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 “At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.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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