Prince’s music returns to Spotify and other streaming services
Prince’s music is once again available on several streaming services, including Spotify, Amazon Music, and Google Play. Back in 2015, The Purple One’s music became exclusive to Tidal, although the late singer’s estate challenged the subscription streaming service’s rights to the catalog after Prince died.
Apple Music, Pandora, and iHeartRadio have also struck deals with Warner Bros. Records, and iHeartRadio has developed an entire iHeartPrince station. Prince himself was always wary of having his music available on the internet, citing how difficult it is for musicians to make money off of digital sales and streaming.
Most of what’s currently up comes from Prince’s Warner Bros. catalog, which only covers 1978 – 1996. However, his estate recently reached a deal with Universal Music Group, which will now manage his later and unreleased work. It’s probably just a matter of time until that material shows up on streaming services as well.
In the meantime, 18 studio albums and six compilations, including “For You,” “Purple Rain,” and “1999” are currently available.
[h/t Pitchfork | Photo: Getty]