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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. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      let me get this straight. Jovi is upset cus we can purchase songs online now and not an entire album for just ONE song?

      wow...
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cokeman View Post
      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.
      Napster did it, not Apple. Napster was here long before the iTunes store.
      Also, if CD disc weren't invented we would be listening to cassettes, so whats your point?
    1. asma123's Avatar
      asma123 -
      The reason why kids these days don't enjoy music as much as they did back then is because music THESE DAYS SUCKS!!. I can barely find anything that's good most of the stuff is all auto-tuned or has no talent at all. no meaning to lyrics just a crappy catchy chorus..
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      One more thing with gas prices stacking up these days who wants to spend gas by driving to the mall to buy an album for one song when you could just hit download on iTunes and get that one song you only want!!

      Plus Bon Jovi is on iTunes so why is he bashing apple?
    1. Undertow851's Avatar
      Undertow851 -
      Eh Steve didn't kill the music industry. Bon Jovi's looking for someone in the spotlight to blame.

      I listen to my music on a daily basis, and it isn't any less 'magical' then Bon Jovi refers.
    1. Undertow851's Avatar
      Undertow851 -
      Quote Originally Posted by asma123 View Post
      The reason why kids these days don't enjoy music as much as they did back then is because music THESE DAYS SUCKS!!. I can barely find anything that's good most of the stuff is all auto-tuned or has no talent at all. no meaning to lyrics just a crappy catchy chorus..
      True. T-pain ruined the game with autotune.

      Nonetheless, this is the same thing Napster said when they came to be. Music was just too similar, so why pay for the same thing over and over again?

      Most of the music nowadays is sub par. The older days produced better music :/
    1. KBI2113's Avatar
      KBI2113 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Undertow851 View Post
      True. T-pain ruined the game with autotune.
      Actually, Cher and Kid Rock ruined the game with Autotune
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      'Albums'? LOL. BJ is talking PRE-CD!
      Maybe the 70's and 80', but check the calendar -- it's 2011!
      CD's have outsold vinyl since, what, late '80's?

      Pffffttt...


      Oh, and GET OFF HIS LAWN!
    1. ReggieSmith's Avatar
      ReggieSmith -
      Quote Originally Posted by gldoorii View Post
      lol Last time I check my iPod had headphones and I could turn the volume way past "10"...and jackets?? omg..you mean the ones that came in the cds I bought as a kid and prayed to God that it had the lyrics in it..and then didnt? Oh, and yea I loved buying a cd and finding out only one or two songs were actually good and I wasted my money.. Long live digital distribution.
      CDs didn't have "jackets".. They have cases. Vinyl records had jackets.

      In the end, Bon Jovi is missing the extra cash they'd get cause you were forced to buy an entire album to get 1 song and hope a few of the rest were worth a crap.

      Also, the artists didn't have to share revenue with so many different distributors. The labels shipped out the records and they got paid. Now a person buys a CD and their family rips it. Or they preview it on iTunes and decide to buy 1 or 2 tracks.

      Or perhaps he's most upset that Apple has set the global worth if a song to be $ .99/$1.29.
    1. Halo2kid49's Avatar
      Halo2kid49 -
      Shut Up Bon Jovi Ur riding royalties until you die. Music is ridiculously priced, one day when your like 80 you'll have a heart attack when you find out music is free in digital form.
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halo2kid49 View Post
      Shut Up Bon Jovi Ur riding royalties until you die. Music is ridiculously priced, one day when your like 80 you'll have a heart attack when you find out music is free in digital form.
      DDDDDDDDDD


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    1. Taranis17's Avatar
      Taranis17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halo2kid49 View Post
      Shut Up Bon Jovi Ur riding royalties until you die. Music is ridiculously priced, one day when your like 80 you'll have a heart attack when you find out music is free in digital form.
      And what are you doing?

      Oh that's right, working a regular job. Or graduating middle-school. One or the other.

      Bon Jovi took Heavy Metal Rock mainstream with what I call, "Happy Rock." Go watch an old Bon Jovi video - they're all smiles and laughing. That's why I like old-school Metallica - no videos.

      Speaking of Happy Rock - think about old-school Metallica though, and you'll realize Jon Bon Jovi is right.

      Metallica built a HUGE fan following and were already making millions on their records without a single video, and the songs themselves got little radio air play because the songs were either too graphic or too long. I clearly remember the HUGE hype built up prior to the video for "One" coming out on MTV. That song is over 7 minutes long.. So yeah, I get what Jon is saying.

      Metallica's resistance to doing videos (when MTV was really about the music) said a lot about their music and it's quality. You KNEW you were getting an entire kick-*** album when the new Metallica came out.

      Nowadays, not so much. Lots of entertainers with one-hit wonders, but very few with hit albums, where 8 out of 12 songs make into the Billboard Top 10. Why? Because all you need is that one big hit, then run it into the ground until the next big hit comes along - rinse and repeat. Even Metallica sucks nowadays..

      John Bon Jovi is very powerful in the music industry. If you were trying to make it, having his endorsement would be a big step to getting a record deal - even if he is 80. Everyone understand technology moves on, and JBJ has been an active part of that progression. IMO, that's a good thing. But free digital music in the future?

      Pahaha...

      Put down the pipe, sit down and shut up, little boy.

      For you know not.
    1. Halo2kid49's Avatar
      Halo2kid49 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Taranis17 View Post
      And what are you doing?

      Oh that's right, working a regular job. Or graduating middle-school. One or the other.

      Bon Jovi took Heavy Metal Rock mainstream with what I call, "Happy Rock." Go watch an old Bon Jovi video - they're all smiles and laughing. That's why I like old-school Metallica - no videos.

      Speaking of Happy Rock - think about old-school Metallica though, and you'll realize Jon Bon Jovi is right.

      Metallica built a HUGE fan following and were already making millions on their records without a single video, and the songs themselves got little radio air play because the songs were either too graphic or too long. I clearly remember the HUGE hype built up prior to the video for "One" coming out on MTV. That song is over 7 minutes long.. So yeah, I get what Jon is saying.

      Metallica's resistance to doing videos (when MTV was really about the music) said a lot about their music and it's quality. You KNEW you were getting an entire kick-*** album when the new Metallica came out.

      Nowadays, not so much. Lots of entertainers with one-hit wonders, but very few with hit albums, where 8 out of 12 songs make into the Billboard Top 10. Why? Because all you need is that one big hit, then run it into the ground until the next big hit comes along - rinse and repeat. Even Metallica sucks nowadays..

      John Bon Jovi is very powerful in the music industry. If you were trying to make it, having his endorsement would be a big step to getting a record deal - even if he is 80. Everyone understand technology moves on, and JBJ has been an active part of that progression. IMO, that's a good thing. But free digital music in the future?

      Pahaha...

      Put down the pipe, sit down and shut up, little boy.

      For you know not.
      Bon Jovi is no where near heavy metal, and is not similar at all to old Metallica thrash metal. He is overrated big time. And music will be free stop living in the past, it already is.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halo2kid49 View Post
      Bon Jovi is no where near heavy metal, and is not similar at all to old Metallica thrash metal. He is overrated big time. And music will be free stop living in the past, it already is.
      Music will never be free. Only stolen.


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    1. thestrangestick's Avatar
      thestrangestick -
      Hilarious. He's lamenting the fact that people now buy music based on whether they like it or not, instead of whether they like the album art. How unbelievably stupid.