In an exclusive interview with The Mirror, Prince tells how he really feels about online distribution, iTunes, and the overall Internet itself.

Reporter Peter Willis of The Mirror scored the interview of a lifetime as he was granted an in-person interview with The Purple One himself, at Paisley Park in Minneapolis.

The reason for The Mirror getting this chance of a lifetime interview is because Prince’s new album 20TEN, which is being released soon, will be made available free of charge to all recipients of The Daily Mirror newspaper this coming Saturday.

As Prince put it, he’s always looking for new, creative means of distributing his music, and since he’s had a longstanding feud (ban may be the better word) with YouTube and iTunes he feels that, “…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 At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.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.”

I take it Prince doesn’t own a iPhone 4.

Prince’s new album, 20TEN, will be released as a CD to Mirror readers and the readers of various other print publications in Europe. It might be distributed via Warner Bros. in the U.S. This will be the artist’s twenty-seventh release.

Is Prince crazy? Or just overly eccentric? He’s a pioneer of music for sure, and I’m going to find a way to get this new album. I, however, don’t agree with the him on the state of electronics, technology and the overall relevance of the Internet.

For the full story of the Prince interview check out the article here.