Bon Jovi: Steve Jobs Killed Music
Crocodile tears, anyone? Rocker Bon Jovi is out with some fighting words for Steve Jobs, but they’ll make you laugh.
Jon Bon Jovi told The Sunday Times Magazine Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO “Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business.” He went on to sound like an old fart:
“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.”
That’s one perspective. From another, I have never listened to so much amazing and diverse music in my life. Hundreds of millions of people are listening to digital music and loving it. As I write, I am listening to a free podcast from the most popular DJ in the world, Tiesto, on a set of AKG K240 studio quality headphones I got from Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) for $99. It seems to me Jon Bon Jovi is simply living in the past.
From a technological standpoint, Steve Jobs will go down as participating in one of the greatest disruptions of the old-school music business — technically, he didn’t let the genie out of the bottle, you can blame Napster (NYSE:BBY) for that. Maybe jean-jacket rockers want to stay in the 1980’s, but some of us are excited to ride the cutting edge of technology to new experiences and realms of entertainment.
Sorry Jon, you may have been shot through the heart, but Steve’s not to blame. You’re the one giving the music business a bad name.