He's always has a love/hate relationship with streaming music, but his timing leaves more questions than answers...
Without issuing an official statement, Prince ordered that his music be pulled of Spotify and other streaming music services yesterday.
“Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog,” Spotify posted on the service's Prince page. “We have cooperated with the request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.”
The takedown extended to other services, though as of this morning, TIDAL still streamed the full Prince catalog.
Whether Prince just likes Jay-Z's pitch of a more artist friendly service or is becoming TIDAL's latest superstar owner/partner is unclear. But choosing to make the move a day after launched its streaming music service without a free tier is an interesting move.
His Next Move?
Beyond the reasoning behind granting TIDAL access, does Prince think that Apple Music is streaming's tipping point that will devastate download sales? Or will he be back up on Apple Music after the initial 90 day free period.
One other place online that you can find Prince is Soundcloud. In fact, just yesterday he posted a new track there.