In 1998 Prince was interviewed by Guitar World magazine. In that interview, Prince was asked directly about the use of digital editing to "create a situation where you could jam with any artist from the past." He was not a fan.
"That's the most demonic thing imaginable," he said. "Everything is as it is, and it should be. If I was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, we would have lived in the same age. That whole virtual reality thing ... it really is demonic. And I am not a demon. Also, what they did with that Beatles song (Free As A Bird), manipulating John Lennon's voice to have him singing from across the grave ... that'll never happen to me. To prevent that kind of thing from happening is another reason why I want artistic control."