If you want to stream Purple Rain or the Batman soundtrack this weekend (and you might, I dunno), you’re going to have to head to TIDAL.
Or Soundcloud, or YouTube – but officially, TIDAL.
Prince has pulled all of his music from Spotify, Apple Music, and Rdio. The only place his catalog is still up and running is on Jay Z’s TIDAL service.
It’s not clear what prompted Prince’s decision, but it’s not shocking considering his views on the value of his music and his past disapproval of many different internet avenues leading to it.
Here’s what it says on Prince’s artist page on Spotify:
Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog. We have cooperated with the request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.
This isn’t the first time that Prince has made sweeping gestures with new music technology. Last November, Prince removed all of his music from YouTube and deleted his Facebook and Twitter accounts. He’s since returned to social media. As for his relationship with streaming, Prince recently used TIDAL to stream his Rally 4 Peace in Baltimore
Looks like TIDAL just got another exclusive, probably. It needs it.
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