Want Prince? You’re not getting it from Apple Music — just Tidal


The Purple One at the Coachella Festival in 2008.
The Purple One at the Coachella Festival in 2008.
Photo: CC Wikipedia

If you were hoping to listen to Prince on Apple Music, thinking that the purple-clad passionate one’s music would be on the service like many other exclusives on Apple’s new streaming service, you’re out of luck.

The artist currently known as Prince has pulled all of his music from streaming services, except for one: Jay Z’s Tidal, which reputedly has the best terms for mega artists like the Purple Rain lead.

Turns out that doves will cry after all, since they can’t listen to Prince on Apple Music or Spotify.

Hopping on to Spotify, I can see Prince’s albums and tracks, I just can’t play them. They’re all dimmed. Adding them to “My Music” just transfers a dimmed track name to my music lists, there’s no way to actually listen.

According to Billboard, Prince has long been uninterested in streaming his music, even with the odd track placed on Soundcloud and the current deal with Tidal.

U got the look.
U got the look.
Photo: Prince/YouTube

Prince’s publisher is pretty hardcore when it comes to getting Prince tracks removed from YouTube, as well, even when the songs are in the background.

The superstar came of age in the long ago days before the internet, and seems like the kind of cat that’d want hyper control of all of his stuff, though this may be more of a publishing move than a control issue. Trouble is, no one’s talking.

At least for now, that means you can only get Prince’s diamonds and pearls as purchasable tracks on iTunes, in record stores (hah), or on Jay Z’s Tidal.

Source: Billboard


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