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Prince Says Internet Is 'Completely Over,' We Head Over to the Unemployment Line

prince playing guitarAs much as we love the Internet, we've always known that at some point, the world would move on to bigger and better things, leaving the entire Switched staff huddled around a garbage can fire and talking to rats. But it looks like the digital death knell has rung far earlier than we ever expected, as no less an authority than almighty Prince, himself, has formally announced the demise of the Web.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, the artist formerly known as 'The Artist Formerly Known as Prince' declared, "The internet's completely over. 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 The Mozart of our time went on to compare the Web to MTV, insofar as "MTV was hip and then it became outdated." But surely the Internet might have one last 'Jersey Shore' renaissance, right? According to Prince, it won't matter, since modern devices only encourage people to, um, do math. "They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you," he argues.

This isn't, of course, the first time that Prince has taken issue with the Internet. He's already refused to sell his music on iTunes, has removed all of his videos from YouTube, and has even shut down his own website. And, in order to really stick it to the Man, he's decided to release his new album for free in select European newspapers. Take that, iTunes!

Throughout his long, strange career, we've never so much as considered questioning Prince's artistic genius, his sartorial whims, or his global omniscience -- and we're not about to start doubting him now. Don't get us wrong; we'll miss the Internet dearly, and we have no idea how we'll fill the gaping hole it'll leave in our everyday lives. But when Prince gives us a pill, we swallow it, no matter how bitter it may be. Now, if you'll excuse us, we're going to go hole ourselves up in our basements, put on lots of eyeliner and listen to 'Purple Rain' on loop. [From: Daily Mirror, via: CNET]

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