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"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 At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.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."  (Source: The Guardian)
Prince still isn't in love with the "New Power Generation"

Prince's antics in the online arena are no stranger to most tech followers. The eccentric musical artist has a relative distaste for technology and the internet due to unauthorized copies of his music and videos floating around in cyberspace.

Now, however, Prince has taken his tech hatred to the next level according to an interview he gave to the Daily Mirror. "The internet's completely over. I don't see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else," said Prince. "They won't pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can't get it."

The legendary artist went on to compare the internet to a television station that many 30-something-year-olds grew up on, only to see it dissolve into a sea of reality TV shows: MTV. "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 At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.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."

It's quite interesting that Prince takes such a hard stance against online music stores like iTunes, which holds a 69 percent share of the online music market. ITunes is also the world's largest single retailer of music with a share of 26.7 percent.

For his latest album, 20Ten, Prince has taken the unusual move of distributing 2.5 million free copies of the album in the United Kingdom. While the idea of free distribution for an album is not exactly unheard of for a popular artist/group, 20Ten will be distributed for free in July 10 editions of the Daily Mirror. Similar promotional schemes will be deployed for French and German audiences.

According to Rolling Stone, no official release date has been set for the United States.

Prince in the past has taken set his targets on YouTube, The Pirate Bay, and eBay.



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Seriously....
By themaster08 on 7/5/2010 5:18:33 PM , Rating: 5
Who gives a shit?




RE: Seriously....
By spathotan on 7/5/2010 5:21:16 PM , Rating: 5
Prince is srs bzns.

No, really. Who gives a shit what Prince thinks. More importantly who gives a shit about Prince? The 80s are over.


RE: Seriously....
By raumkrieger on 7/5/2010 6:30:24 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
More importantly who gives a shit about Prince?

Did anyone ever give any sort of defecation about prince? The 80s are over, but I can still name several artists who were big in the 80s and are still big today. Prince is not one of them.
He's just being whiny because he's not getting attention. Prince is the celebrity equivalent of a three year old.


RE: Seriously....
By Mitch101 on 7/5/2010 6:34:26 PM , Rating: 5
Response
The Internet: "Prince is Completely Over"


RE: Seriously....
By quiksilvr on 7/6/2010 12:18:39 AM , Rating: 5
I think we are missing the point. Yeah, HE might mean the Internet is Over like a moron seeking attention, but I honestly believe internet AS WE KNOW IT is going to change for the worse. With excessive advertisements, pirating crack downs, increasing ISP prices, it all looks pretty grim.

Plus we are seeing limitations to the amount of internet we can access. 5 GB 3G data caps for laptops, AT&T's limits on the internet, Comcast's internet limits.

Do I think Prince was thinking along these lines? No. Do I think Internet as we know it is over? It's getting there.


RE: Seriously....
By PrinceGaz on 7/6/2010 1:51:12 AM , Rating: 5
Rubbish. Piracy detection can be circumvented, ads can be blocked, and here in Britain at least, ISP prices continue to fall.

Unlimited downloads at 10Mbps for under £20/month is pretty much standard from any ISP, plus most decent ISPs provide a good binary news-server for their users as that helps the ISP minimise external traffic. Even though my particular 10Mbps connection gets reduced to 2.5Mbps at peak times if I use it flat-out, the internet has never been faster or cheaper here (I paid the same for a constant 2Mbps before).

Prince is irrelevant.


RE: Seriously....
By quiksilvr on 7/6/2010 9:09:18 AM , Rating: 2
Only 20 quid for a month? Do you have to bundle it with tele or the phone or is that price outright what you pay? Do you need a contract?

That's the issue I have. Yeah I can get 12 Mbps for $19.99 but that's only for the first 6 months, requires a $100 installation (regardless if you have a modem or not) and you have to have either their cable service or phone service. If you buy it without those services the price jumps to $60 a month just for internet. Granted there's no contract for any of this and they have a nice option for $5 a month for a modem and wireless router (together not each), but still! I would love to pay only 20 pounds a month for internet at those speeds.


RE: Seriously....
By Ammohunt on 7/6/2010 2:05:25 PM , Rating: 2
yeah...you know alot of those hit songs you so very much liked over the past decade or more? Guess who wrote those songs....The artist formally know as a ghey ass looking symbol.

quote:
For his latest album, 20Ten....


Prince has a new album? if it ain't on itunes i ain't buying it.


RE: Seriously....
By Pudro on 7/5/2010 7:13:01 PM , Rating: 5
Prince is unbelievably talented. It's just a shame that he usually fails to translate that talent into anything worthwhile.


RE: Seriously....
By FaaR on 7/6/2010 5:39:21 AM , Rating: 1
He may be "unbelievably talented", but it would seem he's talented at something that just isn't any damn good for anything.

If he could like...build stuff, invent or do research, or teach or similar one might actually care about what he's doing, but I don't see how squealing into a mike and grinding an electric guitar in your crotch compares...

Tiny man + biiiig ego = comical.


RE: Seriously....
By niva on 7/6/2010 11:59:19 AM , Rating: 3
Hey, I'm not a Prince fan at all, but the dude's made a living with his art and I have nothing but respect for that. Regardless of what we're saying here the guy still has fans that buy his music. Also he's apparently giving it away for free based on this article. I honestly don't understand what he was trying to say with the "internet is over" comment though.

Anyways, preach on.


RE: Seriously....
By Suntan on 7/7/2010 2:29:04 PM , Rating: 2
Personally, I like a lot of Prince songs (at least the older ones, don’t know if I’ve heard any of his more recent stuff) that said, what do I care about his, or any other entertainer’s, opinions on things?

I don’t care what entertainers say in their free time. I’m interested in them doing there jobs... namely, entertaining me.

The worst thing an entertainer can do to their career is open their mouth when they aren’t on stage/on camera performing, imo.

-Suntan


RE: Seriously....
By LordSojar on 7/5/10, Rating: -1
RE: Seriously....
By LordSooooStupid on 7/5/2010 6:07:10 PM , Rating: 5
"Prince is a Jehovah's Witness."

Stop being an arrogant prick. It's his right to worship as he sees fit. You do realize it's a right? All your talk about rights on other threads and you spout this heap. Hypocrite.
Oh, I could not care less about Prince but he has his rights even if your lordshit does not approve.


RE: Seriously....
By Gul Westfale on 7/5/2010 6:34:50 PM , Rating: 1
all imaginary deities that were invented by men are equally retarded.


RE: Seriously....
By LordSooooStupid on 7/5/2010 6:40:02 PM , Rating: 5
"all imaginary deities that were invented by men are equally retarded."

And yet, for now, we in the US still have the right to worship as we please or not at all.


RE: Seriously....
By HotFoot on 7/5/2010 7:09:10 PM , Rating: 5
... and people have a right to make fun of you for any reason they want to. You have a right to tell them to shut up, and they have a right to not listen to you.


RE: Seriously....
By LordSooooStupid on 7/5/2010 7:11:56 PM , Rating: 5
" and people have a right to make fun of you for any reason they want to. You have a right to tell them to shut up, and they have a right to not listen to you. "

Amen to that.


RE: Seriously....
By tastyratz on 7/6/2010 8:52:39 AM , Rating: 5
Ahh the internet.
Our productivity is boundless.

Our "uphill in the snow both ways" story for our grandkids will be about trolling, mp3's, myspace, and physical media.


RE: Seriously....
By Camikazi on 7/6/2010 9:07:18 AM , Rating: 2
Like a diamond, trolling is forever


RE: Seriously....
By Anoxanmore on 7/6/2010 10:30:46 AM , Rating: 4
Yet still not a girl's best friend. :(


RE: Seriously....
By Diesel Donkey on 7/5/2010 6:57:50 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah All Knowing One, how can you be so sure?

*Lays the can opener down next to the worms*


RE: Seriously....
By LordSooooStupid on 7/5/2010 7:14:32 PM , Rating: 2
"
*Lays the can opener down next to the worms*"

Careful of the sneaky can of worms! XD

*Opens a box of slippery slope*


RE: Seriously....
By SSDMaster on 7/6/2010 8:45:52 AM , Rating: 2
Imaginary? Are you implying that Jehovah's Witness's made up their god?

That's interesting considering a good bit of people who read the bible don't know who Jehovah is.


RE: Seriously....
By redbone75 on 7/6/2010 10:20:16 AM , Rating: 4
quote:
Imaginary? Are you implying that Jehovah's Witness's made up their god?

Aren't all gods made up?


RE: Seriously....
By The Raven on 7/6/2010 12:14:17 PM , Rating: 2
Gods? Like Steve Jobs, right? Yeah, the deity that he is; a man-made fabrication. Cupertino is a regular Jonestown.


RE: Seriously....
By callmeroy on 7/6/2010 9:07:57 AM , Rating: 2
....and just think over a billion people think at least one of those "retarded deities" created you......

(and people say God has no sense of humor...BAH!)


RE: Seriously....
By The Raven on 7/6/2010 12:19:35 PM , Rating: 2
QFT, but freedom isn't retarded.


RE: Seriously....
By YashBudini on 7/5/10, Rating: -1
RE: Seriously....
By inighthawki on 7/5/2010 9:16:57 PM , Rating: 5
especially if you post and all your votes are removed...


RE: Seriously....
By LordSooooStupid on 7/5/2010 11:01:42 PM , Rating: 2
Oh well, it's the thought that counts. Thanks.


RE: Seriously....
By sleepeeg3 on 7/5/2010 9:41:00 PM , Rating: 2
More like Prince is completely over the internet. Go back to partying like it's 1999.


RE: Seriously....
By DerekV on 7/6/2010 12:40:46 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously...? I don’t. I do hate to see such a wonderful music talent as Prince (and his work now is much more complete then in the 80's) and a great guitarist have such strong opinions. I just wonder if the tables were turned and the Internet was garnering Prince Millions of $$ every year if his "Tune" (no pun) would change... I suspect he, just as Metallica of the late 90's and early 2000's will find a happy median. He may as well, as soon as he releases anything it will go up on a torrent site that day....COOL!!!


RE: Seriously....
By callmeroy on 7/6/10, Rating: 0
RE: Seriously....
By Spivonious on 7/6/2010 9:21:06 AM , Rating: 2
I kind of agree with him. MTV used to show music videos and interview bands and such. Now they just show overprivileged 16 year-olds on "reality" shows.

The Internet used to be about sharing information, buying stuff, and finding others who share your interests. Now it's about advertising, i.e. "social networking".

I imagine in another 10 years we'll be on to the next "big thing" and the only ones on the Internet will be teenage girls.


RE: Seriously....
By Silver2k7 on 7/6/2010 2:28:56 PM , Rating: 2
Well social networking sort of started with Lunar Storm and teenage girls ^^

only have a few (seven) prince songs.. and so far im not that impressed. thought most might be from the 1990s, maybe he was better in the 1980s.


RE: Seriously....
By blueeyesm on 7/7/2010 9:18:18 AM , Rating: 2
Don't forget their dads, also acting as teenage girls.


Prince has a point...
By headbox on 7/5/2010 5:28:26 PM , Rating: 3
The internet has become nothing but a message board for sharing nothing of consequence, and then commenting on it. If you measure a person by their deeds, the internet has reduced humans to nothing but empty words.




RE: Prince has a point...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 7/5/2010 5:31:25 PM , Rating: 5
So you're telling me that the premise behind 2001: A Space Odyssey is true? :-)


RE: Prince has a point...
By Alexvrb on 7/5/2010 7:23:09 PM , Rating: 4
So you're telling me that there was a premise behind 2001: A Space Odyssey?


RE: Prince has a point...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 7/5/2010 8:06:12 PM , Rating: 3
RE: Prince has a point...
By Hyperion1400 on 7/5/2010 10:53:02 PM , Rating: 5
Did somebody just question the almighty Stanley Kubrick, who gave us such wonderful movies as, Ack! The Shinnin'!, FMJ, A Clockwork Orange, and Spartacus?!

What is this Mickey Mouse shit?


RE: Prince has a point...
By theapparition on 7/6/2010 2:20:12 PM , Rating: 3
Why do people associate 2001 with Kubrick? All he did was direct the movie version of the Arthur C. Clark book. The plot and ideas presented were all in the book. Kubrick had very little involvement, other than the usual book->movie condensation.

That's like giving Peter Jackson credit for the Lord of the Rings.


RE: Prince has a point...
By nafhan on 7/7/2010 10:18:30 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, Kubrick was pretty involved with the whole thing. Wiki quote below:
quote:
Originally, Clarke was going to write the screenplay for the film, but this proved to be more tedious than he had estimated. Instead, Kubrick and Clarke decided it would be best to write a prose treatment first and then adapt it for the film and novel upon its completion.
The screenplay and treatment were developed by Clarke and Kubrick in collaboration, which were loosely based on "The Sentinel" and incorporated elements from various other Clarke stories.
and
quote:
It (the novel) was developed concurrently with Stanley Kubrick's film version and published after the release of the film.


RE: Prince has a point...
By Lord 666 on 7/6/2010 8:31:50 AM , Rating: 2
Do you have a Flash Cliffnotes for Eyes Wide Shut? ;)


RE: Prince has a point...
By DerekV on 7/6/2010 12:45:20 AM , Rating: 2
You seem to have found your Niche hear in the "Irrelevant" world of commenting... have you not? Or is it me who is being the Hypocritical Moron?


RE: Prince has a point...
By BarkHumbug on 7/6/2010 2:20:39 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know about you but I think the pictures are pretty nice, though. ;)


RE: Prince has a point...
By retrospooty on 7/6/2010 8:33:51 AM , Rating: 2
"The internet has become nothing but a message board for sharing nothing of consequence, and then commenting on it. If you measure a person by their deeds, the internet has reduced humans to nothing but empty words. "

Really? Online movie downloads, mobile phone connectivity, etailers, and dont even get me started on the 10's of thousands of businesses that use it to be more productive on a dialy basis.


RE: Prince has a point...
By Silver2k7 on 7/6/2010 2:31:28 PM , Rating: 2
"The internet has become nothing but a message board for sharing nothing of consequence, and then commenting on it."

The person who created the internet wanted it to be *virtual ideaspace* a place for exchanging ideas :-)

Im sure internet is more than facebook, aleast its got great news sites like DailyTech :)


but...
By UnauthorisedAccess on 7/5/2010 11:30:43 PM , Rating: 2
...if Prince challenged you to a 3on3 half-court game, would you accept?

Brilliant pic, whenever I hear Prince I think of Charlie Murphy getting his arse handed to him.

(...and then I start thinking about Rick James...)




RE: but...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 7/5/2010 11:32:17 PM , Rating: 5
Game, blouses


RE: but...
By driver01z on 7/6/2010 3:21:30 PM , Rating: 2
CHARLAH MURPHAAAAAAHHH!


RE: but...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 7/6/2010 5:50:01 PM , Rating: 2
WHA OM GON DO BOW MA LEGGZZ CHAWLAY MURFAY!


RE: but...
By UnauthorisedAccess on 7/6/2010 9:47:12 PM , Rating: 2
What did the five fingers say to the face?

Ka-pahhhhh!!!

CHARLIE MURPHYAHHHHHHHHHHH


RE: but...
By JKflipflop98 on 7/10/10, Rating: 0
Aha!
By chagrinnin on 7/5/2010 5:14:22 PM , Rating: 5
reader1's true identity! :P




RE: Aha!
By StevoLincolnite on 7/6/2010 12:31:17 AM , Rating: 2
Makes me dislike him even more now. :P


Numbers
By boobo on 7/5/2010 6:03:11 PM , Rating: 5
But "20Ten" are numbers! That can't be good for you!




RE: Numbers
By driver01z on 7/6/2010 3:26:57 PM , Rating: 2
Fukin numbers. How do they work?


Envy
By XSpeedracerX on 7/5/2010 5:51:48 PM , Rating: 2
The internets iz in his libraryz, uploadin' hiz shiz and he hates it. He cant really stop it, so he just lashes out at it. His comparison of the net to MTV is whats really no good here. Things don't go away just because you don't like them. Even if your name is prince.

The biggest retailer of music world wide sells it through downloads only. You can't buy a wifi or 3G/4G connected mobile device without it featuring full frame internet browsing. Internet access around the world is getting to places where it isn't availible, and getting exponentially faster every decade where it is. Not exactly the vitals you expect to see from something that's 'completely over'.




RE: Envy
By YashBudini on 7/5/2010 8:58:38 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe he was referring to spellchecker?


Internet is like MTV
By arkcom on 7/5/2010 7:10:54 PM , Rating: 2
Video killed the Radio Star
Internet killed the Video Star
...
Or something.
Too many numbers in my head.




RE: Internet is like MTV
By bigdawg1988 on 7/6/2010 1:27:58 PM , Rating: 2
Ha ha, so true!
Prince is just like a lot of other former stars who can't understand why the world no longer revolves around him, so he is acting like a two-year old brat. He'll eventually accept it and make music for the few fans he still has. I'm still a fan of his, but I don't buy his music after the NPG club fiasco.
Thing is, the music INDUSTRY has been killing off real musicians for years - long before MTV. If Prince wants to rant about something he should rant about that (which he has). But blaming it all on the internet is just stupid and childish. Bootlegging has been around a long time... the internet was barely available when the Black Album got bootlegged.
I feel for him, but he needs to shut up before he loses the few fans he still has. Nobody likes old, bitter rock stars. He needs to remember Chuck Berry.


He's talking out of his ass . . .
By blueboy09 on 7/5/2010 7:52:11 PM , Rating: 1
Wait first he hates technology, then he turns around an gives out his latest album for free, which turns to be pretty successful for him. He's got his head waaaay up his ass. Don't contradict yourself man. If you hate technology, then you hate it, but don't telling other your propaganda to save humankind from the Internet, cause while they're is alot of bad in it, there's also good it in too. You just have to know where to look. The Internet is dead, pfft, whatever man.




By lightmessiah on 7/5/2010 8:16:35 PM , Rating: 3
Yep he's a bit of a nutcase but he still plays some mean guitar. Maybe because he's a bit of a nutcase.


I see what happened...
By jonmcc33 on 7/6/2010 2:29:02 AM , Rating: 2
He just watched "2 Girls 1 Cup".




RE: I see what happened...
By driver01z on 7/6/2010 3:24:30 PM , Rating: 2
"THAT'S IT. ITS OVER. EVERYONE GO HOME."


I just heard his name once
By Murloc on 7/6/2010 5:34:01 AM , Rating: 2
I never heard any song from him, and if you asked me about him before reading this article I would not have been able to answer.
He's dead.




By PitViper007 on 7/8/2010 2:20:22 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, you probably have. If not songs he's sung himself, then songs that he's written for other singers. The man is a prolific writer. I don't agree with what he's said here, but for me, that doesn't take away from his talent.


One of our gods is correct...
By Daniel8uk on 7/5/2010 6:00:26 PM , Rating: 3
See, this is why celebrities, musicians and artists should have more say on very important matters because deep down, they truly understand the world around us.

He is right, these gadgets are no good, oh yea you may argue that the Internet actually has the potential to educate the masses beyond a level never before seen, or the fact that these gadgets allow people to improve their day to day life by making things simpler, like communication and work and a million other things, but it all boils down to just numbers and as a wise man once said 'That can't be good for you' or something, he said something, but to be honest I wasn't really paying attention because I was looking at these numbers, oh and downloading this album called 20ten.

Oh and it also has the potential to unite men and women in a common struggle, the South Korean fiasco proves that, but these are trivial matters, what really matters in this world is that the people who deserve our respect and who we live to respect and praise get paid in advanced. After all if these media-proclaimed gods didn't receive the money and almighty praise then this world would truly fall apart.

Also, by the way when an artist boldly claims 'I'm giving my album way for freee!!! now come kiss my feet peasants' what they are actually doing is taking a very large cheque from the distributor of that said music and riding off into the sunset with a bag of coinage.




I think....
By aromero78 on 7/5/2010 11:19:26 PM , Rating: 3
I think they just wanted an excuse to use that Dave Chappelle pic. Makes it all worth while IMHO. If you don't like it, you could always purify yourself in the cool waters of lake minnetonka, I here that helps.




Please tell me the irony was intended
By Xentropy on 7/6/2010 12:25:43 AM , Rating: 1
"They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you."

Followed immediately by the stat-filled (i.e. filling your head with numbers) paragraph:

"It's quite interesting that Prince takes such a hard stance against online music stores like iTunes, which holds a 69 percent share of the online music market. ITunes is also the world's largest single retailer of music with a share of 26.7 percent."




By troscat on 7/6/2010 1:26:14 AM , Rating: 2
"They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you."

Irony you say? Sure the title of his new album say so. It can't be good for me too.


Daily Mirror? Really?
By probedb on 7/6/2010 3:36:08 AM , Rating: 2
You're citing the Daily Mirror as a news source? Seriously?

Not the most trustworthy of newspapers.




Dude...?
By masamasa on 7/6/2010 11:03:02 AM , Rating: 2
"They won't pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can't get it."

Dude...you're still around? I thought you moved to Mars.




Prince
By kring on 7/6/2010 3:01:48 PM , Rating: 2
How Funny would it be if prince doesn't sell out of his 2.5M free copies. Great 80's artist but after purple rain he ceased to exist.

He did have a great comeback a few years ago on the Chapelle show as a basketball freak! funny show.




huh?
By cokbun on 7/7/2010 1:11:16 AM , Rating: 2
he's still alive?




Prince: The internet is over...
By jeff834 on 7/7/2010 6:02:18 AM , Rating: 2
The World: Prince is over.




prince
By sherian82 on 7/5/2010 11:13:04 PM , Rating: 1
Prince get over yourself, you time is over and will never be regained. The 80's are over, retire already. No one care's about your music anymore!




Numbers suck!
By LobsterDK on 7/6/2010 4:36:09 AM , Rating: 1
Damn skippy! What good has ever come of numbers?

They confuse you at the checkout when you have a lot of coupons.

They make you go in to some sort of OCD spastic fit when someone rattles off a series of them that you have to remember as you are running to get a pen <yelling out loud> 8673429, 8673429, 876 .. no wait, 8665 .. FUCK!! What was it again?</yelling out loud>.

And I can't tell you the number of times I've gone to a bar with $50 in my pocket, bought 3 drinks, and woke up the next morning with $4.75. WHERE THE FUCK DID IT ALL GO?! IT DOESN'T ADD UP!!

Fuck numbers!! Numbers fucking suck!




?
By homernoy on 7/5/10, Rating: 0
RE: ?
By homernoy on 7/5/10, Rating: 0
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