Get ready to disconnect your modems folks. You might as well throw out your MP3 players. Prince, formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, has declared that the Internet is a fad and it’s over.
In an interview with The Daily Mirror in support of his upcoming Europe-only album 20Ten, Prince has once again shown that he stopped being relevant a very long time ago.
“The internet’s completely over. 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 At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.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.”
Comparing what’s currently going on with the Internet and MP3s to the height of MTV’s popularity is like comparing apples and oranges. While Prince may still be loving the CD format, digital downloads are expected to outsell physical media by 2012. Artists who hold on to the old format may very well be doomed.
Just take a look at the history of the music industry and you see it is littered with dead formats, and not just ones that never took off at all such as the Mini Disc. Tell me, is anyone still producing 8-tracks? How about just plain old cassette tapes? While vinyl records still has its ardent fans, each format has made room for the next, and there’s no reason why people should expect anything different for CDs.
Of course this is coming from a man who once changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, so can you really say much about his sanity? He’s also banned his music from YouTube, gone after fan sites for using images of him and even pulled down his official website as he sees no point to it. This is a man that clearly doesn’t “get” the Internet.
The Internet may very well indeed get replaced by something else someday, but it isn’t going to be any time soon, and it sure as heck isn’t “over” yet.
What say you? Is the Internet “over”?