In 2014, Prince pulled his music from YouTube and yanked it from all streaming services except Tidal in 2015, forcing listeners to dig up old CDs and cassettes to ingest his dance hits the old fashioned way.
The boards were part of their "Purple campaign" in collaboration with Warner Bros. Records wrote; "When we make any of Prince's music available to fans - from the hits to unreleased gems - we are committed to upholding Prince's high creative standards and we know fans will be thrilled when they hear these albums and see these films".
Prince's early music catalog was made available across all streaming services on Sunday, nearly a year after his death, and record label Warner Bros. said it planned to release two albums of new music from the pop funk musician in June.
Records announced hours before the late musician's tracks started appearing on Spotify, Apple Music, and more.
Cameron Strang, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. The new streaming deal pertains only to the artist's work on Warner - which he exited in the mid-1990s after writing "slave" on his cheek and changing his name to the unpronounceable "love symbol" to protest his contractual conditions. It includes most of the music Prince recorded before 1995, including albums 1999, Purple Rain and Dirty Mind.
The star whose music was, up until now, only available on Jay Z's streaming site Tidal, played around with the idea of online streaming.
In November, Prince's estate cleared the way for a wider streaming arrangement by signing a publishing deal with Universal Music for the artist's entire catalogue.
This begs the question, is this the respect Prince would of wanted?