Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Prince Takes His Music Catalog Off Of All Streaming Services Including Spotify and Apple Music


Prince took his entire music catalog off all streaming services this week. It looks like he tweeted his unhappiness with streaming on June 25th. (No one noticed?)He’d read an article on the Daily Beast that summed up Spotify’s relationship with the record labels. And then he yanked it all away.

Remember– this is the same Prince who changed his name to a symbol and fought with the old Warner Music Group over ownership of his masters and royalty payments. He re-recorded his whole catalog just to take it away from them. Prince is quite savvy about ownership rights in the music business. That’s how he’s maintained his independence.

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Good for Prince. Tonight I tried to get the 3 month trial membership to AppleMusic. This would have required turning my entire music library over to them to be grilled as little dogs on the iTunes grill. I said no thanks.

Prince also released a cool new track on SoundCloud. Let’s enjoy that.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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