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    Posted on Jul 2, 2015

    Prince Pulls His Music From Streaming Services — Except Tidal

    "He never meant to cause U any sorrow, he never meant to cause U any pain…"

    Prince abruptly pulled his entire music catalog from subscription streaming services on Thursday — except for Tidal.

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    The singer did not give an apparent explanation for removing his work from the services, such as Spotify. Spotify still has a page up for Prince, but it just has a note:

    Spotify / Via play.spotify.com

    It reads:

    Prince's publishers have 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.

    His music, though, remains on Jay Z's Tidal streaming service.

    Tidal / Via listen.tidal.com

    Deezer, a European streaming service, also confirmed to BuzzFeed News that it is in the process of removing Prince's music from its service.

    Deezer / Via Deezer.com

    The company's CEO said in a statement that artists removing their music from their service is only going to lead to a rise in piracy.

    "People pay for our service because they want to get all the music they love in one place," Hans-Holger Albrecht said. "Forcing consumers to go to three or four streaming services to get all the music they want will drive them back to piracy."

    A rep for Prince told BuzzFeed News that they had "no comment or further info" on the matter.

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    Streaming services have been receiving pushback over the past year from some artists who said they are not adequately compensated for their work.

    Last year, Taylor Swift pulled her music from Spotify, saying that it was an "experiment."

    "I'm not willing to contribute my life's work to an experiment that I don't feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music," she said at the time. "And I just don't agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free."

    Other artists like country star Jason Aldean followed suit. More recently, Swift waged a public battle with Apple over their artist compensation for Apple Music.

    The company changed their policy after Swift wrote an open letter decrying Apple for treating artists poorly.

    BuzzFeed News has reached out to Apple and Tidal for comment.