Bon Jovi: “Steve Jobs is Personally Responsible for Killing the Music Business…”

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Not so long ago, Steve Jobs was hailed as a savior of the music industry.

But that was before digital didn’t pan out, and before everyone realized that Apple was really making billions off of devices – while piggybacking off of music.  Now, Jobs is just another bogeyman.

And even music’s elite – and very rich – are harboring ill will. “Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business,” Jon Bon Jovi ranted to the Sunday Times Magazine.  “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?'”

Well, a lot of things happened, and Jobs is just one part of that disruption.  But it’s still unclear whether digital distribution has really hurt Bon Jovi in the end.  After all, the wheels of discovery are more lubricated than ever, and Bon Jovi mints hundreds of millions in touring income annually.  In fact, Pollstar ranked the band first among all touring acts last year, with receipts of nearly $150 million in North America alone.

Of course, many of those attendees were born long after “Livin’ on a Prayer,” and have discovered Bon Jovi through digital channels.  Still, Bon Jovi feels that an essential part of the experience is now missing.  “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.”