Prince Vows to Quit Recording Until Online Piracy Is Curbed
Published Jun 24, 2011Continuing his hate for the online world, Prince says he won't be recording any new tunes until music is properly regulated on the internet.
The Purple One has famously dissed digital retail over the years, refusing to release his last album, 20Ten online because, as he put it, "the internet's completely over." Now, instead of only issuing his albums via a physical medium, Prince is stopping recording altogether.
"The industry changed," he told the Guardian. "We made money [online] before piracy was real crazy. Nobody's making money now except phone companies, Apple and Google. I'm supposed to go to the White House to talk about copyright protection. It's like the gold rush out there. Or a carjacking. There's no boundaries. I've been in meetings and they'll tell you, Prince, you don't understand, it's dog-eat-dog out there. So I'll just hold off on recording."
This doesn't mean he's retiring from music, just recording -- for now. The only way to check out a new composition is to seek him out in concert, not on the torrents.
"I personally can't stand digital music," he continued. "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."