Jon Bon Jovi: ‘Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business’

In an article by Anmar Frangoul for The Sunday Times, Jon Bon Jovi states:

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.

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MacDailyNews Take: Johnny Bongiovi misses the time when children were cajoled into parting with their allowance money for wildly overpriced, forced bundles of sight unseen, or rather, sound unheard, crapshoots; 99.9% of which were packed to the gills with filler. Ah, “the good old days.”

Johnny’s also probably upset that in order for him to sell a full album nowadays, he’d have to come up with 10-12 good songs, a feat he hasn’t accomplished during his entire lifetime. Yes, the magical, magical times certainly are over for Johnny.

Today, thanks to Steve Jobs, a good portion of music consumers still actually pay for music and also actually have – *gasp* – consumer choice! Music consumers can now buy exactly what they want while not paying for things they don’t. Imagine that! Consumers can also still buy a full album via Apple’s iTunes Store, complete with artwork and more, if they so desire. Nobody’s stopping them. And, oh by the way, artists are still getting rich. All of this is thanks to Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs is personally responsible for saving the music business, you vapid twit.

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192 Comments

    1. Bon Jovi rocks and will always be relevant.. don’t confuse his sentimentality of being able to make 2 or 3 songs people liked per album with his talent.

      1. Once upon a time the artists were the drivers and their music spoke for itself. The record companies and agents were just parasites in the background. Giants like Zed Zeppelin, The Doors, Santana, Joplin, Hendrix wrote what they liked and it sold. Back then we wouldn’t even listen to Top 40 radio, much less buy any of it.

        Then in the late 70’s the parasites got control. It was all marketing and fake from then on. Bon Jovi was the result.

      2. Bon Jovi is formula filler. I never listened to him in high school and college, and I admittedly listened to some crap, especially in high school. Top 40 stuff.

      1. Slight correction: Bop Til You Drop was the first DIGITALLY recorded rock album, not the first CD.

        According to Wikipedia, the first CD pressed was “The Visitors” by ABBA, and the first released was “52nd St” by Billy Joel.

        I also remember saying to the wife in the pre-iTunes days: “The problem with ‘Roy Orbison’s Greatest Hits’ is that they aren’t all great”. Mr Bon Jovi should shut up and sing (something people want to buy).

    1. Are you sure about that? In the 83, 84 time frame as a computer sales person we talked about the future when Compact Disk would hold an album and albums would sell for $5.00 because they were so cheap to produce.

  1. Steve Jobs, my hero, gave me this sleek little delightful device that holds 1000s of esoteric songs which I have spent over 40 years collecting, with superb sound quality, and which I can hear wherever I go, and which I can easily stream to 11 speakers throughout my house to raise the rafters in heavenly joy, all for a very affordable price, keeping me extraordinarily happy. I thank God for Steve Jobs day and night!

    1. This is the same Bon Jovi that came out during the 2008 presidential campaign and said the “ONLY” people that wont vote for Mr. Obama are racists. Brilliant singer here that seems to be going down in a blaze of glory all on his own. He should zip it while he can.

  2. So giving music lovers more easier ways to buy and consume their love of good music is killing the music business eh?

    Sorry Jon and co, Steve Jobs saved the music business. It’s not his fault that sales of your average albums have dropped through the floor.

    Why not try and writing some decent songs that appeal to the modern music lover instead of trying to appeal to aging 35yr old women who have followed you since they were 16yrs old.

    Hang up your guitars guys – you’re past it.

  3. The music business was living on a prayer when Steve Jobs saved it with iTunes. Jon Bon Jovi gives higher life forms a bad name. Yeah, the good old days of vinyl, when if you wanted to tote your music around you’d have to make a crappy copy onto a cassette tape to play it on your crappy cassette player in your car. Truly magical!

  4. The music industry was “Livin’ On A Prayer” in the digital age until Apple gave those floundering fools a chance to make money with iTunes.

    And there’s nothing wrong with killing today’s music *business*. The actual musicians, and the music that’s actually good, can easily survive and thrive under a new music business which isn’t so fan-hostile.

    To slightly paraphrase Upton Sinclair, it is difficult to get a man to understand something, when he thinks his paycheck depends upon his not understanding it.

  5. If it were not for the macintosh and itunes, i’d still be sitting in front of my linux box running a fast tracker clone, looping one of the 20 or so free .xm files I would grab off of one of those ftp servers every now and then (I didn’t even get cover art!). I would let it loop for 5 mins or so, then it would start getting annoying so I would kill the tracker and relaunch with a different file. now I have a macbook (1st anniversary was ~ a month ago) and itunes with ~200 odd songs. And they actually have lyrics too!!!

    (btw: xm is like a really simple and beepy version of midi)

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