Anyone hear the latest Jon Bon Jovi rant? That’s right – he accuses Steve Jobs of “…personally responsible for killing the music business.” Now, I think I’m a rational person, so I continued reading to get clarification.
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi, whose band soared to prominence with its 1986 album Slippery When Wet, reminisced in the Sunday Times Magazine about his days as a kid in New Jersey, falling in love with music — and ripped Apple CEO Steve Jobs for taking that opportunity away from a new generation of listeners.
So, what Jon is attempting to say here is that the music industry was doing just fine until iTunes came along and ruined the experience. Sorry, Jon, but this ultimately shows how much of an idiot you are. Before iTunes created legal music downloading, the music industry was suffering because people were downloading free MP3s off of Napster and similar services. Nobody got any money and music spread like wildfire. Why aren’t you complaining about that? So, it seems to me you should be thanking Steve Jobs for stopping (some of) the bleeding.
“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,” he said (via MSN), thinking back to his record buying days. Then came the less fanciful: the blame.
“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.”
So, what Jon is saying here is, he misses the days where kids ponied up what little money they had to blindly buy an entire album that, if you were lucky, had 2-3 good songs on it (but typically only had one). Jon, stop showing your stupidity here. We can still turn up the volume to “10.” You definitely can’t be referring to sound quality because cassette tapes were certainly not top notch and CDs usually revealed the (lack of) quality of original studio recordings back then. We can still close our eyes and get lost in an album (though usually we run out screaming how horrible it is). So, all I am hearing is an old man who is sad that people now only pay 99¢ – $1.29 for one or two songs they like rather than being forced to buy a whole album and “hold a jacket.”
In conclusion, Jon, STFU. Your music career is “living on a prayer” now.