Prince: Internet, MTV Both 'Completely Over'

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Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Downtown Julie Brown take note: Purple-clothed 1980s rock sensation Prince says your days are numbered. The influential musician, who pioneered the much-imitated "Minneapolis sound" of sparse funk and New Wave pop, has declared both the Internet and MTV to be "completely over." Prince made his decree in an apparently emotional interview with the Daily Mirror's Peter Willis:

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 At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.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

So what should you fill your head with instead of numbers? How about this famous Chappelle's Show retelling of Prince's basketball and pancake skills, which has become nearly as canonical as Purple Rain in establishing the Prince legacy.

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