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07/06/2010

“The internet is completely over” – Prince

Forget iTunes. You won’t be buying this pop star’s new album 20TEN online.
Prince, or whatever the heck he is calling himself these days, is denouncing computers and says the web is done.

If you manage to read close to the halfway point in this article from the U.K. newspaper the Mirror, the artist says he will not be releasing his latest studio album to any online music store.

In fact, he’ll only be releasing the record on compact disc. You know, those thin shiny things you insert in the car stereo? CD.

To further illustrate how anti-web this guy is, remember: Prince doesn’t even have an official website. He did at one point have a site that was so good it won a Webby award for Special Achievement, but he shut it down.

And now in the latest story from the Mirror, the artist actually named Prince Rogers Nelson spews some things the average geek would be scratching their heads over.

“The internet's completely over. I don't see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else,” he told the paper. “They won't pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can't get it.”

The comments continued: “Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good.”

About three years ago, he also tried to “reclaim the net” and have thousands of music videos taken off YouTube and illegal downloading sites. His rational was that if YouTube is able to block porn, why can’t it block copyrighted material?

Maybe next time, we’ll hear a big music star announce that they’re only releasing their music on vinyl. Considering its recent resurgence – that might not be such a bad idea.

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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