*Prince gave has first U.K. newspaper interview in a decade as part of a deal for his new album, “20Ten,” and made it abundantly clear how he feels about the World Wide Web.
“The Internet is completely over,” Prince told the Daily 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.”
He added: “The Internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.”
As previously reported, The Daily Mirror will give the album away July 10 as a free CD with the paper, while European deals have also been struck with Rolling Stone Germany and a Belgian newspaper.
In the interview, Prince went on to express his disdain for digital devices altogether. “All these computers and digital gadgets are no good,” he said. “They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”
Prince has no intention of offering “20Ten” as a digital download release in addition to the free CD distribution with newspapers and magazines. He has also shut down his official Web site and does not license music he controls to download stores or subscription services.
A U.S. distribution deal for the album has yet to be confirmed, although the record has been linked with Warner Bros, according to Billboard.