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Jon Bon Jovi Blames Steve Jobs For Killing The Music Industry!

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Those are some harsh words!

Jon Bon Jovi is saddened by the fact that kids no longer enjoy the "magical" experience of buying records. In fact, he goes so far as blaming the death of the music industry on Mr. iTunes himself, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Bon Jovi says:

"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."

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Okay, so maybe the introduction of digital downloads may have been a big blow to the music industry and sure, who doesn't miss going to the record store and picking up your favorite band's record or CD?

But, Jon needs to remember that technology is forever evolving. Maybe the music industry just needs to catch up to technology??

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72 comments to “Jon Bon Jovi Blames Steve Jobs For Killing The Music Industry!”

  1. 1

    Steve jobs is a genious and he is every true artists dream!!
    If you are a true artist and not a money grabbing whore—you would want your work to reach out to as many as possible!!
    Everybody who complaint about this has nothing to do in music buisness!!!

  2. 2

    I kinda agree with him… It use to be thrilling knowing you had enough for only one album and agonizing over which one to buy..LOL.. now you don't even have to buy albums..y ou can just youtube it all :(

  3. 3

    Totally Lame….I do the majority of purchasing digitally and that doesn't mean I don't excited for music…so what if I don't get pumped to buy a physical album isn't it supposed to be about the music anyways. The awesome thing about digital is that you don't have to wait for the store to open. On another note if the album has some kind of special packaging I consider buying it.

  4. 4

    According to your logic, it was the KIDS who killed the music business. Steve is simply cashing on it. Economics 101: Supply and Demand.

  5. 5

    I'm sure the horse and buggy business was upset when cars were invented too. Get over Bon Jovi. I'm with you, time to focus on how to adapt and keep up. It's called progress and capitalism. Lets not romanticize "record buying" too much.

  6. 6

    Jon is right. Music is basically over-exposed. It has taken away from the whole emotional experience of listening to an album for the first time.

  7. 7

    Uhm, yeah I remember a time when I had the honor of having that "magical" experience of not knowing whether or not an album was any good and lemme tell you, I was PISSED once I listened to an album, hated it and wanted my 15$ back.

  8. 8

    it used to be the case that families had an accordian or a piano or made their music at home. It could be said that recorded music destroyed the average person's need to create their own music…. taking away that wonderful sense of having mastered something beautiful as they get lost in the music while playing a sonata or pounding out Beethoven's 5th.

  9. UKBoy says – reply to this


    ***WARNING: Irrelevant music hasbeen desperately hunting for press coverage!***

    Steve Jobs has helped save the music business. People were illegally downloading music long before iTunes came along. iTunes has kept people PAYING for music…

  10. 10

    well first off, if you're going to get technical, cd's killed the record business, because they realized they could charge even more inflated prices for a recorded disc that's a third the size of vinyl - and one where you can barely read what's on the liner notes - all that fantasy about looking at the record cover and digging the pictures of your favorite artists, totally flew out the window.

    second, he's a douchebag that pays his band like hired hands, so if I were him, I'd STFU and be grateful that he can still get the ladies' panties in a twist enough to still have a damn career.

  11. 11

    Hey grampa, times change. JBJ is showing how behind the times he is acting like a maudlin old fool. Just because he holds those experiences near and dear to his old heart does not mean that today's experiences are any less impactful — they are just different. It's called progress.

  12. 12

    I agree with him. Times have really changed and not necessarily for the better but I guess we all have to learn to adapt and just roll on.

  13. 13

    I don't know. I certainly take advantage of digital music, but a part of me really does miss buying a physical album. I'm a '90s kid, so for me, I had quite a collection of cassette tapes, but it still fun. I get adapting to the times, but I still think there should be room to enjoy the now nostalgic aspects of music, because there is nothing wrong with it.

  14. 14

    Well… the laser CD era killed my radio cassette. So I had to throw it away in order to get to hear some of this so "new" called "Compact Discs", once that happened I didnt know what to do with my cassettes… so I threw them all out too. Now at days, I can throw out my CDs aswell, since I can just store everything in a tiny drive that I can carry with me everywhere. I guess I will replace that one too when theres something that allows me to play the music I want just with my mind.

  15. 15

    Yeah, it's a real shame that people can't waste their hard earned money, in this terrible economy, on a an album only to find out that all the songs suck except for the one you bought it for. All the while, the rich musicians rake in the bucks from the poor consumers loss. It's a terrible shame indeed Jon. Especially since your music sucks worse than them all.

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  17. gooby says – reply to this


    i know the point that he's TRYING to make.. that digital files aren't exactly something that we fall 'in love with', like an old album.. LP's sounded better too! but steve jobs didn't kill the industry - bad music and stupidly expensive CD's killed the industry. remember when they label's always told us that CD's would drop in price eventually? what happened?? LOL oh ya, at least bon jovi's not going on about free downloading killing the industry - this is a new slant.. incorrect but extremely entertaining! :)

  18. 18

    The only thing I may add that I think it makes this whole digital era sort of bad , is that we have even double more of 1 hit wonders, people who buy from one artist like as much 5 songs from 3 albums, and people honestly knowing less about music and just wanting whats trendy.

  19. 19

    Re: RyGUy543 – LOL! How true indeed.

  20. 20

    What a moron. If it wasn't for digital downloads, kids these days wouldn't even know who the hell he is. And YES, it was the music industry's fault for not getting with the times and recognizing the power of technolology. If they understood economics and technology, they would have been in control of how media is managed, but now they are just boo hooing and sueing everyone's asses off. Freakin' idiots!

  21. 21

    I completely agree with him. Not about blaming Steve Jobs, but how different it is now. I've experienced both and nothing compares to vinyl on a turn table. Its sad a lot of people won't get to experience that.

  22. 22

    Progress has been a force for good in our lives, but some things lost in the name of progress perhaps deserve to be mourned. The ritual of buying a album, or an 8-track, or a cassette (heck, even a CD!) was an act of self-discovery; every album purchase was the addition of one more piece (or more) in the jigsaw puzzle of our souls. These choices helped define our style, our world view, even our futures. Scrounging up enough money for an album was a demonstration of our thrift and as true an exercise of our freedom as voting. Deciding on an album was to decide which direction we would take, and we chose carefully. Collecting a favorite artist's work was a stylistic commitment akin to marriage.

    Today, even with legal downloads, the weight of the decision is no longer there. We throw away 99 cents on a track, in the time it takes to click on it, without any emotional investment in what we purchase. If the song is crap, we've only spent 99 cents. If the song is excellent, however, again, we've only spent 99 cents so we don't treasure it the way we would a 45 record we would discover and pluck from the rack at a record store. And, with the digital track, we're far more inclined simply to delete it without a thought once we're tired of it. A 45 gets a place on a bookshelf to be pulled out once in a while, for the memories.

    Instant and easy is better in many ways, Mario, but it does not do for everything. iTunes is nowhere near the experience of a record store.

  23. 23

    Re: xcalibur – oh my god ! Take a grammar course, or at the very least go back to high school! Your opinion might have more weight if you had a better grasp of the english language!

  24. 24

    i'm a 90s kid so there are parts to this i would say hold some truth, but i dont think jobbs solely killed the industry. its mainly autotune, cute, sellable, not really talented performers, and just wicked bad music that killed the industry. its sad what happened to music these days, but its out of our hands

  25. 25

    The packaging alone that went into albums is an art form that is long gone. To go through the inside of an album was like being a kid going through a box of cereal looking for the toy in the bottom of the box. People who weren't around during the days of vinyl really don't know what they missed unless they break out the parents old albums and put them on the turntable.

  26. 26

    Jon Blonde Jokie…that opinion is the type of opinion you should have kept to yourself. Even "if" what you said is true, for you to criticize someone who may not be alive at the end of this year is deplorable. I thought you had class and know life is really about but apparently I was wrong.

  27. 27

    What a surprise that Mr. Liberal Rock Man doesn't like new technology. Instead of downloading the songs we like, he wants us to buy a whole album with all the crap songs instead of just paying 99 cents each for the couple we might like. Maybe the music industry needs to adjust and put out more good music to make their money. If he thinks downloaded music is not an emotional experience, he needs to try to take away an Ipod from a teenager, LOL!

  28. 28

    i'm a 90's kid so i have to say certain parts hold some truth, but i wouldn't say jobbs personally killed the industry. i think that autotune, semi cute, sellable, not really talented performers, and wicked bad music killed the industry. jobbs pays musicians with the royalties from itunes so idk but i do believe some parts/

  29. 29

    Bon Jovi is right.

  30. 30

    He said it! Music 'Business'. Bon Jovi is getting mixed up here………maybe he can't hear the cha-ching of the music business so well.

  31. sanaa says – reply to this


    This is difficult issue to debate, there are pros and cons, but you cannot stop technology and artists and record labels just have to get more creative with how they put out music. Something is always lost, but something is also gained.

  32. 32

    I still buy CDs I guess it just depends on the person. I buy the CD if I really like the artist and want the album book for the lyrics even though you can find it online I like to have the lyrics in just one book instead of googling every song. I buy iTunes songs if I like one or two songs from an artist. I think the internet is a great way to see if you like an artist instead of finding out you don't after buying the album. The music industry was ruined way before Steve Jobs in fact I think the napster guy would be insulted by Bon Jovi for not giving him that honor.

  33. 33

    I agree with him, that this generation and future generations will miss out on something special, like the record store experience. I miss that thrill. But the same could be said for buying a book. In a few years book stores will be almost gone also. Friday night at the video store with my girlfriend, also done with. At the same time I also like buying music, books and video content online. But to blame Steve Jobs is unfair. He might have sped the process up. But the technology and mp3 players were already there before apple got involved. Napster also showed us that we could get music online, long before Apple.

  34. 34

    As a musician I feel like comments like his are why people believe all this non sense… it is easier now than it ever has been for artists to control how their music is released into the world. Musicians can now pay to make their own records. If they are smart and hungry, they can get it the masses via the amazing amount of social networking sites, buying ad space, booking their own gigs and doing all the things a record company once did and charged musicians up the ass for.

    Bonjovi is a product of the record industry and has no idea how nice it is to be a musician, with a record that isn't owned by a record company… People still purchase these records off itunes… itunes is no different from when you could copy tapes, or burn CD's… I am in a blues band and while the blues is not considered popular music we still make plenty of sales off itunes most of which are around the world in places we could not have gotten to otherwise… It would have been much harder to get music out there had it not been for this kind of digital distribution.. many great music has been lost due to record companies not being interested and now that is not as often the case…

  35. 35

    Uh, Jon album covers were back in the '90s. So no one in the least 20 years has bought an album. And buying a CD and staring at the small cover isn't so amazing. How did Jobs have anything to do with album covers?

    But too many younger people now, like teens, only buy the songs they know. So they lose out on great albums and discovering the nonhits. I agree with that part.

  36. 36

    Re: shaCHEER11

    the musicians on itunes make a higher percentage (6.59 on a 9.99 CD) than they ever did under a record company…

    the POP music, RECORD industry maybe dying but the MUSIC industry and the ARTIST are doing better than ever…

  37. 37

    Jon is right. There is no magical, emotional expectation from kids anymore, it's just "gimme gimme," expecting music and everything else should be given to them for free.

  38. 38

    There won't be very many artists left, it takes a lot to produce an album. Without the revenue of CD sales, and digital downloads are what 1.99 now, labels will be dropping artists left and right.

  39. 39

    Call me crazy, but I love the magical experience of previewing the album to know that I'm getting my money's worth. You know what I don't miss? Buying the whole album based off one or two singles and then finding out the rest of it sucks.

  40. 40

    I agree with him.One of my favorite teenage memories was going to the record store and buying an album..that cost only 6 bucks…it was a treat to get to hear some not so played music..alot of my favorite songs from long ago artists are the ones that didnt play on the radio.he isnt a money grubing whore , Bon Jovi makes money. He was saying he is sad that today kids dont and wont have them memories we had going to record stores and looking at the album.

  41. 41

    If that's true, Bon Jovi's shitty music helped kill rock.

  42. 42

    The saddest day was when Hurricane Katrina destroyed my albums. When CD's were still in the "It's coming" stage we were told that they would sound like a live show,impecable sound. So wrong. There is nothing like the sound of an original album. JMO but dropping albums was one of modern life's biggest mistakes. I just wish we had options. These days it's ok here comes the ipod, if you want to keep old memories you're going to pay top $$ to buy a decent turn table. Why does corporate make life so unmanageable? Is there no such thing as being a purest anymore?

  43. 43

    Whatevs, iTunes is a music lovers dream!

  44. 44

    nope. love bon jovi, but what happened long before itunes was that "albums" began sucking. you'd get i or 2 decent songs, and the rest is filler. so it became a waste of money to actually purchase a whole cd, except in rare cases.

  45. 45

    Lets get real. We,re all posting on this site which means our lives are pretty pathatic afterall:)

  46. @v@ says – reply to this


    There was nothing like riding a horse to work in the early morning, either.
    They can still paw through the CD's in HMV at the mall, or check out the complete albums selection of any artist or group, along with lots of little sneak peak mp3 listens on Amazon, which is actually even better. You can do it in your housecoat, and all of the samples you might ever want are at your fingertips. NOT to mention being able to go to Youtube and watch all 24 glorious minutes of "Pink Floyd Live 8 Full Concert HD" in London in 2005, or AC/DC in Spain. There are some pretty fine trade-offs, so it's a case of half empty or half full. Most people AREN'T musicians, so the magic was amplified for those who were.

  47. @v@ says – reply to this


    Not only that, but I like being able to go big screen, turn out the lights, crank it up and watch a concert of my choosing. I still go and support favorite live acts. Nothing would stop me. Bon Jovi is another generation's experience, and the way it is today is this generation's experience. I believe they value theirs just as much, but just in a different way if they love music. The old music industry was so keen on not wanting to surrender their little monopolistic corner of the pie that they missed the technological boat; and in spite of many warnings, too; and they've been attempting to play catch up ever since. The kids took it and ran with it, like they always do and will. The farts get left behind.

  48. 48

    Yeah, yeah, and video killed the radio star. Work WITH it, not against it. I disagree with JBJ this time.

  49. 49


  50. 50

    Re: @v@ – Ha! I love all of your comments. Very true, again. Can you imagine how records and radio stole the experience of live music? A singular experience only to be enjoyed by few could suddenly be enjoyed by many.

  51. 51

    only non-artists would disagree with jbj. perez, you're a gossip whore failed at the music industry. you know shit about technology and even less about the biz. the only correction i would have is that sean parker & steve jobs killed it.

  52. 52

    Re: facialmirken – That's quite a claim! Care to actually support it, champ? :D

  53. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: RyGUy543 – Oh, boy, true that. Learning to love the b-cuts when they never quite did the justice; or listeners just lit up instead, hehe. Re: carrie from la – Same on your comments, no lie. Waves.

  54. 54

    Re: shaCHEER11 – To some degree, I get what you're saying about bad artists and equally bad music had a hand in destroying the music industry! But, to say it's out of our hands, I have to disagree. It's the consumers who still holds the power of that dollar to NOT purchase a download…if we don't download the crappy music, the artists won't get paid. I'm an avid music lover who can appreciate talent and respect an artist with creativity as opposed to unoriginality! Looking at this post just solidified my stance on creating a blog about the decline of the music industry, and targeting artists who can make substansial music instead of coming up with shitty lyrics over a hot beat…

  55. biddy says – reply to this


    he is 100 percent absolutely correct and if you are born after 1980 you would have no idea what he is talking about. As illustrated in Perez's comment - CD's are not records but downloads in hard copy. Please.

  56. 56


  57. 57

    People who kill the music industry are people like Bon Jovi who can't make a good record to save his life, but then is slated to 'star' in 'New Years Eve; Just Sayin'. Whats wrong with wanting to have an album instantly? Blame Youtube.

  58. 58

    Actually he is partially correct- the tech industry definitely help destroy the old fashioned romantic and magical part of it…along with the greedy producers…etc.,.
    That said it is pretty damn cool being able to watch video of your favorite band on your phone or laptop. I hope all of the younger people will either experience (or continue to) LIVE music/performances be it musical or theatrical…along with their iTunes, etc.,.

  59. 59

    He is old school and appreciates the whole experience. I'm sure there are ppl out there who still get excited at the thought of physically purchasing a CD and reading the lyrics and other stuff that is normally included in the cover (including me). I'm sure he understands that technology is evolving but doesn't mean he has to be happy about it or not have an opinion.

  60. 60

    Re: UKBoy – Not a hasbeen…still relevant….still popular…still selling plenty of concert tickets.

  61. 61

    Re: Average Jane – Today you're more or less told who and what to like, its thrown in your face and that ruins the true experience. Whereas it use to be that you could make up your own mind up, but I guess you'd rather be a sheep and follow everyone else.

  62. 62

    Re: xcalibur – I've never regretted buying any of Bon Jovi's albums - FACT!!! Another sheep that follows everyone else and believes the media that Beyonce has made another amazing album or Lady Gaga has "changed the face and sound of music" or "Britney has done it again!!!"…. yeah whatever…

  63. 63

    Wow, check out the hair growing in his ear. He is indeed old.

  64. B0red says – reply to this


    hes never heard of Napster?

  65. 65

    haha !!! Said the sellout. What fucking albums is he talking about ? He never had any talent, he was just a pretty boy who wrote radio-friendly bubblegum 'rock' , fucked everything with a skirt and made millions on the back of naive teens.

  66. 66

    He sounds ridiculous. Music isn't the same because we don't go to the record store and stare at albums? There is a natural progression with technology and there always has been. That's why it went from records, to cassette tapes, to CD's to Ipods. People are being exposed to SO many more artists these days. He's foolish if he thinks that's ruining the music industry. Steve jobs gave us a great gift.

  67. 67

    There is still great music that creates magic and it annoys me that people say there isn't, you just have to search a bit harder and not depend on music charts to tell you what's quality.

  68. 68

    I kinda agree with him i dont really like downloading music so i usually put it onto a CD… they're more genuine and if ur computer crashes and you didn't have the CD u'd have to get those song all over again -.- so CD's/Record's are better =)

  69. 69

    NO — music itself does not need to be updated via technology.
    Sure, putting music onto an MP3 player or iPod is convenient, & I use mine everyday. But when I'm home, I listen to records - I get away from the digital sound that lowers the bass and heightens the metallic sound of music made of bits and bytes.

    Let the people who think they are music lovers buy one song at a time on iTunes - to each their own. Jon Bon Jovi is just being bitter.

  70. 70

    Oh horse poo - I remember those days and saying cr@p, I just wasted $10 on an another album I only like 1 or 2 songs on. Now you can get only songs you love, and find new bands you'd never heard of. I think the music industry misses the income for mediocre songs - now you produce or you lose.

  71. 71

    Uh Jon, there was Napster and a billion other illegal download sites long before iTunes and Steve Jobs came along. You should be thanking Steve Jobs for the fact that you actually get paid when some of your songs are downloaded now.

    Being able to buy singles and then download individual songs is awesome. I hated it when I bought a whole CD and then found I only actually liked one song on it. The internet has allowed me to determine whether or not I want a whole "album" or just the one song.

  72. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: ParalyZzzZzer – Agreed. I got his album as a gift, but considered them almost soft pretty boy rock compared to what I own.
    The songs weren't particularly complicated. Eighties big hair rock with a stadium rock twist and a nice looking front man with some pipes. They have their audience, though. Sambora is creative with effects which I appreciated when I saw it. I can't fault Jon one bit for this nostalgia, though. I pine for the music of those days regularly, and agree that rock music itself seems to have suffered. So many of today's 'rock' groups seem so three note. I guess I don't know where to look.