Bon Jovi

Although his legendary band has hit the ‘top 10 rock’ charts on iTunes in multiple countries, Jon Bon Jovi isn’t very happy with the founder of the franchise, Steve Jobs:

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 [he’s 49], 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.

NOTE: Bon Jovi was clearly not making a statement on illegal downloading specifically, but rather the download/mp3 format and the way that music is consumed.

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Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi has released 11 studio albums since 1984 (most recently in 2009). All of them were released on Mercury/Island Records (both are owned by Universal Music Group). Most hit #1 on multiple Billboard charts. Their third, Slippery When Wet, is certified diamond and one of the highest selling studio albums of all time.

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4 responses to “Bon Jovi

  1. Barabara Miskelly

    There is no doubt that Bon Jovi will be one of the best rockstars of all times. ^

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  2. Arturo Bandini

    I agree with the first part of this, and it was well said about the experience of buying a record. However, what did Steve Jobs do to kill the music business? That made about as much sense as the crappy songs Bon Jovi writes.

  3. Well of course those were *his* good old days. It is much more difficult to pass off rubbish these days.

  4. First off, I’m about as old as Bon Jovi and for me buying albums back in the good ol’ days sucked. You shelled out your money for something you could not experience in any way beforehand (save for the radio hit or two) and took it home and prayed it was going to to be good. Most of the time it wasn’t. Albums were notorious for filler.

    As for Jobs killing the music business, what a load. Jobs led the way in making music available over the Internet without breaking laws. In addition, he made it easy, affordable and high quality. Trust me, most people cannot tell the difference between an MP3 and a full rez CD track. Don’t believe me? Get your ‘buds, pick a tune you own on CD, rip it to iTunes as AIFF, convert it to MP3 and LISTEN. If you hear a difference, I’ll be surprised.

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