Steve Jobs Killed Music?

When I was a kid, I’d come home from the record store, pull the big record out of the crisp jacket and lie on the floor listening to music. Sometimes on a good album even the lyrics would be printed on the paper sleeve so I could follow along and learn every word to every song. I specifically remember the Thriller album and how it opened up to long picture of Michael Jackson with the white Tiger. Those were the days.

But, Times have changed. Music has changed. It seems I’m not the only one who misses the old days of record stores and hard copy albums. Jon Bon Jovi recently spoke out about how kids are missing out on the magical experience of buying records.

He says:

“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.”

Woah! That’s a bold statement Bon Jovi, but I will say Steve is doing pretty well. If he’s going down, he’s going down in a ‘Blaze of Glory’. ;D