How to Listen to Prince's Music Online
The artist, notorious for his aversion to the internet, pulled his songs from many streaming services but there are still a few places you can listen.
Last summer Spotify users looking to jam out to a little Prince instead found a message on his page notifying them that his songs had been pulled from the music streaming service.
The musician’s well-documented aversion to the internet seeped into his position of music streaming, and over the years he was aggressive in taking down unauthorized recordings of his songs on YouTube. And in July 2015, he removed his catalog from several music streaming services, including Spotify, Rdio and Apple Music.
But Prince fans mourning his death yesterday still have a few options when it comes to finding his music online. Here they are:
After yanking his music from most streaming services, Prince remained loyal to Jay Z’s Tidal, keeping his entire catalog available on the subscription streamer. He told Ebony that “Spotify wasn’t paying, so you gotta shut it down.” Last year he dropped HITNRUN Phase One & Phase Two exclusively on Tidal. Unlike Spotify, Tidal does not have a free version. Only clips of the songs are available without a $9.99 a month subscription.
It’ll cost you, but Prince’s library is available in full on the music download service. The Very Best of Prince is currently selling for $12.99 while albums including 1999 and the Purple Rain soundtrack are just $9.99. Individual songs can be downloaded for $1.29 each. A mere hours after his death, his songs already topped iTunes’ Top Songs chart. As of Thursday night, "Purple Rain" was No. 1, followed by No. 3 "Little Red Corvette," No. 5 "When Doves Cry" and No. 8 "Kiss." Meanwhile, The Very Best of Prince was the top album on iTunes as of Thursday night, when Purple Rain, The Hits/The B-Sides and 1999 were also among the top 10. The only music video available on iTunes, "Black Sweat," was also charting.
Like iTunes, Amazon and Google both sell music downloads, and Prince’s catalog is available for purchase on their websites. But their streaming services, Prime Music and Google Music, do not offer a complete listening option.
Prince has taken down many illegal videos posted to the video streaming site, but if you want to watch his 2007 Super Bowl halftime show, you’re in luck. The NFL has an eight-minute video about the show, including clips from his performance of “Purple Rain” in the pouring rain.
The satellite radio company has created a limited-run channel devoted to playing Prince's biggest hits. The Prince Tribute Channel, which launched April 21 and will run through April 29, features early recordings from the pop icon as well as his more recent releases. It will further include music inspired by Prince or from artists who worked closely with him. The channel is also available online and through the SiriusXM app.
April 22, 9:37 a.m. Updated to include details of SiriusXM's channel.