Want to listen to Prince on Spotify or Rdio? You can't anymore


Prince is no longer on some of the Web's most popular streaming music services.

The music icon pulled his catalog from Spotify, Rdio and Deezer, TechCrunch reports – all services that offer free streaming with limitations, while an option to pay monthly unlocks more features and less ads.

Prince's music is still on Tidal, the newly launched pay-only service back by Jay Z. Tidal streamed his recent Rally 4 Peace concert. It's also reportedly still up on Google's All Access subscription plan too, CNET.com reports.

But as for the popular, on-demand "freemium" services? Prince is gone, whether you have a paid subscription or not.

(Note: Prince's catalog has not been, and still isn't, part of Apple's new streaming service Apple Music.)

On Spotify, the Prince page said his publisher "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," according to reports.

And on Rdio, the Prince page simply has no Purple One songs available.

The New York Times describes the 57-year-old Prince as "a longtime advocate for artists’ rights, particularly his own." While the Star Tribune uses the phrase "super-protective of his music, videos and even image."

Spotify says it has more than 75 million active users (though only 20 million are paying subscribers).

Rdio doesn't have updated numbers on its site, but last year, it was thought Rdio had around 500,000 paid subscribers in the U.S., Billboard reported. In May, the service announced a new $3.99 a month subscription plan, the cheapest subscription option around, according to the company. It's also expanding into Europe.

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