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Jon Bon Jovi accuses Steve Jobs of being 'personally responsible for killing the music business' 23 March 2011
Entertainment Weekly article

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Shot through the heart, and Steve Jobs is to blame.

That is Jon Bon Jovi’s assessment of the current state of the music industry. Bon Jovi (of the iconic rock group “Jon”) had some uncharacteristically harsh words for Apple and its turtlenecked benevolent dictator Steve Jobs in an interview with the London-based Sunday Times Magazine.

Sounding a bit like an older man protective of his lawn — the quote literally starts with “kids today” — Bon Jovi bemoaned the fact that the young’uns no longer have “the 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.”

There are plenty of things to worry about with Apple and its friendly, jangly-themed chokehold on the way we consume music, but this sort of nostalgia grief isn’t one of them. Sure, that particular visceral experience is gone, replaced by one of swiping and tapping, but kids now have literally hundreds of thousands of songs at their fingertips thanks to the Internet, whole genres they can peruse on YouTube that they would have never even considered back when they had to shell out their weekly allowance for a single album.


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