Prince Won’t Stream — and this is What it Sounds Like When Doves Cry

With the launch of Apple Music, it’s easy to get heady about the state of streaming media. Holdouts like AC/DC are making their music available on streaming services and Taylor Swift made 1989 available on the fruit company’s service.

So, war is over (which is also available on streaming)?

Not exactly. Prince (remember when he was symbol dude?), is making waves about taking his music unavailable via streaming. The Purple One pulled his music from Spotify and Rdio and is so far a no-show on Apple Music. But his tracks are still available on Google Music All Access and Tidal.

TechCrunch is speculating that Prince is removing his work from services with a free tier.

Prince is no stranger to criticizing the music industry and digital distribution. He’s pulled his music from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. He also called Taylor Swift the new Prince for her stand on streaming music.

However, he’s also made curious statements about the internet in general, calling it “completely over…The internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”

While you consider those words of wisdom, here’s Kevin Smith talking about a project he was supposed to work on with Prince.

Via TechCrunch. Photos by Jessica Watkins/flickr.

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