March 15, 2011 by Rachel Cericola
Video may have killed the radio star, but music as a whole? You are free to blame Steve Jobs.
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi recently told The Sunday Times Magazine (via MSN) that the Apple CEO is “personally responsible for killing the music business.” He then talked about how he misses glancing at record albums and smelling the fresh vinyl—too closely, perhaps?
We’ve heard many of you complain about the quality of digital music, but that’s not really what Bon Jovi seems to have a problem with. Instead, he’s saddened by the loss of the “magical” experience. Perhaps he’s just waxing poetic and missing his youth and spandex.
Still, I get what Bon Jovi is saying. No one likes getting older. Also, I still have a special place in my heart (and my closet) for my first album purchase. That said, Jobs did not create digital music. He did, however, take it to the next level. In fact, he probably saved the music business, if anything.
I am guessing more people around the world have Bon Jovi on their iPod because it’s readily available. In fact, he should be kissing Jobs’ feet, as well as thankful that he’s still relevant and has good hair. Sure, I miss liner notes, but I also like being able to belt out the backup vocals for “Wanted Dead or Alive,” without having to purchase all of Slippery When Wet.
We all miss vinyl for various reasons. Some bands miss it so much, they still produce albums. I’m guessing Bon Jovi could go DIY and do the same.
What do you think? Is this rocker off his rocker? Sound off in the comments below.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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