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Bon Jovi: “Steve Jobs Is Personally Responsible For Killing The Music Business”

by Emily Price | March 15, 2011March 15, 2011 5:00 am PDT

In an interview with Sunday Times Magazine, Bon Jovi attacked Steve Jobs, saying that the Apple CEO “is personally responsible for killing the music industry.”

Jovi claims “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”

Jovi attributes the steady decline of brick-and-mortar music stores to the expansion of digital ones, more specifically iTunes.

Other musicians have made similar claims. John Mellencamp compared the internet to an atomic bomb late last year, while Prince declared “the internet’s completely over.”

There’s no denying that digital music is dramatically affecting the music industry as a whole. iTunes and other digital music outlets make it possible for you to get a feel for an album before you buy it, and digital radio stations make it possible for you to listen to tracks customized to your own personal preferences without ever paying a dime.

What do you think? Is the decline of the record industry Steve Jobs fault? Or was it something that was going to happen, iTunes was just the starting point?

[via Sunday Times Magazine]


Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...

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