Our world has become so complicated. For instance, take the simplest of things that we all do; listen to music. Even that has become complicated with events like this. Prince has just pulled all his music off Spotify, leaving it only on Tidal. You might remember that we reported on the birth of Tidal as Jaz-Z’s music streaming service some time ago and you can read that blog here. Anyway, back to Prince. The official notification posted on Spotify stated:
“Prince’s publishers have asked all streaming services to remove his catalog. We have cooperated with the request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.”
Requests for comment from Prince’s camp resulted in “no comment.”
Some insiders have warned against artists removing their music from streaming services saying that it is only going to lead to a rise in piracy. The thought process is that people pay for services because they want to get all the music they love in one place but forcing them to retrieve it via three or four streaming services will make consumers unhappy and lead to piracy.
Prince’s retreat on Spotify is not the first one for a major act. Last year, Taylor Swift pulled her music from Spotify saying that it was an “experiment.” Said Swift, “I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.” Other artists like country star Jason Aldean followed suit.
We’ll let you know if Prince decides to stream elsewhere. Maybe when the Tide goes out.