As reported by TechCrunch, Prince has pulled all his music from Spotify and Rdio.
Pop superstar Prince has abruptly withdrawn his tracks from all streaming services including Spotify, which has been thriving for a couple of years now over old contemporaries like Rhapsody and Pandora, apparently, with the exception of newcomer Tidal. But it’s still too soon to tell who will come out triumphant in the streaming wars -Google Play, Apple Music, or Spotify – so we’ll just have to wait and see.
However, if fans want to listen to Prince digitally they can head over to TIDAL, the Jay Z owned music streaming service, which still has the artist’s songs and albums in its library.
Prince has often had an uneasy relationship with new music technology and even technology in general.
Past year Prince abruptly left social media, but recently returned to Twitter as he promotes his Hit and Run tour in which he announces shows with little advance notice.
Prince’s music is still available on iTunes, but not on Apple’s new streaming platform, Apple Music.
The reason why possibly lies in recent tweets by the artist, where he quoted The Daily Beast’s article on Taylor Swift’s war with Apple.
There’s also a £14.99 per month Family Sharing scheme, which allows up to six family members to use Apple Music with individual accounts.
“Essentially, streaming has offered labels the ability to pay themselves twice while reducing what is owed to artists.from pennies on the dollar to fractions of pennies on the dollar”. It’s not stated where people are doing all of that streaming, but the music video is clearly still very much a thing online. I think there should be an inherent value placed on art. The artist has reportedly pulled his music from every single music streaming service except for one, TIDAL.
However, Prince can’t keep his songs from streaming everywhere.