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]