Apple is exploring buying Tidal, a music-streaming service run by rap musician Jay Z, sources told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
A Tidal spokesman denied that Tidal executives had held talks with Apple, according to the Journal. Apple declined to comment to CNBC on the report.
At $19.99 per month for its high-fidelity version and $9.99 for standard sound quality, Tidal focuses on richer, “lossless” musical sound. It has said it has 4.2 million paying subscribers, according to the Journal.
But the company has seen turnover among executives, the Journalreported.
Such an acquisition would come as Apple has invested more deeply in its music platform, announcing a redesign at a developers’ conference earlier this summer. Apple Music debuted one year ago, after Apple had purchased Beats Electronics, founded by rapper Dr. Dre the year prior.