In an interview with British tabloid The Daily Mirror, music icon Prince says he believes the Web is dead, and digital music distribution is a thing of the past.
“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 At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.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.”
In 2006, Prince shut down his official website and hasn’t re-opened it.
Apparently The Artist isn’t opposed to all digital gadgetry: his new album is being released as a CD giveaway with the Saturday edition of the Mirror. (I assume the disk is intended to be played?)
“The Internet is completely over,” says Prince. “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.”
An article in the London Telegraph reports that in 2007, Prince announced that he would sue eBay, YouTube and the Pirate Bay for the unauthorized use of his music. “Ever since, he has banned such sites from using his music in any fashion and refused to work with legal paid-for options like iTunes, 7Digital or eMusic.”
In other news, corsets and spittoons might be making a comeback.