Is 'Purple Rain' On Spotify? The Legend's Finest Work Is Hard To Stream
Proving that the world is a cruel, awful place, Prince passed away Thursday at the age of 57, and it's obvious to say that we're all still emotionally reeling. From tribute DJ sets to super strange boinkfests, there isn't any right or wrong way to honor his memory, but the usual go-to move is to put on your favorite Prince album and party like it's 1999. If you're more of a fairweather fan and want to start slow, you would probably pick out a classic like Purple Rain to stream. But is Purple Rain on Spotify? Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but hard no. And if you weren't already in the know, the news only gets worse from there.
For the most part, Prince kept his music off the Internet, because he had a long vendetta with how artists lose money through new-age methods of listening to songs. In 2014 he swept all of his music off YouTube and 2015 saw him taking his music off most streaming services. However, this distaste all dates way back to a 2010 article with the Daily Mirror, in which he spoke about how he hated how the Internet revolutionized listening to music at the expense of the artist: "The internet's completely over. I don't see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won't pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can't get it."
What's weird is that you can, however, stream Prince's music on TIDAL. Because the streaming service gives 75 percent of it's revenue to artists (higher than both Spotify and Apple Music), it makes sense that the Purple One would see that as a fair deal. The only caveat is that TIDAL is a subscription based service, so it's either going to cost you $9.99 for the basic premium ad-free service or $19.99 for HiFi quality.
If all else fails, you can also get crazy and actually purchase Purple Rain on iTunes or Amazon. His music is readily available to buy, and well, it's fair to say that such a legend probably deserves our money. The short end of it is that part of Prince's legacy was about keeping his music sort of special, and respecting their value. If you're bank account is on the low-end then it's fair to say that this isn't the ideal time to get in his Royal Badness. However, it's also fair to say that letting the purple rain over you and investing in his body of work is, without question, worth it.
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