In 2010, the Purple One famously pronounced the death of the world wide web, telling the Mirror, “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.” Adding, “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 At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.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.”
Five years later, Prince still stands by those comments. “What I meant was that the internet was over for anyone who wants to get paid, and I was right about that,” Prince told the Guardian in a new interview. “Tell me a musician who’s got rich off digital sales. Apple’s doing pretty good though, right?”
It is worth noting that Prince has an ongoing relationship with streaming music service TIDAL and just last weekend hosted exclusive content on the platform. Maybe he’s just an offline streaming type of guy?
Prince’s interview with the Guardian comes in anticipation of his Piano & Microphone Tour, set to kick off next week.