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This April 13, 2013 file photo shows Keith Richards performing at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Keith Richards says he doesn't own an iPod.The 69-year-old believes music lovers are “all being short-changed” with the sound that comes out of an iPod, launched in 2001. The Rolling Stones' “50 & Counting Tour” kicks off Friday in Los Angeles. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, file) Copyright 2013, The Associated Press

Keith Richards: I don't own an iPod

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NEW YORK (AP) — He's rock royalty and likes to keep it old-school: Keith Richards says he doesn't own an iPod.

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The Rolling Stones guitarist says he isn't a fan of the ultra-popular music device.

"I don't have an iPod. ... I still use CDs or records actually. Sometimes cassettes. It has much better sound; a much better sound than digital," he said in a recent interview.

The 69-year-old believes music lovers are "all being shortchanged" with the sound that comes out of an iPod, launched in 2001.

"My old lady's got one. My kids have got them. I say, 'Look me up this.' Or, 'Oh I like that. Check me that,'" he said. "I know what these things can do. I'm not totally anti-them."

The Rolling Stones' "50 & Counting Tour" kicks off Friday in Los Angeles. The Stones released their self-titled debut in 1964, and while Richards has accepted that the music industry is digitally driven today, he's not completely OK with it.

"They're sucked into it and they can't get out of it, nor can we; so is the public," he said. "There's something missing there, but it's the price of the future I guess."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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