Prince Was a Tech Innovator Who Didn’t Always Get Credit for His Early Commitment to Digital

Embraced e-commerce in the '90s

In 1997, Prince, who died today at 57, sold a three-CD set called Crystal Ball directly on the internet, making him one of the first major pop stars to embrace e-commerce. The only other way you could get the discs was by calling 1-800-New-Funk.

@Chris_Heine Christopher Heine is a New York-based editor and writer.