Keith Richards says he doesn't own an iPod

Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones performs during "The Stones - 50 and Counting" tour December 8, 2012 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The band performed its first American concert celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Associated Press contributed to this report. DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

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

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 rocker 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 will kick off their "50 & Counting Tour," with their first show scheduled for Friday in Los Angeles. The tour marks the 50th anniversary since the band's formation.

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."

  • CBS News Staff

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