Prince's Music Reportedly Coming to Apple Music February 12

Prince's catalog of songs is headed to Apple Music and other streaming services, like Spotify, Pandora, Google Play and more, on February 12, reports the New York Post. Currently, Prince's songs are only available to stream on Tidal.

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It would be the first time in 19 months the singer's music would be available on that many streaming networks. Prince pulled his music from all streaming services except for Tidal 9 months before his death. Since his death, Prince's estate has been working on deals with various services to make his music available for streaming again.

The music will go live on streaming services during the Grammys on February 12. The award show will feature a tribute to Prince featuring music artists Rihanna, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd. While the music that will become available on streaming services falls under the late artist's Warner Music contract, the Post says music from his secretive "vault" is also being negotiated.

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37 months ago

I'm not sure he would've wanted this. He hates digital media.


He was fine with Tidal. What he liked, brilliant as he was, was money and artistic control. Hence the whole "slave" dispute with the record labels in the 90s.
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37 months ago
Rogifan passes out smiling.
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37 months ago

He was fine with Tidal. What he liked, brilliant as he was, was money and artistic control. Hence the whole "slave" dispute with the record labels in the 90s.

But he liked Tidal because it had FLAC. If it was just 256 AAC, I'm sure he would've removed it from there too. He always talks about digital music being lossy, that's not the case with Tidal.
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37 months ago

But he liked Tidal because it had FLAC. If it was just 256 AAC, I'm sure he would've removed it from there too. He always talks about digital music being lossy, that's not the case with Tidal.


I understand that some artists are big about promoting lossy music, but for older artists it seems a bit odd. After all, most of their sales were on vinyl or tapes, which wouldn't have anywhere near the quality or lack of deterioration that you'd get from 256 AAC. So people are getting a much better listening experience now than they would have back then.

The main problem I've found with digital music from re-releases is the loudness war. Losing so much dynamic range that came with the originals is a real shame.
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37 months ago

Rogifan passes out smiling.

Well I already own what's available on iTunes so this won't do much for me. Put everything from 1994-2013 on Apple Music and maybe I will. :)
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It was really because it was artist own and they were paying him more than the others.

Yes he complained about the money from Spotify going to record labels not artists. He once went on an epic rant about YouTube too but unfortunately deleted all those tweets. His estate is still pretty ruthless about removing any live footage from YouTube and Facebook.

http://consequenceofsound.net/2016/03/prince-explains-his-anti-youtube-stance-and-why-he-removes-all-concert-footage/
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37 months ago
This will create Controversy...
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37 months ago

Yes, the NPG version is better to me. The officially released version is similar and nice, but lacks the tremendous ad-libs found on the version most people probably know best. I think he intentionally used the lesser version on the Gold Experience on purpose

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He did make peace with WB before his passing, however. One album I'd really love to see go digital is Lotusflow3r, I think many non-Prince fans who gave it a chance would be shocked at his rock prowess on those songs, especially his cover of Crimson and Clover and his song Dreamer.


There's a certain dreamy mellowness to the original TMBGITW that is lost on the Gold Experience version. For anybody else reading, I recommend also checking out The Beautiful Experience EP. He takes the song and runs with it.

Lotusflow3r is available on Tidal. I'm not a member, so can't tell whether it's available for streaming, but it's available for purchase along with a lot of other good music that more people need to hear (N.E.W.S., Xpectation, Rainbow Children, Even the NPG Music club albums The Slaughterhouse and The Chocolate Invasion are in there: http://tidal.com/au/store/artist/4847 This is music that shouldn't fall to the wayside.

Makes me sad that so many either don't know he could shred on guitar or think his best guitar solo was at the RRHOF because that's one of the few videos you can find on YouTube.


The RRHOF solo is nice, but not up there with the greatest. It may have helped if the guitar was louder in the mix. This is one clip I link to that I reckon shows better form (Empty Room from Montreux 2009): [MEDIA=youtube]QugiEsNKVg8[/MEDIA]
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37 months ago
Very sad he left no will to direct what should be done with his assets. Given that, pretty much anything is fair game. In death and with a bank/lawyers in control of his estate, he is now a product and hopefully he will be exposed to new fans and maybe casual fans will dig deeper into his library.

Prince is by far the most diverse artist I have ever seen. When I saw him give that killer performance with Tom Petty in 2004 in tribute to George Harrison, I couldn't believe this was the same guy who performed songs like Gett Off, Diamonds and Pearls, etc. jazz.
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37 months ago

Yes, the NPG version is better to me. The officially released version is similar and nice, but lacks the tremendous ad-libs found on the version most people probably know best. I think he intentionally used the lesser version on the Gold Experience on purpose

Prince's first real album outside of Warner Bros. was Emancipation (hence the name), an album I've owned since release and never seem to be amazed how tracks I considered filler catch me putting them in rotation. Although being three discs long, that's understandable.

I find it sad and odd that he passed so shortly after all of his masters were under his control. He had a 25-year battle and shortly after it was over, he passed with no will.

He did make peace with WB before his passing, however. One album I'd really love to see go digital is Lotusflow3r, I think many non-Prince fans who gave it a chance would be shocked at his rock prowess on those songs, especially his cover of Crimson and Clover and his song Dreamer.

Dreamer is amazing. Thankfully not everything has been removed from YouTube yet.

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I wish he hadn't been so stringent with his music. Makes me sad that so many either don't know he could shred on guitar or think his best guitar solo was at the RRHOF because that's one of the few videos you can find on YouTube.
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37 months ago

"My guitar gentley weeps" Seriously, how can he make the guitar sound so emotional? Only Prince could do that! The guitar loved him!

I want to BUY music not rent. I've accepted the fact that my Prince collection will never be complete but can somebody (preferably Apple) take my money please!
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