By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated July 06, 2010 at 02:50 PM EDT

Image Credit: Kevin Mazur/; Laptop: Stockbyte/Getty ImagesIf you want to hear Prince’s 20Ten in most parts of the world, you’d better buy one of the global newspapers and magazines that will carry the CD as a free insert this weekend. (American release plans have yet to be confirmed.) Oh, you’d rather download it to your laptop? Don’t make Prince laugh.

“The Internet’s completely over,” the Purple One says in an interview with the U.K.’s Daily Mirror — one of the print publications carrying 20Ten, naturally. After complaining about iTunes’ alleged stinginess, he continues riffing on media theory. “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 At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.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.”

You may now take a brief break to clear your brain of all those pesky numbers and consider the following paradox: If the Internet is completely over, how are you reading this post? I think Prince just blew my mind.

Meanwhile, by saying the Internet is dead, Prince has gotten every music website on the planet to write about his new album. Clever. Anyway, the rest of the Daily Mirror interview is well worth reading for a glimpse of Prince’s daily life, which includes covering the Beatles, dodging any and all personal questions, and hanging out in a personal concert hall. Check it out for yourself (if you can stand reading on this deadly unhip machine) and let us know what you think — and if you’re looking forward to hearing 20Ten.

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