Wednesday Wrap: BBC Three goes online, Tidal gets Yeezy boost, new Philips headphones

Tidal has been making waves in the music streaming arena this week, all thanks to the self-declared “greatest living rock star on the planet”, Kanye West. The ever shy and retiring Mr. West released his new album The Life of Pablo on Monday as a Tidal streaming exclusive (he has a minor stake in the service).

The release - and some bizarre social media posts - helped Tidal shoot straight to the top of the Apple App Store in the US (for free apps). West has since announced the album will only be available on the streaming service, and won’t be made available for purchase from iTunes or to stream on Spotify or Apple Music. You can’t currently buy a physical copy of the album either.

Inevitably, not everyone wants to play ball. According to Torrentfreak, The Life of Pablo has already amassed in excess of 500,000 illegal downloads... Nevertheless, it's no doubt a welcome boost to Tidal's profile and a further sign of the importance of key releases and content exclusives in the ongoing battle for music (and video) streaming supremacy.

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BBC Three moves to new online platform

The BBC had previously announced that its youth-orientated BBC Three channel would move to an online-only format and as of Tuesday 16th February, that’s now the case. The BBC Trust approved of the move, citing “independent evidence [that] shows younger audiences are watching more online and watching less linear TV”. BBC director general, Tony Hall, says the move will save the corporation £30 million.

The new online channel will have box sets of original BBC programming available to watch on-demand via the BBC website and iPlayer. A daily stream of content including short films, blogs and news and sports updates will also be made available as well, with other content being delivered via YouTube and on social media.

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Philips wireless headphones

Philips has launched a new pair of wireless, noise-cancelling headphones for £130. The company has settled on the rather long model name of SHB9850NC, but fortunately the feature list is shorter and simpler: Bluetooth 4.0 and 40mm neodymium drivers. Philips says they’re able to deliver “up to 99 percent active noise-cancellation”.

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.