The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.
Apple is flailing around to the beat. The $535 billion iPhone maker may buy superstar rapper Jay Z’s music-streaming service Tidal, according to the Wall Street Journal. The presumed logic is that it will help Apple strengthen its own service. Meanwhile Spotify says Apple is harming it by rejecting an app upgrade. Apple has the clout to fend off rivals but adding Tidal won’t help get its rhythm back.