Steve Jobs gets blamed for a lot of things by a lot of people, with my better half blaming Jobs for my constant buying shiny toys for example. Now though legendary rocker Bon Jovi has slammed the Apple co-founder for ‘killing the music business’.
In an interview given to the Sunday Times, Bon Jovi claims that Apple’s iTunes has robbed music lovers of the joys of physical media, though I’m sure a reduction in revenue has nothing to do with Bon Jovi’s rant.
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. 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.
Many would argue that Jobs’ intervention actually saved the music industry, dragging it kicking and screaming into the 21st century and at least partially saving the record companies from ever-increasing levels of piracy. Bon Jovi, apparently, disagrees.