Good luck streaming Prince from now on. The artist has pulled his catalog from many online streaming services, except for Tidal and Google Play.
“Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog,” a message on his Spotify artist page reads. “We have cooperated with the request and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.”
His discography originally appeared on Apple Music, which launched on Tuesday, but has since been pulled from the library. Prince and his team have a long history with safeguarding his music, and last year they removed all content from his YouTube channel.
Back in 2011, he told the Guardian he took a hit at online piracy. “We made money [online] before piracy was real crazy,” he told the paper. “Nobody’s making money now except phone companies, Apple and Google … It’s like the gold rush out there. Or a carjacking. There’s no boundaries.”
Prince, is, however still using Soundcloud, and posted a brand new track, “HARDROCKLOVER,” to the site hours before pulling his music from other streaming services.