Prince Throws New Sulk About Streaming, Raging Unto Spotify

By Gary Cutlack on at

Prince has once again shuffled his music around and removed it from several of the streaming sites it was on, although those that only offer paid tiers -- like Tidal and Google's Play Music -- still have most of his back catalogue available 4U.

This latest sulk sees Prince's music disappear from the freebie ad-supported likes of Spotify, Rdio and Deezer, with Spotify replacing his artist profile page with a message that reads: "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.

It's a baffling move. Kids today get their musical knowledge from the free streaming services, so it seems quite a bit short sighted to stop the youth listening to your tunes. How else am I supposed to teach my child how awesome Alphabet Street is and turn him into a lifelong Prince fan, when the CDs went to the charity shop a decade ago and it's not on YouTube?

Prince is also not averse to using streaming sites when it suits him. A new sexy-sound-of-the-summer single, called HARDROCKLOVER, was launched via Soundcloud a couple of days ago on his official account, so whatever Soundcloud's doing to pay artists clearly appeals to him a bit more than the percentages that come his way from Spotify. [Wired]