By Philip Cosores
This week people have been paying attention to streaming services since the launch of Apple Music on Tuesday, June 30. And it appears like one of music’s biggest artists is opting out completely.
Prince has removed all of his music from all streaming services, except TIDAL. As of now, there is no official word on why Prince has removed his catalog from Apple Music, Spotify and Rdio, just a note on Prince’s Spotify page that says, “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.”
Here is a link to Prince’s artist page on TIDAL, which still shows his catalog.
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.