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Prince’s music available on Apple Music and back on Spotify – but is it what he wanted?


Attention Prince fans, it’s time to party like it’s 1999 – the entire catalogue of the late purple-loving musician is now available on Apple Music for the first time and back on streaming service Spotify.

From today, all of his classic albums including Controversy, Purple Rain, 1999, Sign O’ The Times, Dirty Mind and Diamonds and Pearls, can all be heard on these music services.

But this move seems to go against Prince’s wishes. Before he died on April 21, 2016, Prince famously took back his catalog from Spotify in 2015 in protest of the service’s free streaming tier.

Prince was always been one to stand up for artists’ rights many years before digital music and streaming services existed.

In a well-documented dispute with his record label Warner Bros he changed his name to a symbol because they weren’t releasing his backlog of music fast enough.

He went back to using his Prince name in 2000 when he was signed to a new label – Arista Records.

Prince on Apple Music
Prince on Apple Music

But since Prince’s death, the managers of the musician’s estate have had a huge change of heart.

And the reported $100m his estate (believed to be worth more than $200) owes in taxes looks the reason for the posthumous backflip.

Prince is back on Spotify
Prince is back on Spotify

The only streaming service Prince approved before his death was Tidal – partly owned by hip-hop royalty Jay Z – because its business model was slanted more in the artists’ favour.

Prince’s music is available now on Apple Music and Spotify.