In the expert opinion of a fading musician, "The internet's completely over."

Stack this one right up there with:

  • the Bell Labs guy who dismissed the notion of charging anyone for an operating system developed in house called “Unix” because selling the hardware was where the real money was at,
  • the IBM VP who dismissed the notion of selling home computers because there would only be a worldwide demand for like – what? – maybe 5 home computers,
  • and Microsoft’s Bill Gates who famously said that 640K of memory in a computer should be enough for anybody (when the average laptop’s memory is now 2GB, roughly 3200 times that figure) 

The artist formerly known as “the artist formerly known as Prince” says the internet’s over:

He explains that he decided the album will be released in CD format only in the Mirror. There’ll be no downloads anywhere in the world because of his ongoing battles against internet abuses.

Unlike most other rock stars, he has banned YouTube and iTunes from using any of his music and has even closed down his own official website.

He says: “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 internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good.

“They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”

Digital gadgets. You mean like the ones necessary to actually play a CD, a music format distinguished by its use of digitization to record the music? Those digital gadgets, hmmm?

I can see the item in this story that’s “completely over” and the Internet ain’t it. Have fun partying like it’s 1999, ya old geezer.

(Hat tip: Instapundit and Xeni Jardin at Boing Boing)