Kanye West’s ‘Donda 2’ will not stream on Apple Music, album available exclusively on $200 Stem Player

Kanye West’s sequel to ‘Donda,’ which was dropped in August 2021 will not be available on Apple Music or Spotify. In a recent Instagram post, West revealed that ‘Donda 2’ will be streamed exclusively on his own device called the Stem Player saying it’s time to “free music from this oppressive system”.

Kanye West Stem Player Donda 2

Kanye West’s new album Donda 2 will only be available on his Stem Player

The Stem Player, similar to a wireless speaker, lets users “customize any song” by allowing them to add effects and create loops they can reverse, speed up or slow down. It also allows users to control drums, bass, and samples along with the vocals. 

The device was developed by the rapper’s Yeezy Tech brand and electronics company Kano. Features include a headphone jack and Bluetooth support, a USB-C port, volume buttons, speakers, a haptic engine, and 8GB of storage. The player will also ship with ‘Donda’ included.

West recently took to Instagram to share a snippet of a song from the upcoming album. Alongside the snippet, he wrote:

Donda 2 will only be available on my own platform, the Stem Player. Not on Apple Amazon Spotify or YouTube. Today artists get just 12% of the money the industry makes. It’s time to free music from this oppressive system. It’s time to take control and build our own. Go to stemplayer.com now to order.

‘Donda 2’ is set to release on February 22 barring any delays that affected ‘Donda’, which came out in August. West’s long-awaited 10th studio album, Donda, saw 60 million streams on its first day of release on Apple Music in the United States. This was a new record for Apple Music in 2021 and the third-most streamed album on the service within the first day before Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ surpassed these numbers in September. Donda’s listening events were also live-streamed on Apple Music. 

Ye’s Stem Player is available to purchase for $200 in the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

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