Prince has died aged 57, with a near 40-year career leaving behind 39 studio albums, two of which he released last year. The musician famous for classics like ‘Purple Rain’, ‘When Doves Cry’ and ‘1999’ was a notable opponent of Spotify and YouTube, only a few weeks ago criticising YouTube’s failure to pay ‘equitable licensing fees’.
What this means for the thousands of fans mourning his death across the globe is that listening to his classics online has become difficult in an age where streaming is the norm. This is where fans can listen to Prince’s music online.
Only one Prince track is on Spotify: ‘Stare’, which he put on the service after removing his entire catalogue. The streaming service also has some other tracks of his from compilation albums.
Prince requested that a lot of his music – including live performances – be removed from YouTube too. There are still some classic performances though, including this one of ‘Purple Rain’ during a rainstorm at the Super Bowl. Below we’ve included his amazing cover of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ and his performance of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ at George Harrison’s Hall of Fame introduction in 2004.
Apple Music has very little Prince material: 2011 single ‘Extraloveable’, 2015 single ‘This Could B Us’, and his 2015 album ‘HITNRUN Phase Two’. There are also a few songs from compilation albums, including his cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case Of You’, and his Happy Feet soundtrack song ‘The Song of the Heart’.
This service across 950 local libraries in the US and Canada uses brings library card holders music and films for free. Check out the huge library of Prince material you can listen to here.
Tidal has the largest catalogue of Prince material, with 33 of his albums including ‘1999’, ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘Prince’. In December, he explained why he preferred the platform: “Tidal is sinking money into it and they need it. And my heart is always on because I want them to do well. [Beyoncé and Jay Z] have taken a lot of abuse, their family has. A historic amount of abuse between the two of ‘em. And when we win on this, none of us’ll gloat.”