Wednesday, April 24, 2024

What Will Happen with Kanye’s StemPlayer? Computing Company Preparing Launch of New Product, Unclear if Rapper is Involved


What’s happening with Kanye West’s Stem Player?

Last week I reported that West didn’t actually own the trademark for Stem Player from UK company Kano Computing. They do. Now Alex Klein from that company has Tweeted (see below) that a Stem Player 2 is coming. It probably won’t be with Kanye’s music inside it.

The Stem Player is a sound device that was unveiled last year. When it came out it cost $200 and contained West’s album, “Donda 2.” It was the only way the album was available, so few people heard it or bought it.

The music may have just been licensed to Kano, which owns the rights to the player. It’s unclear if Kano is still in business with West, but as I reported previously they seem to have declared independence from him on social media.

Also, Stem Player instructions also include the way to delete “Donda 2” from the Player so it can be used for other things.

Klein writes on Twitter today: “STEM2 will have a completely unique way of discovering music based on where you are and who you’re with”

No one from Kano has ever returned an email or phone call. It’s highly unlikely that Kano is continuing with West since its founder, Alex Klein, is Jewish, and so are several other executives with the company.

Kano’s main business, by the way, is not selling pop albums. It’s making computers and devices for schools.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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