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  • Steve Jobs Blasted by Rocker Jon Bon Jovi


    Legendary rocker Jon Bon Jovi has found himself intertwined with Apple-related headlines Monday following the singer's recent - and highly controversial - comments about the digital music business and the role played by Apple's iTunes in disseminating music. Speaking with the Sunday Times Magazine, Bon Jovi reveals that Apple has spoiled the magic for kids who, thanks to Apple's iTunes, are being deprived of the wondrous experience of purchasing physical albums.

    “Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes and getting lost in an album; and the beauty of taking your allowance money and making a decision based on the jacket, not knowing what the record sounded like, and looking at a couple of still pictures and imagining it," Bon Jovi says. "God, it was a magical, magical time. I hate to sound like an old man now, but I am, and you mark my words, in a generation from now people are going to say: ‘What happened?’. Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business."

    While it doesn't seem that "these kids today" are enjoying music - and its ease of access - any less than they did in previous generations, Bon Jovi joins an ever-increasing list of aging rockers who are having trouble adjusting to the contemporary ways in which music lovers get their tunes. Perhaps its an issue Bon Jovi can take up with Steve Jobs personally. After all, Bon Jovi is about to spend a lot more time with Jobs’ wife Laurene, who sits with him on The White House council for Community Solutions. Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall for that next meeting?

    Source: Sunday Times Magazine
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Steve Jobs Blasted by Rocker Jon Bon Jovi started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 115 Comments
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I wouldn't say iTunes and Jobs destroyed the music industry, they simply destroyed the album.

      It would have happened eventually, anyway.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Bon jovi needs to shut up, he is just mad because he can rip people off $10 for 1 good song and the rest are crap.
    1. aidanski's Avatar
      aidanski -
      I have to say I agree with Bon Jovi. It's not just music thats changing it's everything. Doesn't anyone miss simpler times.
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      I don't think iTunes or Steve Jobs did anything to the Music industry. INFACT!!!i think it helped them. Think about it. Itunes is everywhere. Just about half the planet has an iPod or iPad or Some type of iDevice. Now if ya wanna buy an album then u can, if not then they can get the song. it's not hurting. After all if I buy a CD and only like 3 songs outta 18..well then i've wasted $20 on a Cd for only 3 songs. Now with iTunes i can purchase just the song and maybe spend $2-4 per song.Make sense to me.
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      Bon jovi needs to shut up, he is just mad because he can rip people off $10 for 1 good song and the rest are crap.
      Amen
    1. Jeanne8fr's Avatar
      Jeanne8fr -
      Yes I sure miss the pleasure of paying $20 for an album with 2 good songs on it.
    1. Jastra's Avatar
      Jastra -
      All of you guys complaining of only one or two songs being good on an album, are just buying the wrong albums. Albums are like a book. The album is a story. You need to listen to the entire album to understand it's message, it's vibes, it's emotions. You don't just read a couple chapters in a book... You would be lost... Wouldn't understand. Music is the greatest expression of art and deserves more respect than it gets from simply buying a single. All of the great musicians who have enhanced all of our lives over the years are rolling over in their graves.
    1. Primpilampa's Avatar
      Primpilampa -
      Is Bon Jovi retarded???

      Who in the world puts on a leather jacket and sits, closes his ayes and listens to an album with a CD player??????? please tell me who.

      iTunes has helped a lot in the music industry, they have made illegal downloads a more difficult task, if Bon Jovi doesn't like iTunes then he should take his songs out.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Yeah, cuase I want an album with one or two songs I really want to hear that will get all scratched up over time, will warp in the slightest heat, and sounds bad. Great call there Bon Blow Me.
      Besides, how many of these deprived kiddies has a turn table to play it on?
      How dumb can he be? Keep longing for those glory daze John...
    1. kbcox0327's Avatar
      kbcox0327 -
      Sounds like Bon Jon Blowme is pissed cause nobody's gonna buy his **** if they get to listen to it 1st.
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      Quote Originally Posted by plaintom View Post
      Maybe what was meant was thanks for the music but its time to realize that kids today (and I'm as old as Bon Jovi) don't sit around an listen to "albums" they like "songs". Further, kids don't use headphones, kids are busier (with soccer, cheer, guitar, dance, etc.) and finally, like everything else...things change what worked for us and our parents don't work for kids today. Mr. Bon Jovi is simply repeating the past (meaning I bet he sounds like his parents...back in MY day I walked uphill both ways to school in the snow...AND LIKED IT - LOL, always like that story myself).

      Things change, kids change, life seems...not just busier but BUSY. sitting and throwing on headphones and listening to an album is nostalgic and perhaps I miss it...but kids today? Heck no, give iTunes and let them go.
      I agree with that. I guess I am unusual. I'm 38, I was a very busy kid/teen. I played soccer, football, baseball, & ran track. I worked for a DJ on the weekends. Got to be exposed to all kinds of music.
      I do agree things change. The question is would kids be listening to music from cd's if digital content wasn't available? The truth is yes. Steve Jobs/apple is responsible for it. I'm not saying it's bad or it's good. I don't agree that it killed music. Music is just as popular today as it always was, if not more.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      ^I agree. Those are the people who know no artists other than the ones the charts are spoon feeding them.
      I agree with that Bon Jovis recent albums have been sucky and not worth buying but there older stuff was awesome. I like the song It's My Life but I'm not gonna buy Crush.
      Having a hard copy of an album is awesome.
      Anyway there last good album was Keep The Faith, maybe they should make a better album before blaming Jobs.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Lol, Jovi is getting old. Being able to purchase individual songs is great. Who says you can't go out and buy an album with your allowance and crank it up to 10 anymore? He just wants to live in the good old days when he was selling full albums
    1. roshansri's Avatar
      roshansri -
      Quote Originally Posted by AdonisBlue View Post
      Umm yeah, let's get over the past and live for the future already.. Thank goodness the 70's/80's are over!
      Wow I cant believe you said that, the 70's and 80's music is the best the money can buy now a days its a lot more ******** that you see and hear. And personally I love the old stuff like records and cd's they are what make music fun and enjoyable to listen to...not clicking away at a forward and rewind button seriously and multitask on your ipod/iphone/ipad while you listen tuning away and shutting your brain to whats actually being played. Please kindly hold back what you say...those were the days...fresh prince, postman pat, full house, save by the bell and list goes on....
    1. obtrunco's Avatar
      obtrunco -
      Man. I thought he was going to blast Apple regarding DRM's. Instead complaining about the evolution of purchasing. Disappointing.
    1. obtrunco's Avatar
      obtrunco -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jastra View Post
      All of you guys complaining of only one or two songs being good on an album, are just buying the wrong albums. Albums are like a book. The album is a story. You need to listen to the entire album to understand it's message, it's vibes, it's emotions. You don't just read a couple chapters in a book... You would be lost... Wouldn't understand. Music is the greatest expression of art and deserves more respect than it gets from simply buying a single. All of the great musicians who have enhanced all of our lives over the years are rolling over in their graves.
      That's torture dude.
    1. snorider27's Avatar
      snorider27 -
      I find it amusing that people are complaining about not being able to back up iTunes music.
      Thats what time machine is for. It DOES allow you to backup as many hard drives as you want. Unless of course you're stuck with a windows machine.
    1. snorider27's Avatar
      snorider27 -
      Oh, and nothing is more annoying than having to buy a whole cd/ album for 1 or 2 good songs.
    1. Jastra's Avatar
      Jastra -
      Quote Originally Posted by obtrunco View Post
      That's torture dude.
      Torture???
    1. Axecaster's Avatar
      Axecaster -
      CD quality until the late 90s was nearest to vinyl, because of the wider dynamic range. In the iTunes era, everything is max-loud and exhausts the ears. Compression removes frequency ranges on top of that.

      When Apple quits gimping devices to low storage capacities and substandard sound reproduction, maybe they'd get my business.

      FLAC could get more attention if those Apple variables weren't in place. I don't plan to ever pay 1 cent for lossy-compressed music.