Bon Jovi Blames Steve Jobs For Killing The Music Business.

  • March 14, 2011 8:59 pm


This evenings topic for most ridiculous news item of the day is brought to us by The Times and an interview they had with John Bonjovi. It seems John here hasn’t learned past classic rockers’ mistakes. That is, he spends a good chunk of his interview lambasting Steve Jobs (and in a more broader sense, the digital music scene) for “killing the music experience/business”. According to John, the days of saving up money to buy an album based on the jacket (that’s cover art for you young-ins) and spending an hour or more listening to a said compilation without distraction is gone — all thanks to Steve Jobs.

First of all, buying music because the cover art is cool is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Music is about…the music, not the pretty pictures. Being able to preview music before purchasing it is a logical, smart decision. Why spend money on junk which in turn allows the artist in question to continue pumping out more junk? It’s poor logic. Another good example — why spend $10, $15, or $20 on a full CD when one or two songs are worth buying? It’s called consumer choice and the aging music business hates it.

As far as John’s rant about “getting lost in an album” — that can still be done just as easily as it was 25 years ago, so we have no idea what John is talking about in regards to that statement.

Finally, John shows his age and ignorance (he admits the former) by blaming the digital music business for killing a dying, rigid, unadaptable business model — the physical music scene (read: CDs, albums, etc.)

In the end, all we are hearing is another aging rocker making the same mistakes as so many before him — blaming a dying industry that is unwilling to adapt to change and consumer choices and then turning around grilling the very visionaries who pioneer the next generation. Steve Jobs didn’t kill the music industry. He killed the dying business model of overpriced physical mediums, lack of consumer choice, and the support of garbage. To that we say bravo Steve, bravo.

Via: MSN



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  • Andrewc Oh22

    I would have to side with the rockstar on this one, album art is dope. I mean that was part of the experience too, you can’t deny that. Some album art told stories, some sleeves were just so fucking cool that you wanted that shit on your fucking t shirt. It’s all aesthetics man, just like your iphone. Why does it have to look so sleek and sexy? Does its form contribute to its function? It was cool listening to an album and flipping through the little booklets wording the lyrics, it heightened the experience. One thing is for sure though… it is hard to find good albums these days… the author even said it himself. Too much junk in the industry these days. The last full album I enjoyed from beginning to end was the xx’s.

    • Mike

      I’ll agree with the junk comment. I spend hours each week actively looking for new music.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TTY6YANZIMFH57KYHOWQU3I5ZQ total_loss26

    If “mike ” is the author , or whomever, they are only have right. Steve Jobs, is not to blame. But JBJ and the part about CD/album covers is dead on. Image is everything, and back in the day, I would judge an album by it’s cover. That is still true today. Yes, the music inside is important, but so is the sleeve. The outside can tell a story about the inside. But Mike, if your the one who wrote this (or whomever), if you didn’t grow up in the seventies and eighties, you really don’t know what your talking about.

    • Daniel J. Cartier

      Agreed. As a 42 year old musician and all around music lover, I can honestly say there was nothing quite like going to a record store to buy music. Seriously. That was a huge part of the whole experience; sifting through the bins, looking at the pictures, talking to the clerk and other customers about what they were listening to, selecting something cool and paying for it…. then rushing home to pull the shrink wrap off and listen to the album from start to finish was… well… special. Magical even. I know it will never be quite like that ever again, but… if we can retain even a glimmer of the magic for younger generations I’d be happy. I think it’s up to the artists to offer items to fans that truly are physical experiences - limited run vinyl and CD’s with additional artwork, one of a kind - hand decorated or signed items, things available only at shows or through mailing (or email) lists - these things will help keep that special bond between musician and listener alive. And obviously if someone wants to just download something - well - make that an option too.

  • http://www.vinylvenue.co.uk Richard Cord

    P.S … I’m not a JBJ fan… and i do agree that “Being able to preview music before purchasing it is a logical, smart decision”

    • http://www.gadgetsteria.com The Gadgeteur

      I’ve run into situations as well where I’ve grown to hate the “single” and warm up to other less played songs on a CD. But, I can still preview all of that said content before purchasing if i want to.

  • http://www.vinylvenue.co.uk Richard Cord

    I totally disagree…. His points were valid, if a little misguided at Steve.

    You’ve totally missed the point of music!!! It’s an Art. And albums should be a story. I’m not anti-digital … but I do think something has been lost.>>
    http://blog.vinylvenue.co.uk/2011/01/vinyl-records-vs-digital-no-vinyl-are.html

    But then again I do own a Vinyl Record Shop ;)

    • http://www.gadgetsteria.com The Gadgeteur

      Lol, shameless plug. (nice site btw — If I were in to Vinyl I think I’d be mesmerized)

      I get the art aspect of it, but that’s not a reason to force said art on people by way of limiting digital sales or avenues (which is the tone that comes off his interview). If a person prefers the whole album experience — fine, that’s great. But don’t complain if people find another method of enjoying music that’s not the same as yours.

      • http://www.vinylvenue.co.uk Richard Cord

        haha… thanks … shameless indeed!

        Yeah, you are right… I’m not complaining. Just think it’s a shame, that part of the music experience has been lost in a totally digital world. Many new Artists are bringing out LPs on Vinyl these days… So maybe a good balance has been reached. Offer both, the people who really love the Artist/Art can still get hold of Vinyl.

        • Mike

          A balance is coming, though I wouldn’t necessarily say someone who buys a vinyl over a cd loves an artist more. The CD buyer could buy more merchandise such as clothing, autographed goods, etc. They could also be apt to go to a concert. It’s kind of a toss up and has more to do with personal preference in physical medium as well as audiophile status I think.

  • Noahzmel

    I still like looking at the cover art for CDs even if i don’t have the CD makes it easier to pick out in my library and if it is an older one brings back memories of actually going to the store with firneds and picking it up.

    • http://www.gadgetsteria.com The Gadgeteur

      While I can certainly appreciate the nostalgia, there’s no arguing physical media is losing its place in today’s world. And for good reason — it’s not needed. Why drive somewhere or wait for it to arrive in the mail?

  • Claudio_sepede

    Authour : Mike I vow to punch you and break your nose and make you swallow teeth. Rebel_of_course

    • http://www.gadgetsteria.com The Gadgeteur

      sounds like a plan.

  • Richard

    He actually made more valid points than you did.

    • http://www.gadgetsteria.com The Gadgeteur

      Care to explain?