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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. AdonisBlue's Avatar
      AdonisBlue -
      Umm yeah, let's get over the past and live for the future already.. Thank goodness the 70's/80's are over!
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      I agree in part. Personally I still buy the CD's. I rip them myself. Can put them on any device I want. I always have a backup if needed. If I go the digital way & loose them for what ever reason, I have to buy them again.

      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!
      LOL, maybe, but if it wasn't for the artist in the past, you wouldn't have the music you have today.
    1. i3urger's Avatar
      i3urger -
      We need jailbreaking news and iPad 2 good and bad news!
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      I guess that's what years of abusing drugs make people think/say.
    1. ishamiyal's Avatar
      ishamiyal -
      I grew up in the 80's and had to spend my own hard earned cash on cassetes and CDs to get the one song on the album worth listening to. The only thing Bon Jovi is missing is the other 8 bux hes not getting for the crap tracks on his records. I for one never did any of the crap hes referring to, dont miss pissing my money away, and wish he wouldnt speak for the other full grown adults out there that enjoy the convenience of portable music libraries. I can turn up the volume to 10 on the music I like anywhere I want. Steve has his faults, kicking the recording industry in the nuts isnt one of them.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Just because your washed up doesn't mean you get to complain about how people get their music !!!
    1. plaintom's Avatar
      plaintom -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cokeman View Post
      I agree in part. Personally I still buy the CD's. I rip them myself. Can put them on any device I want. I always have a backup if needed. If I go the digital way & loose them for what ever reason, I have to buy them again.


      LOL, maybe, but if it wasn't for the artist in the past, you wouldn't have the music you have today.
      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.
    1. iphoneadam's Avatar
      iphoneadam -
      Messany just quit.. Seriously
    1. brokentwice's Avatar
      brokentwice -
      haha Bon jovi......

      ok moving on to the Next worthless news Story
    1. Eyevanovich's Avatar
      Eyevanovich -
      These old guys don't understand how the new generation utilizes emerging technology. Eventually the CD will be a dead medium. There will be only digitized music and vinyl. I see the progression on a daily basis. It may suck for some people but it's reality.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      I love my iTunes.. It is nice to have a backup though
    1. ClerkDante's Avatar
      ClerkDante -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      I guess that's what years of abusing drugs make people think/say.
      I've never read a single thing about John Bon Jovi having a drug problem. Richie drank a bit, but that's about it.

      I agree with him to a degree, but the thing he is missing is that the bulk of modern music blows and is built around the idea of the "single". The most successful "artists" today are more producer than they are performer. Look at any hip-hop or rap album and it's chock full of guest performers and singers, with the artist on the label being the one who wrangles it all together.

      Blame the artists for crap before you blame the medium in which that crap is delivered. Even "rock" bands are prone to the "a single is all we need" way of thinking. Train won a Grammy and a legion of new fans off of one hit single supporting a rather uneven and mediocre album.

      If an artist puts care in their work, it doesn't matter how it gets out there. I bought American Idiot off of iTunes and it didn't make that album any less significant to me than The Joshua Tree or Synchronicity.
    1. bsawyers's Avatar
      bsawyers -
      So Basically he doesn't like the fact that kids now a days can make an informed decision and preview the albums before they buy, and realize that 8 of the 10 tracks that are on the album suck, so he just buys the one song? Sorry Jon write better music is all i got for ya!
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      All musicians hate the "NEW MUSIC PURCHASING" procedures....getting older shouldn't mean HATE for new technology...embrace the fact that you no longer have to wait in line for a tape or cd, you can purchase rip/download at your own convenience, you KNOW what is on the album way before it even comes out, who really needs/wants mystery these days(im still trying to figure out how BUSH was elected a 2nd time...now that's mystery haha) All in all i'd say the new way is much better and easier for the consumer...win win :]
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      Back ups = external hdd or flash drive.


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    1. smuj29's Avatar
      smuj29 -
      this is the future..... jovi your a hotrod!!!!!!
    1. gldoorii's Avatar
      gldoorii -
      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.
    1. DaEliminator's Avatar
      DaEliminator -
      Jon Bon Jovi is amazing. End of story. His music and everything is real. Part of electronics is taking away from what music real is and now turning it into pop/autotune singers who have not much talent.
    1. Jastra's Avatar
      Jastra -
      I agree with him. I personally love owning a physical album. That's the biggest problem in music today... Artist are writing singles not albums. It's not Apple's fault though. They are just delivering what and how the customer wants.
    1. iCR4C's Avatar
      iCR4C -
      What's a CD ???


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