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When we think of Prince, we think sexy, enigmatic and rebellious. Did we miss the moment when our favorite larger-than-life musician turned into our grandpa? Prince, 52, is releasing his much-anticipated new album 20TEN this month -- but refuses to release it in any digital format. That means no iTunes, no YouTube, no streaming content on his now-defunct official website. It's not even available for purchase on Amazon, as far as we can tell. And the reason it's so hard to find is because Prince thinks the Internet is a passing fad.
"The Internet's completely over," said the musician in a rare interview. "I don't see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else... The Internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly became outdated."
In case you were wondering, he doesn't like iPods either: "All these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you."
Okay -- maybe it's just all those numbers filling our heads, but we can't figure out why Prince is abandoning the Internet. If it's about money (he specifies that iTunes won't pay him an advance), then why would he reject the publicity and sales that he could get online? And why is he giving the record away for free in the UK? So it's got to be about the principal of the thing. But if Prince is against computers, shouldn't he be against sound-mixing equipment and synthesizers?
Maybe Prince really does believe the internet is "over" -- but his anti-technology stance seems like a sorely misguided attempt to be edgy. We think he should face the music and sell the record online. After all, he can't party like it's 1999 forever.
Do you think Prince is making a mistake by not selling his record online? Chime in below!