Prince: 'The Internet Is Over'

Prince has announced that the internet is "over".

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"I really believe in finding new ways to distribute my music," pop legend Prince told the Daily Mirror in an exclusive interview.

"The Internet's completely over," he said. "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."

"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 At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.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."

Of the title of his new album, he added: "I just think it's a year that really matters. These are very trying times."

Prince's famous and longstanding battle against the web gained steam in 2007, when Prince declared his intention to file lawsuits against YouTube, eBay and The Pirate Bay for users' appropriation of his music. He's banned such sites from using it, and he's also refused to work with legal, legitimate outlets such as eMusic and iTunes.

And don't try to find his official site; it's been shut down, as well.

The singer-songwriter will give away his new album 20Ten with copies of The Mirror and Daily Record on July 10. The album will not be available to download.

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    Niiko
    He's got a point. Unless you self distribute all your merch and albums then you're not really making anything and most times you're making less in digital sales than you would in actual album/single sales
    spiderpigface
    The artists barely make any money from iTunes, Prince is smart for doing this. He's a great guitarist, a musical genius, and a smart man.
    -xCaMRocKx-
    Prince, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
    Thrashtastic15
    Scourge441 wrote: Prince is really freakin' dumb. Nirvana_RATM2 wrote: Manager : It's not that easy, try finding a manager who can do that AND be a good manager Merch : Someone to design the shirts, then you have to find a company and pay them to make the shirts. Tour Manager : How do you expect to play any shows besides your local bars and clubs without one? If you book a "tour" you are merely playing other shit hole clubs around the nation. A lot of musicians underestimate the cost and the people they need to get somewhere. But then again a lot of musicians on this site thing the "industry" is evil and that "protools" has ruined music and apparently that the "pretty people" are ruling the music world.... Everything you described can be handled by the bands themselves. Most underground bands don't need a manager and can handle booking shows themselves (yes, that includes venues bigger than local bars). Shirt printing isn't as expensive as you think, and designs can be had for fairly cheap as well if you find some art students nearby/on the internet. You're really underestimating the resources musicians have at their disposal, largely because of the internet. The only thing piracy hurts is album sales, and a smart band would use music piracy to build dedicated fanbases who will go through the trouble to purchase the albums, shirts, stickers, etc.
    I came in here to write pretty much what you just did. Thanks for saving me a good 5-10 minutes.
    lionslicer9999
    He's right about the money part. Putting music on itunes is pretty much useless now of days. But CD's were outdated a long time ago, fans only buy CD's if they are huge fans and have collections of the CD's or just want to give the musicians some money for their hard work. But I don't know what Prince is gonna come up with... He'll probably say the only way you can hear his music is if you go to church and buy the CD after like 10 masses or something extreme.
    itch222
    this is almost like what Bruce from maiden said...except he actually let's people download maiden's music...i think Bruce was bigger on the digital quality of music though...i hope the internet won't be a big issue with all the artists becasue the internet is the only way i can get my shit because there aren't many record/CD stores in my neighborhood with good shit...
    Tool1986
    All I'm hearing from this is Prince is going to be the next Al Gore and invent Internet 2.0 . It'll be like the matrix, but everything will be purple instead of green.
    KataklysmDeth
    Putrefaction wrote: Fuck Prince. I make music because I enjoy doing it, not because it could make me money. The music industry itself is bullshit
    This
    KataklysmDeth
    Abacus11 wrote: Spoonerismz wrote: Too bad he sucks Are you high? Sure, Prince is known mainly as a pop artist but he's also a brilliant musician and songwriter. Give his music and open-minded listen and I can almost guaranteed you'll be pleasantly surprised.
    I, personally, HATE his music. Not that it sucks. Not that he's a bad musician. His style is just crappy.
    GMPX
    Ebay ad, For Sale, one Netgear ADSL modem, once used by the artist now known as HTTP404
    ndschroede23
    Prince saying the Internet is no longer relevant. Wouldn't that be like the telegraph saying the iPhone is old news? Or George W. Bush calling Stephen Hawking an idiot?
    Putrefaction
    Fuck Prince. I make music because I enjoy doing it, not because it could make me money. The music industry itself is bullshit
    lukas1324
    idk let him do what he wants. why is eveyrone trolling in this article? lmfao. prince was always a nut, hes got enogh moeny to do whatever he wants. idk if i agree with him or not.
    Scourge441
    Prince is really freakin' dumb.
    Nirvana_RATM2 wrote: Manager : It's not that easy, try finding a manager who can do that AND be a good manager Merch : Someone to design the shirts, then you have to find a company and pay them to make the shirts. Tour Manager : How do you expect to play any shows besides your local bars and clubs without one? If you book a "tour" you are merely playing other shit hole clubs around the nation. A lot of musicians underestimate the cost and the people they need to get somewhere. But then again a lot of musicians on this site thing the "industry" is evil and that "protools" has ruined music and apparently that the "pretty people" are ruling the music world....
    Everything you described can be handled by the bands themselves. Most underground bands don't need a manager and can handle booking shows themselves (yes, that includes venues bigger than local bars). Shirt printing isn't as expensive as you think, and designs can be had for fairly cheap as well if you find some art students nearby/on the internet. You're really underestimating the resources musicians have at their disposal, largely because of the internet. The only thing piracy hurts is album sales, and a smart band would use music piracy to build dedicated fanbases who will go through the trouble to purchase the albums, shirts, stickers, etc.
    rockfreak611
    JohnnyApplecore wrote: He has a point. It's easy to get gigs worth of music via the internet, so easy it makes you appreciate the music itself less than you would otherwise. Put down your ipod, grab your favorite album and put in a cd player, see which you appreciate more. Worked for me.
    same. i've downloaded an album or two though itunes and I've never valued, appreciated, or listened to all of the songs as much as all of the albums that I've bought in CD format. this is why i hate itunes
    Sea Ragoo
    Jonzy22 wrote: I like prince but he's a ****ing drama queen. "OMG I'M NOT GETTING 100,000 FROM THE INTERNET TO ADD TO MY MILLIONS....WELL FUCK THE INTERNET MUST BE OVER'. he needs to calm down, have some sex and write a song. and quit bitching. if anything the internet is probably the only reason he's music is still going strong. he should be thankful
    have some sex lmao
    Andragon
    Prince, at one time you were hip and suddenly you became outdated. Oh snap!
    Nirvana_RATM2
    So only intelligent musicians would succeed?... Who said anything about plug-ins? Try finding a legit monitor,mixer,compressors,mics,cables, etc. THOSE are expensive. Pro-Tools is a recording medium why is it being brought up? Pro-Tools didn't ruin the music industry. People who used it did. Pro-Tools has NOTHING to do with making people sound good? It's a PROGRAM. haha pretty people? this is getting ridiculous. Manager : It's not that easy, try finding a manager who can do that AND be a good manager Merch : Someone to design the shirts, then you have to find a company and pay them to make the shirts. Tour Manager : How do you expect to play any shows besides your local bars and clubs without one? If you book a "tour" you are merely playing other shit hole clubs around the nation. A lot of musicians underestimate the cost and the people they need to get somewhere. But then again a lot of musicians on this site thing the "industry" is evil and that "protools" has ruined music and apparently that the "pretty people" are ruling the music world....
    BurntGerbil
    Nirvana_RATM2 wrote: So only intelligent musicians would succeed?... Who said anything about plug-ins? Try finding a legit monitor,mixer,compressors,mics,cables, etc. THOSE are expensive. Pro-Tools is a recording medium why is it being brought up? Pro-Tools didn't ruin the music industry. People who used it did. Pro-Tools has NOTHING to do with making people sound good? It's a PROGRAM. haha pretty people? this is getting ridiculous. Manager : It's not that easy, try finding a manager who can do that AND be a good manager Merch : Someone to design the shirts, then you have to find a company and pay them to make the shirts. Tour Manager : How do you expect to play any shows besides your local bars and clubs without one? If you book a "tour" you are merely playing other shit hole clubs around the nation. A lot of musicians underestimate the cost and the people they need to get somewhere. But then again a lot of musicians on this site thing the "industry" is evil and that "protools" has ruined music and apparently that the "pretty people" are ruling the music world....
    There comes a point where I'm going to lose interest in responding you your invalid points and obvious lack of information on the subject. Herein lies your confusion: Again, I didn't bring up home recording. Keep trying to put words in my mouth; It's not going to help your case. As far as boards and mixers go, having a 64 channel mixer do record a 5 piece band is ridiculous. YOU DON'T NEED IT! Spend money wisely and you won't spend a ridiculous amount. And... again... I never said record at home. I never said to go try to buy a studio. You're pretending that I did to make an invalid point. I said you can record cheaply. You find someone who already has a studio and makes his money by recording lots and lots of bands. Then you go THERE. Where they already have the stuff. And hopefully, they don't have a bunch of stuff that they spent too much money on so that they can afford to charge an affordable rate. And for further clarification: Manager: That's the ONLY way a manager makes money. ONLY! Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is robbing you. I Promise. That's what a GOOD manager does. Merch: Most reputable companies have both design and printing in-house. Bar bands can afford a small line of merch to get started. Again, don't be dumb. Tour Manager: You're using the wrong term. You meant "booking agent" or "talent agent." A Tour manager is different. Well, the answer is simple, 10% of money from shows procured. Again, if they charge anything else, you're being robbed. That's just how it works. And I hate to break it to you, but image is more important than substance when it comes to becoming a popular musician. Ask Britney Spears (from when she mattered). She can't sing, she can't write, she even lip-synced her concerts. Why did she make a billion dollars? Because she was (past tense) attractive enough that people decided she mattered. Sure, it's less important in rock and it's subgenres, but there's a reason that rock hardly ever has prominent positions on the top 40. It's because there's no major sex-symbols to sell to adolescents. Furthermore, "Pro-Tools" is commonly used as a collective generalization for any and all forms of digital audio workstations. Anyone who's had enough conversations on the subject to try an maintain an argument would probably realize this. Ever heard the term "non-destructive editing?" That's what it allows. That's what makes it effective. That's what makes you be able to edit the pitch, the effects, EVERYTHING without risk of massing up a good take. That has been the single biggest catalyst in the changes that have occurred in recording over the last 20 years. And yes, in my hypothetical world that you are so incredibly infuriated about, smart musicians would be the successful ones. You know, not even the smart ones... just the ones that arent dumb enough to pay their manager and AGENTS any money up front.
    James_Het_Rules
    Say what you want, or say he sucks. Fact of the matter remains that he's a great songwriter, and a damn ****ing good guitar player. He knows what he's doing.
    STABxYOU
    Thank you Prince for proving what an out-of-touch self-absorbed twat you are. Instead of making moronic comments about the internet Prince should go back to recording albums in his home studio the never get released and let the rest of us forget he ever existed.
    trendkill-
    Randomrings wrote: how do you get all this money at bigger concerts, if there's no record companies to notice you? unless you use thom yorke's suggestion and self-produce, musicians and record labels have to coexist. that's how piracy is killing the music industry. it's BECAUSE piracy is actually just killing record labels
    i dont see how most of these people downloading would never have bought the album to start with. i only buy albums for bands i actual really enjoy
    Daburcor
    Ah, Prince... He's a total nut-bar at times, but I love him. That man can play guitar like nobody's business!
    skull78
    The album will not be available to download.
    obviously he is still living in the 80s if he hasnt heard of torrents haha sucks on him xD
    sparkeyjames
    Yup um sure dude. Just pull all your stuff off of iTunes or where ever you have it for sale. Then when your sales tank I think your view will change.
    rebeltildeth87
    i read the title and thought "**** prince" but I like his views on downloading. Other than that he sounds like an idiot
    CranberryJuice
    Just another artists trying to be "differnt." Prince, you aren't cool. Only AC/DC can sell their albums exclusively at Wal-Mart.
    BurntGerbil
    Also, someone please explain to me how networking sites are killing the internet. I mean, I don't use Twitter because I find it to be useless and redundant, and I have a Facebook but I could surely get by without it. But I've always just considered it to be a convenient means of online communication. Those sites don't even advertise, do they? It's not like all of your favorite sites are being sponsored by TwitFace (trademark pending). Just.... kinda..... don't join them and you'll never have to worry about it.
    Devix_SG
    The Spoon wrote: While i don't agree with the headline statement, when he said "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." I couldn't agree more. People are too wired on technology these days.
    Says the guy posting on the internet... lol
    CaptinK'nuckles
    I hope people actually buy his new album. His last one was incredible, and it only costs like 5 bucks at target. Not enough people realize that Prince is one of the few "old" artists out there who is still making damn good music!
    Henkdemachtige
    sikido wrote: So now I have to buy the bloody Daily Mirror?!
    If you want to read the news, yes.
    baneofmorgoth
    "The Internet is over" So is your career, Mr. Artist who was formerly but is now once again known as Prince (PhD in Self Inflating egotism). Go back to the 80's when someone actually cared about your music ...sorry, I had to rant. Prince is a douche.
    crazyhorse174
    ReeseKillsHIV wrote: crazyhorse174 wrote: racman92 wrote: Sparky-MMA wrote: The internet is dead, but the interview in which he says the internet is dead is on the internet..... lol thats exactly what i was thinking. Its like "The Internet is dead!!!" "Whered you hear that?" "...The internet..." .> Did you folks actually read the article? Its taken from a newspaper - he didnt do an online interview... Yeah, but it showed up on the internet, and more people will read it on the internet than they will on a piece of paper.
    Yes, but he specifically agreed to do the interview for a newspaper - whether it appeared on the internet after this is irrelevant.
    24murraygnr
    Henkdemachtige wrote: sikido wrote: So now I have to buy the bloody Daily Mirror?! If you want to read the news, yes.
    And if by news you mean a front page of Jordan/Peter Andre or maybe just about an internal rift in the X factor, news indeed.
    Sparky-MMA
    Henkdemachtige wrote: sikido wrote: So now I have to buy the bloody Daily Mirror?! If you want to read the news, yes.
    its better than The Daily Mail. That newspaper is full of racist bigots
    Celt64
    O.k. , First off, Prince is an amazing musician. For those who don't agree, check out one of his live dvds or interviews with his band members. No slouches allowed in that band. I can understand where he is coming from. Yes, he is a bit "out there", but show me a talented musician that does not have a quirk or 2. Anyway, the internet and itunes has hurt not just the artist but the listener also. It has taken away the artists ability to get people to listen to the the complete work. That is to say that, would Darkside Of The Moon have the impact if only a song or 2 were all anyone heard? Of course not. I love to listen to complete albums because they convey the total vision of the artist at that moment in time. To put it in perspective, which has the greater impact, seeing a small piece of a picture or the intire picture? I miss the days of buying a new album, listening to it begining to end while examining the album art on the cover. Technology is a great thing, but it can rob us all of the complete experience the artist intended.