Prince Pulls out of Every Streaming Service Except TIDAL and Google Play…

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Apple Music has nabbed a lot of artists that have avoided other streaming services, such as Taylor Swift and Thom Yorke. One artist they haven’t swayed is Prince.

Prince’s music has been removed from all streaming services except Google Play Music and TIDAL, an extremely confusing move. Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, and others had to remove Prince’s music.

Spotify had the following statement on Prince’s Spotify page: “Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog“. But it looks like the statement has been removed. Looks like Spotify figured out that only some streaming services received the request.


Prince at Coachella” by penner. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

18 Responses

      • Anonymous

        Doesn’t make any sense to let Google stream it, though.

        • Anonymous

          Isn’t Google Play’s royalty rate nearly 2 cents per stream? I seem to remember it being particularly high. Which may be the reason they still have his music.

  1. PiratesWinLOL

    The symbol is a great artist, but also a certified nutjob:

    I wouldn’t be surprised, if he changes his mind yet again very soon. Anyway, on the positive side, even AC/DC finally dropped their stubborn ideas and joined the world of today. It seems like you have to be as crazy as the symbol to reject streaming these days.

  2. Capt Anonymous

    He probably forgot about TIDAL and Google streaming services… everyone else has.

  3. Anonymous

    I’m listening to the full album of “1999” via Rhapsody in the US right now. And the remainder of his catalog seems to be available on Rhapsody.

  4. Anonymous

    And nothing of value was lost.

    On a serious note, this probably has to do with royalty rates? Tidal and Google Play and undoubtedly two of the highest paying services per stream on average. I’m guessing he just pulled off of the low rate services. No word on whether or not he pulled from Xbox music.

    • Troglite

      Prince’s catalog is indeed still available on Xbox music, but that could change at any time.

  5. Morris Vanity Elecktra

    I would have imagined that Prince never pulls out.

  6. Mike

    His catalogue is still on Deezer as of Thursday Afternoon despite the above story

  7. Antinet

    Prince is great, but he did just get a ton of publicity for this. Not sure he really needs it. His live reputation is at the very top. Fact is, streaming is only valuable if noone knows who you are. For someone like Prince, there really is almost zero reason for cheap streaming.

    • Troglite

      Nail meets head.

      This is probably the only valuable lesson to be learned from Taylor Swift on the topic of streaming.


    The headline is misleading. However Prince is one of the smartest and talented music business man to date. He knows how to control his music. BTW – Taylor Swift got all the press and brother Prince is relegated to the last page. Go figure. God Bless you Prince.

  9. J

    I think it’s hilarious how folk really don’t get what The Purple One is doing here.