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Bon Jovi And Steve Jobs

Bon Jovi is an idiot, and an old idiot. The light bulb killed the candle, the radio killed the newspaper, the video killed the radio… got my gest? So should me blame Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and… whoever invented the music video? Of course not, but this is exactly what Bon Jovi is doing, in an interview for the London-based Sunday Times Magazine: ‘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.’ At least he is admitting himself the old part of the insult. But already the first part of his statement sounds ridiculous, ‘the beauty of making a decision based on the jacket’? How stupid is that? Are you buying some music or a painting? But it is not as if the red Kool-Aid face on the cover of ‘Have a Nice Day’ has ever precipitated any sales,… and that ‘Slippery when Wet’ cover art was such a seller! Sorry for you Bon Jovi, but album fillers are gonna be hard to place now with the new possibility for the consumer to listen to each of the tracks before buying …. Fillers, Bon Jovi, kind of an oxymoron anyway. Think whatever you want about Steve Jobs but you cannot blame him for bringing us progress and technology. Technology evolution is unavoidable and transgresses any specific person. Killed the music business? And what about the recent boom in Beatles sales on iTunes? It didn’t happen to Bon Jovi’s albums also sold on iTunes? I wonder why…

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