Jay Z, Madonna, Jack White, Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Rihanna.
The so-called “co-owners” of Tidal promised their endeavour will bring about a “whole new era” for the industry at the event in New York.
But with people having to fork out £20 a month for the privilege – double Spotify’s maximum monthly charge – some are questioning just who it will benefit.
In response to Kapranos’ tweet, musician Robert Rotifer wrote with apparent sarcasm: “It should be owned by the richest musicians in the world to make it extra classy.
“As a musician I want them to be my gatekeepers.”
While RM Hubbert added: “They get paid twice this way as well. Which is nice for them.”
“Kinda contradictory that Tidal claims to care about the quality of music but offers a lower quality plan anyway,” added a fan called Sydney.
Kapranos isn’t the only Scottish musician less than impressed by Tidal.
Fran Healy, lead singer of the Glaswegian band Travis also took to Twitter to voice his concerns.
He wrote: “How is Tidal owned by all artists and at the same time owned by 12?
“Bands should get a better cut from streaming for sure. But why should fans have to pay more for that cut?”