Jon Bon Jovi, along with many other rockers from the pre iPod and iTunes days, have seen a huge decline in the music industry. Sales have been stale and the music business is being murdered. Someone is the killer. Someone is thrashing the life out of this once huge business, but who? Jon blames Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
The 56-year-old Jobs has run Apple with an iron fist. Before Steve became AppleÂ’s CEO, the company was losing money. Jobs came in, got rid of a lot of projects, beefed up the computer section, and made iPods almost a necessity for the public. Before too long, Apple was successful again and Jobs made a fortune.
Now what does all this have to do with Jon Bon Jovi and the slaughtering of the music industry?
According to Bossip, Jon has stated, Â“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.Â”
Â“God, it was a magical, magical time,Â” he continues, Â“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: Â‘What happened?Â’ Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business.Â”
At 48, Jon is far from old, but he is old enough to remember when music lovers bought an album just for one song on it. But it was a good way to hear tunes that werenÂ’t as popular. Eventually album listeners loved most of the melodies on it.
Many people agree with Bon Jovi. Yes, you can buy a full album on iTunes, but do most people actually do that when itÂ’s far cheaper to just download their favorite single?
TodayÂ’s teens are missing out on a lot. ThereÂ’s nothing like the good old days, listening to a blasting radio with all your friends, singing songs at the top of your lungs, and adults clicking their tongues thinking that the music was just noise. Good times.
Maybe Jon has a point. The music industry is not what it used to be. Is the love that teens had for music 30 years ago gone? Have we allowed ourselves to be manipulated by technology so much that the pure joy of listening to ten songs from your favorite group at once is gone forever?
Forever? Maybe not. One day music and album sales might return along with the transistor radio. DonÂ’t know what a transistor radio is? Very sad.