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Prince Compares Piracy to “Carjacking”

Prince Compares Piracy to “Carjacking”

Blames piracy for his decision to never make another album again. Adds that he “can’t stand digital music.”

Prince is looking more and more like a guy named Prince who was formerly an artist rather than his one-time moniker the artist formerly named as Prince.

In an interview with The Guardian, Prince reiterates his disdain for the Internet and all things digital, music in particular.

“I personally can’t stand digital music,” he said. “You’re getting sound in bits. It affects a different place in your brain. When you play it back, you can’t feel anything. We’re analogue people, not digital.”

This is the same “artist” that declared last June that the “Internet’s completely over.”

“The Internet’s like MTV,” he said at the time. “At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good.”

He even shutdown his online music site – NPGMC – nearly 5 years ago because he believed that it “gone as far as it can go” (whatever that means).

If all of this weren’t odd enough Prince also says he has no plans to record another album apparently until piracy is altogether eliminated.

“It’s like the gold rush out there,” he continued. “Or a carjacking. There’s no boundaries.”

A carjacking? A carjacking involves physical force to steal a physical object under duress. Piracy, especially P2P, is a voluntary, and arguably altruistic, interaction between 2 or more people. It’s called file-sharing for a reason. A carjacking doesn’t involve sharing, and if it did it would be called carpooling.

For a guy who prides himself on being an artist it’s dismaying to see him so completely engrossed in a futile campaign to eliminate piracy to the point he’s holding his creativity hostage until it’s solved. Could there be anything more self-destructive?

Perhaps Prince is just an analog artist stuck in a digital world.

Too bad.

Stay tuned.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
Aaron Walkhouse
Aaron Walkhouse

Speakers have an odd quality: If you pump digitally encoded music into them they vibrate mechanically in an analogue manner and music comes out. Since direct cortical interfaces are still a few years off we'll have to settle for analog ears. Only a few billionaires formerly known as artist have any complaints about that interwebs thingy. Artist who are actually working for a living express a completely different opinion.

Salty
Salty

Piracy was invented to irk Prince after he released 'Graffiti Bridge'

WizCee
WizCee

its not really about digital....hard working artist are getting robbed of the real royalaties they should be making from their album sales.....i guess prince is fed up ...and everybody here would feel the same if hands where in your pockets stealing your money after a hard days work... its nothing wrong with being sick and tired of a new technology where hard working peoples ideas get stolen..theres authors of books who feel the same way and refuse to make there book sdigital.... as a Producer i feel the same way..but i'll just deal with it for now because piracy will end someday.. for the music bussines...softwae companies a dealing with it too..prince is stating his case...theres nothing wrong with expressing your opinion.

Robert Yu
Robert Yu

Piracy is actually a bad thing... and that is shown when Prince isn't wearing any clothes!

Sadninja
Sadninja

Who's prince?? You guys know what I'm not gonna make another album till piracy ends too. I think the world will miss me as much as they will miss prince : )

Goober
Goober

Prince is god! Internet is BAD!

Prince who?
Prince who?

When was his last hit song? 1985? HAHAHA..

Dave
Dave

Awesome! Who else can we convince not to make another album?

Mr. Briggs
Mr. Briggs

I've never listened to Prince, so I'm not missing out on much.

keel dot reetheem
keel dot reetheem

That's convenient, because the world has for some time now, compared Prince to irrelevancy.

disinter
disinter

That smug little, delusional shit is at home winding up his phonograph while the rest of the world is evolving.

mountain_rage
mountain_rage

Someone needs to introduce him to the emo scene. I think he would fall in love with himself all over again. Gotta love how he has no grasp of what it is to have digital music, like somehow a digital file is different than an analogue file. Someone should inform him that with lossless compression you get an exact copy of the music, rather than an inferior, degraded analogue copy.

Aerik Teh
Aerik Teh

I would have to liken him to a grumpy old man at this point. "You young'ns and yer dang interhighways! Get off my lawn!"

disinter
disinter

You know I was a big fan of prince back in his purple rain hey day but since the 90s he's just degenerated into a fruity little weirdo. In one of the videos with Kevin smith he tells the truth about the little freak when he was trying to film a documentary with him. Here's part 1 on youtube, the others are related videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy_cLJ19HMg

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

He's got a loooooong wait ahead of him.

letscryariver
letscryariver

am gonna have bad dream now that there is no more prince "did i mis him" ? big answer NO, he would pass away before P2P ;)

him
him

>>>>>>>>"Piracy is actually a bad thing…" There's no such thing as "Piracy is actually a bad thing", you idiot!

disinter
disinter

"Blames piracy for the his decision to never make another album again." Somehow we'll get by.

Jared Moya
Jared Moya

Lol....many have managed to get by for a while now. Its been nearly 30 yrs since Purple Rain! :)



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