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Prince says Internet is 'completely over,' complains that computers 'fill your head with numbers'

Prince continued his decades-long run of eccentric behavior by dismissing the Internet in a new interview with London's Daily Mirror.

He's releasing his new album, "20Ten," as a free giveaway in select European newspapers (yes, there is still such a thing as a newspaper), including the Mirror.

Prince lashed out against technology in the Daily Mirror interview, particularly the Internet. "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 At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.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."

Prince has alternately embraced and rejected various aspects of the Internet. He's been a fierce defender of his intellectual property, aggressively pursuing any Prince-related content that's showed up on sites like YouTube. He's released albums and other songs as online-only exclusives, dating back to 1997, and made an aggressive online push for his last album but recently shut down his own website.

He previously shuttered another site, New Power Generation Music Club, but seemed to be back on board with LotusFlow3r. (You can check out the story of the site's demise over at the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog.)

Prince can be very particular about what he wants. I saw him perform at the Nokia Theatre last year, and he spent much of the show complaining about the sound system while also delivering the best electric guitar I've ever heard live.

There's a story made infamous by director Kevin Smith when Prince brought in Smith to do a documentary about the release of his 2001 album, "The Rainbow Children." After shooting the whole documentary, Smith was told that it would never be released, but rather put into a vault Prince has with huge amounts of unreleased content, including not only music but fully produced music videos.

Of course, with the way the Internet works, and particularly with Prince making the new album difficult to get via legitimate means here in the United States, I'm betting he's going to have a whole new round of rampant copyright violation to get upset about with the release of "20Ten."

(via the New York Daily News)

(Photo: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Lotusflow3r.com)