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Prince Claimed Piracy Was The Same As Carjacking

Prince Claimed Piracy Was The Same As Carjacking

Added: Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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Once again Prince blames piracy – this time for his own decision to stop making albums. In addition, the artist complained he couldn’t stand digital music.


The music industry realized that Prince is now looking more like a boy named Prince who used to be a musician, as in his interview with the newspapers the artist reiterated his disdain for the web and all digital stuff, music in particular. He claimed that he personally couldn’t stand digital music, because listeners were getting sound in bits, which reportedly affected a different place in their brain. In other words, when people play the music back, they can’t feel anything, because they are analogue people, not digital.

If you don’t remember, Prince is the same musician who declared a year ago that the Internet was completely over. Back last June he said that the web was like MTV, which at one time had been hip and suddenly it had became outdated. In general, the artist believes that all “those computers and digital things are no good”. Following his beliefs, Prince has even shutdown his music website NPGMC almost five years ago, as the service “gone as far as it can go”, though it wasn’t completely clear what this meant.

Following the odd website closure, the musician also said he wasn’t going to record another album unless online piracy was totally eliminated. He compared this to the gold rush or a carjacking, claiming that there were no boundaries.

Another odd statement from Prince leaves industry critics puzzled with the comparison to a carjacking, which apparently involves physical force to steal a physical object. Meanwhile, piracy, especially peer-to-peer, is a voluntary, and some may even say altruistic, interaction between two or more Internet users. It is also known as “file-sharing for a reason”. At the same time, a carjacking doesn’t involve sharing. Indeed, if it involved sharing, carjacking would be called carpooling.

As for Prince, for a person priding himself on being a musician it is at least dismaying to see him so totally engrossed in his futile campaign to erase piracy to the point of holding his own creativity hostage up to the moment it is completely solved. Have you heard of anything more self-destructive than this? Well, maybe Prince is simply an analog musician stuck in a digital world.

July 6th,2011

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Date:  Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Comments (25) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-07-06 14:52:31)
TrojanMouse avatarThis man(?) doesn't have a clue does he. His website had "gone as far as it could go" because people had stopped buying his cráppy music.

If piracy is the reason he stopped producing music (and not lack of sales), then I say it's a win for piracy. I personally hope the quote about "not recording another album as long as piracy exists" is true, because piracy, like viruses and hackers will never be eradicated.

Thanks SaM.

posted by (2011-07-06 16:23:30)
OneOldTruck avatarI must admit that my first Prince album (1999) was a copied cassette from a friend. If it wasn't for "Piracy" I wouldn't have known anything about Prince's talent or abilities (Dirty Mind/Controversy).

My mom used to say something about cutting off one's nose to spite one's face.

posted by (2011-07-06 17:24:27)
Brynn217 avatarok, in the 80's I was a fan of Prince, The Man is one of the most talented musicians I have ever seen, He can play any instrument and has written songs for a WIDE number of different singers. He most likely does have a point about how digital music enages our brains differently, I would like to see more studies on this as well. I mean, a BOSE sound system DOES sound completely different then any other, why is that? What do they do differently for $4000? And in Prince's case, can you take a digital song and play it in an analog format so that we can FEEL the music better? Its all in the experience, that is what Prince complains about. If he is right, then where do we go from that?

As far as the Piracy issue, and his claims to not record anything new because of such, I agree.. its just stupid. But he does own his own label, so he stands to lose more than most in regards to Piracy.

posted by (2011-07-06 18:10:05)
CaptCosmo avatarJust checked my very large storage to be sure.... I've never had and never will have any "MUSIC??" by this creep. He can fall off the planet for all I care. @#1 "A win for Piracy" sums it up well....

posted by Blocked (2011-07-06 19:02:25)
Crashman_123 avatarBrynn, look closely at what you're saying! And what 'Prince' said.

You're saying that CD's and DVD's played on a BOSE system are better than other systems. But CD's and DVD's are DIGITAL FORMATS. in THIS case it's the SPEAKERS that are the difference, NOT the MEDIA.
How many albums did Prince release on Audio Tape since the early 90's when CD's took over? (And How many new movies are released on VHS Video Cassette these days?)

As for your question 'can you take a digital song and play it in an analog format so that we can FEEL the music better?' ALL SOUND played by ANY speaker IS ANALOG. It's only the STORAGE media that's Digital.
ALL CD and DVD players (and Computers, and Mobile phones, and MP3 players, and HD TV's, and etc, etc) have a D/A converter (Digital to Analog) in the audio outputs to enable speakers and headphones to play the sounds ... otherwise we'd hear NOTHING!

Analog MUSIC went the way of LP's, and Audio Tapes. They're still AROUND, but finding new MEDIA, is like finding snow in the Sahara ... probability approaches ZERO.
The only ANALOG music these days is from analog radio broadcasts, but the SOURCE media is all DIGITAL.

(VIDEO is another matter altogether, since HD video camera's that use tape as a recording media DO still exist, and ARE still being made. Even though the humble VHS tape is all but extinct, they still make VHS/DVD combo players, though finding new VHS players is exceedingly rare.)

posted by (2011-07-06 19:07:36)
Joypadder avatarwell he obviously knows what he is on about look how completely sane he is .. lol

posted by (2011-07-06 19:13:51)
Joypadder avatari find it strange that bands like the Foo Fighters . have no problem with downloading there music as long as it heard ... is that not the point of it getting your music heard .

and was it not already proved that in SOME RESPECTS piracy as helped sell more .

from what i learnt when i was in a band that was signed .... most if not all bands make zero money off record sales they make the money of gigs and touring .

posted by (2011-07-06 19:49:31)
No avatar>> which apparently involves physical force to steal a physical object
Ok, and if you copy a DVD or Bluray that's not involving physical force to a physical object?

>> piracy, especially peer-to-peer, is a voluntary, and some may even say altruistic
Please, voluntary or altruistic? Just because you share voluntarily stolen property it doesn't make it legal.

Maybe, Prince' arguments are eccentric but your arguments are weak. What he said, was that sharing copyrighted material over the internet is like carjacking or the gold rush without any rules or borders. In his opinion there is no difference between physical objects that are stolen or digital and copyrighted material. Thats why he want to get his statement to the White House.

posted by (2011-07-06 20:21:20)
fusion422 avatarprince>>> what a bellend he had resort to giving away his album in one of the crappy papers

posted by ET babySite FriendET junkieET loverGirlSun (2011-07-06 22:13:59)
cosmiclsd avatarWow! wasted genius or could this be just a ploy from Prince? And didn't he have a song titled:Computer Blue? from his Purple Rain album?? oh well we shall see what creative -intellect he'll spawn from this...

posted by Blocked (2011-07-06 22:14:08)
menahunie avatarLMFAO - Prince this purple freak. LMFAO ol weird Al wanted to do a parody of him and Prince said NO... Gee I wonder why? LMFAO..
Anyone can play multiple instruments; he only most times played either guitar or keyboard...
You want to sound exactly like price with all that wailing and squealing? Simple.. Dump a tray of ice and cold water down your pants; you'll squeal and wail and prance around just like Prince... LMFAO...

posted by ET junkiemen (2011-07-06 23:55:00)
4GET avatartake walk down the brown borrenn there ul see a sign as he likes to b called but b carefull--look behind or ull get bummer lol. sign is for well u know and personally i dont like his music and like many of us dont bye his stuff well thats the reason ..get a grip princiiee stop choking some farmers chicken. thanks sam good read

posted by Turtle (2011-07-07 00:10:46)
julio99 avatarInsiders do say that when you spin an LP you get much better sound than when you play a Cd or cassette. That being said, was it just for convenience that the music industry changed to a digital format? Blows me away. As for Prince, I think he's fed up with the fact that people have quit buying his music for whatever the reason and you have to have the ducats to be the player!

posted by (2011-07-07 03:15:37)
DEMONLORD avatarprince is also a Micheal Jackson wanna be which makes him a fag also and he has no idea what he is talking about!

posted by (2011-07-07 03:15:38)
DEMONLORD avatarprince is also a Micheal Jackson wanna be which makes him a fag also and he has no idea what he is talking about!

posted by (2011-07-07 03:28:52)
ThunderPussy avatarguy with symbol as name is not as talented as michael jackson and so has no right to be as publicly crazy. however, prince is far more talented than me, but still ,shut up prince, you ding-a-ling.

posted by (2011-07-07 08:39:38)
jibbajabba avatarPrince is extremely talented but I think he may also be a bit crazy in his old age.

posted by Kitty (2011-07-07 10:37:20)
Daewoo avatarLet's get technical. Nobody has ever heard a 'digital sound'. The reason is no matter what the source of the music, it is converted to analogue by the speakers. Because human ears are only capable of hearing analogue sound. What I think he means is MP3s and the like are lossy so the consumer is not getting the music as it was in the studio. Even CDs, which are digital have a limited bandwidth. So compared to vinyl they are compressed. On the other point of 'piracy = Carjacking'. If a car is jacked it is removed from it's owner. If a song is pirated, the owner still has his copy. No doubt that if the copy is made and distributed without the owner's consent, then that is copyright theft or infringement.

The bottom line is that Prince has lost his mojo and is looking for reasons as to why. Keep up with the bullshit Prince.
PS the last two Prince CDs were given away FREE with a Sunday paper in the UK, there was no leak or piracy involved. HE GAVE IT AWAY. He should start by looking at the man in the mirror. Followed by a trip to a good shrink.

posted by ET lovermen (2011-07-07 11:08:06)
brods73 avatarthis is just a publicity stunt so people will go out and get his old albums

posted by (2011-07-07 23:19:34)
uax4it avatarIsn't this the dude who tattoo his but crack purple?

posted by (2011-07-09 08:56:46)
gazzaboy84 avatarwho cares what prince thinks piracy might get rid of the knobhead for good lol

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-07-09 09:41:13)
fusseltier avatarpeople are not getting killed by music piracy, in most cases its been proven it has actually increased sales of performers that can actually make decent music, and also increased sales of movies that were worth buying.
they are just complaining because they can't sell the garbage now and make money off it by people buying something that ends up not being worth buying in the first place.
why can't they get charged for making crap music and movies and trying to sell them?

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-07-09 09:49:29)
fusseltier avataryou missed the point about cds and mp3s, the thing that depends on the quality is the sampling rate.
the more samples, the better analog representation.
plus, cds have been obsolete for 20 years, plus they have a shelf life unless they are made of gold.
if the mp3 isnt made with high enough sampling rate, it will never be good or better, and no you can not take a 96k mp3 and convert it into a 320k and think you get better sound either.
you just get a 320k mp3 of a 96k sampling rate quality.

posted by (2011-07-09 10:17:50)
Raptor5 avatarwho really gives a monkey as to what this toss pot says, his views are as dated as his music. I was never a fan of this little fudskin parading as a human being. The ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS my backside, FORMER & ARTIST in the one sentence sums this has ARTIST WHO IS NOW A HASBEEN up. Go'n'boil yer heed as my old granny used to say!

posted by Blocked (2011-07-10 02:33:52)
No avatarMusicians earn 95% of their income from Live performances and a small pittance by comparison from CD sales, most money of which goes straight to the record companies. BUT let musicians not release recordings and they might find NO-ONE going to see them play concerts.

So if Prince wants to totally wreck any future income he is going the right way about it, though I guess he has already earned enough not to care.

He might just as well announce his RETIREMENT!

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