Music industry pundits hailed the Brooklyn rapper's business acumen; listeners complained about the app's crummy performance. (As for the album itself, reviews have been similarly mixed.)
But if Jay-Z fancies himself a pioneer in digital music distribution, he's not ready to leave behind old models quite yet.
Early Wednesday, Third Man Records -- the Nashville-based company founded by Jack White of the
It's not Jay-Z's first collaboration with White: Third Man recently issued the vinyl edition of the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's "Great Gatsby" film, which contained a song by White and which the rapper helped oversee.
The label's version of "Magna Carta" will feature a bonus track, "Open Letter."
Watch Jay-Z discuss the recording of his album below in a clip from an interview he gave Tuesday on New York's Hot 97, which followed an earlier Q&A session on