Last year, Prince claimed the internet era was over. It’s not, but he isn’t participating. “It’s like the gold rush out there. Or a carjacking. There’s no boundaries,” he told The Guardian’s Dorian Lynskey. Prince’s distaste for the internet isn’t fresh news. In 2007, his lawyers ordered fansites to remove all images of his likeness and in 2010, Prince refused to make his album 20Ten available for digital download on iTunes. Now he says, to pre-empt pirates, he won’t record another album. He’s uninterested in the albums of his contemporaries, too. “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.”
To steer clear of metastasizing information and de-stress, Prince travels to quiet places with “no car alarms and airplanes.” He says, “noise is a society that has no God, that has no glue. We can’t do what we want to do all the time.” He told Lynskey that, “it’s fun being in Islamic countries, to know there’s only one religion. There’s order. You wear a burqa. There’s no choice. People are happy with that.” Prince is still rich, off earnings from expensive live shows. His entire interview with The Guardian will appear in their paper, tomorrow.