Don’t expect [artist id=”14481″]Prince[/artist] to join the army of celebs oversharing on Twitter or ranting on Facebook. The legendary performer has proclaimed the Internet a thing of the past, calling the World Wide Web “outdated.”
“The Internet’s completely over,” Prince told the U.K.’s Daily Mirror. It appears that he wants fans to head to an old-fashioned record store to pick up his upcoming album 20Ten, as he is not OK with selling his latest music through an e-retailer. “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 Purple One didn’t stop his critique at e-commerce and chalked up his lack of interest in the Internet as a whole to the medium’s lack of coolness. “The Internet’s like MTV,” said Prince. “At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.”
It’s probably safe to assume that Prince is neither a Mac nor a PC — the “Purple Rain” singer also lambasted the proliferation of technical devices and said, “All these computers and digital gadgets are no good.” The music luminary, who is releasing 20Ten for free in the U.K. with copies of the Mirror on Saturday, insisted that users would be better off without their digital devices. “They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”
In addition to slamming all things digital, Prince also directed some criticism inward. The influential singer and instrumentalist revealed that since he feels he’s been advancing his craft over the years, he’s embarrassed by his earlier recordings.
“Someone told me they saw me at my peak, but how do they know when my peak is? I think I’m improving all the time,” he said. “When I listen to my old records I’m ashamed of how I played then.”
The singer also insisted that a lifetime of rocking out has preserved his youthful appearance. “Playing electric guitar your whole life does something to you. I’m convinced all that electricity racing through my body made me keep my hair,” he offered.
While the pop icon may be over his earlier music, he is still regarded by many as a living legend. Prince was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 BET Awards , as stars like Patti LaBelle and Alicia Keys took to the stage to celebrate the artist’s massively successful and hugely influential career.