Bon Jovi Says Steve Jobs Is “Personally Responsible For Killing Music”

Bon Jovi Says Steve Jobs Is “Personally Responsible For Killing Music”

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi says Steve Jobs is “personally responsible for killing the music business” with iTunes.

In an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine, Bon Jovi says kids no longer enjoy the “magical” experience of buying and enjoying LPs because of digital downloads. He hates to sound like an “old man,” he says, but it’s all Jobs’ fault:

“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.”

I’m an old man too, but I’ve never enjoyed music more. I much prefer my fantastic Sonos music system than my old record player. I do recall the excitement of buying a new LP every week. I doubt I’d get the same excitement these days, but that’s not Steve Jobs’ fault.

As for killing music, I’d say Bon Jovi has done more on that front than Steve Jobs.

Incidentally, Bon Jovi sits on a White House panel with Jobs’ wife, Laurene Powell Jobs. Both are members of the White House council for Community Solutions. Might be awkward at the next meeting.

The Sunday Times Magazine: LITD: Jon Bon Jovi, 48, rockstar (paywall)

  • Andy

    get with the times, busta rhymes!

  • Imp

    Well someone was going to do it in the end, even if it wasn’t iTunes.

    Everything is moving online. Transactions are easier and direct. The Music Business is huge, why would it possibly be spared from this transaction.

  • Toni Laakso

    Come on Jon, like you didn’t do your part in giving music a bad name.

  • Barry

    Dude. Your headline is way off. What’s up with that? “Killing Music” and “Killing the Music Business” are two entirely different things. Was this just laziness or intentionally putting out a misleading quote? Because it certainly wasn’t good writing.

  • Vicente

    Time marches on old man, and conversion to digital was inevitable before the ascendance of the iPod. The first players were around a full 4 years before iPod made it hip.

  • pickme2

    Uh huh. I think the music business killed the music business. Too many smartypants lawyers that don’t have to listen to anyone, much less a new artist. Too many $20 albums (because that’s what they used to cost) with a single $0.99 song on them That’s what killed the music business. Mystique and excitement, indeed. “Here, buy this record. It has my picture on it.” Bye, Bon Jovi.

  • Steev7

    Rich dinosaur has lost touch with the times. At least with itunes the artist gets paid unlike Napster. Jobs just had the insight to work it out for the artist. Record companies ruined it for artists to be unusual and unique. They only signed bands that sounded like the ones having current success. Happened to me.

  • Alaingauthier1

    Thank God for Steve Jobs I can live without Bon Jovi and the record industry was great but life goes on Brother

  • Wirehedd

    Personally, I think Jon needs to STFU and get a better financial planner. The fact that music is infinitely more accessible, wide spread and much more creatively free than it was in my teens (the 80’s) is testament to the fact that this clown is out of touch with REAL music and is bitter that he can’t con people into buying shitty records based on a piece of captivating art on the cover.

    The cover art does not dictate the quality of the music inside and to wish people could still be scammed like that is simply proof of greed, laziness and utter lack of genuine concern for the art of music and more for the art of the deal.

    Go back to Jersey you washed up has-been and take your crappy music with you. Loser.

  • Beccazrk

    I completely agree!

  • greg

    Ah the good old days. Nothing like sitting in your room listening to a whole album, then realizing you just paid $12 for one good song. Jeez I miss that.

  • JonBonIdiot

    He needs to step out of his time machine and back into reality.

  • Gjrpa1

    Bon Jovi is personally responsible for killing that raccoon sitting on his head. Nothing worse than an aging ’80s rocker with a bad hairpiece.

  • parrotcam

    Everyone here, Bon Jovi has a point! the ipod made it easy for people to store all their illegally downloaded music and bring it where ever they go. Apple made billions off these ipods in the past decade, it was the invention that saved Apple. In a way, apple and steve jobs did have a hand in destroying the music business. Now, nobody is paying for music anymore. Pretty much music is expected to be free these days. itunes isn’t enough to save the record business.

  • Jay Abbott

    I don’t know about you, but I never spent my allowance to make a decision to buy an LP based on the album cover. It’s because I heard a song on the radio or at a friends house and decided to buy based on what I heard. I do miss the album art and liner notes, but iTunes has the facility for artists to provide this now, but as I see it, most Artists or their labels are not producing this content in any large numbers. Who’s fault is that? iTunes, selling every song as a single is the democratization of music. I listen to the song and decide to buy based on what I heard. And, for the record, I spend way more money on music now than I did when I was younger and had to budget my music spending – BTW I am 52. I also believe that the wide availability of music on iTunes and other digital stores, and the 99 cent price helps to prevent piracy. My wife and I both have 32GB iPhones and they are packed full of music, and we have a Library of over 80 GB to choose from. Is the music industry really dying, or is there a market correction from the days of artists and labels making tons of money from overpriced music, sold on LPs where you spend more for music you really don’t like but paid for because that was the only way to get the song(s) you did like?

    Jon, I have always liked your music, but I never did by any of your albums, just like I am not buying your story that Steve Jobs personally killed the music business.

  • slapphappe

    Really Jon? I’m older than you by quite a few years and iTunes has me buying more music now, on a regular basis, than in my young adult years. No longer is it just a Saturday morning record store pleasure, but something I can do whenever I’m online. I impulse buy now more than I ever did. Plus I don’t have to deconstruct bad albums to remove those lazy filler tracks. I buy whole albums only where it makes creative good sense and I create my own mixes where my tastes and available music allow. In my opinion the music business is hotter now than it ever was …

  • Edgar Rios

    i dont wanna sound cocky but, my beats are amazing. & i can “get lost in the album”

  • Geek Tragedy Podcast

    Being Steve Jobs at home is killing music.

  • Andrew Berth

    Yeah, because if iTunes wasn’t around, people would all still be going to their local record shop, buying entire albums without knowing what they were actually buying. You’re not sounding like an old man… you’re talking like a stupid man.

  • Lynn

    Maybe there was something magic about that, but we could only buy those albums a studio deemed worthy of producing. Now we have more choice. We aren’t forced to buy an entire album for just one song. Independent artists have a better chance of being heard. And consumers have a bigger voice in the process.

  • SiberTater

    Is this because the only people who listen to your music now still drive a Smokey and the Bandit firebird? Seriously…give it a rest. Apple came up with an idea, the rest of us bought it. If he doesn’t own an iPod I’ll eat my hat.

  • Estebanmorales

    No offense to Bon Jovi, but it’s time to move ahead to 2011 and stop living in the 80’s. Music Artists should thank Steve Jobs for simplifying legal access to the music we do want to pay for. It’s very usual for an artist to really work on 2 or 3 singles and use filler songs for the rest of the album. I think it’s time to really put some effort on your work.

  • mehdiv

    WTH JBJ Thats not killing music industry… what really killed industry is the inability to make music accesible, I do enjoy buying my lp’s and the sound is amazing, but hell.. i can’t keep spending cd’s when they are more expensive than a full movie DVD or even a Blu-Ray Disc.. i’m a music fan and a movies fan.. so i look for the best ways to keep my both libraries updated. And there’s the other side of the story, when we look at what’s spent, polluted and wasted for building CD’s i Rather purchase some digital downloads. We need to step into reality and notice we ate the world with books, cd’s and dvd’s… why not remove ourselves from the vintage vanity and understand that art is art no matter the media.

  • Grumpy Old Man

    Bon Jovi also used to walk seven miles to school… barefoot… in the snow… and it was uphill both ways. Bon Jovi has officially jumped the shark.

  • mgs911

    Apparently he would rather have no money due to hackers, then to have a couple million dollars from Apple’s success!! What a douche!
    The iPod = Music Industry being re-known
    The iPhone = Even More
    The iPad = Live your Music!
    What did LP’s bring? Environmental problems and piles of junk that will be useless after the song is obsolete!!

  • Estebanmorales

    So now we are going to blame the Automobile manufacturers because of all the drunken driving deaths? Come on guys, it’s up to you and the way you want to use the technology that really defines it. I personally don’t and never have supported illegal downloads. And the iPod was a tool for me to carry all my CD collection in one tiny device. Thinks outside of the box people.

  • brad

    the headline may be misleading, but it *is* quoted from bon jovi himself. i don’t know if that was an edit, or the original line, but as it sits as of this posting, it’s just simply quoting what bon jovi said, regardless of how misleading it may seem.

  • CamilloMiller

    Somebody should tell Bon Jovi he’s personally responsible for being a jackass who sang a slight variation the same melody over and over through the years.

  • BitWise

    Bon Jovi has 25 albums, 335 individual songs, 63 music videos, and 2 movies all for sale on iTunes. It sounds like it’s not killing his business.

  • Tyson Fultz

    Executioner Jobs, we thank you!

  • Estebanmorales

    Amen greg.

  • Digiimorgan

    dis agree!

  • Jay Abbott

    You say everyone expects to get music for free? Are you a pirate, because I am not and I resent you characterizing most people as music thieves. Apple has made billions from the iPod and that music player technology, in other devices, because people saw real value in being able to carry their music with them. And, like other posts here, Apple did not invent the MP3 music player, they just made it cooler and popular. It’s the free music sites like Napster that have done more to damage the music industry and the music industry itself in how they portray their would be customers as thieves that have damaged the music business.

  • Paul

    I don’t miss the “good old days” when big corporations decided for me what music I could like and what music I could listen to. Now days, I discover my own music. I doubt that a big American corporation would ever produce Deep French House Music. Yes it’s a niche genre of a niche genre, but Pandora and dozens of Internet stations are happy to stream it to me. I can even buy it on iTunes.

    The days of fat rich bands are over. Now artists make music because they love it.

  • Tonda

    Hm…Hmm…now we dont have (it`s a pity though) in the Czech Republic iTunes music store yet, but music is there “killed” (as Bon Jovi said) already, no itunes means, people here download music from whatever sources, not paying any single buck for it. That is what`s killing music here in middle Europe…
    Itunes gets Music industry at least some hope and some cash, without it, as I can see in my country, people buy less and less cd`s every year…

    And if Jovi is complaining about electronic form of selling music, then wake up! it`s 2011, we don`t live in caves already… Napster was here before iTunes become popular, right?

  • GHo5t

    Sound to me like a case of sour grapes. Is someone having problems with their cash flow statement??? Oh come right out and say it….I don’t make as much as I used to with this business model.

    The times, they are a change’n and now artists can’t bundle 10 crappy songs with 2 popular songs and expect to make twenty percent off the total album cost. The consumer is speaking with their dollars and they love the flexibility of purchasing a song at a time or an album if priced right electronically.

    I guess being a rock star just isn’t what it used to be. Que small violin.

  • Geek Tragedy Podcast

    There was “something magical” about riding in a horse and buggy, too. That’s why there are guys in Central Park who still charge couples for rides in them. But all in all, I’m still happy I have a car instead.

  • lotechnz

    It’s watching an old rich guy complaining about climate change.
    “I liked it how it used to be, I shouldn’t have to change my ways”

    If Jobs/Apple hadn’t done it – someone else would have.

  • Charlie McLendon

    yea it seems his argument is that people had less information about music back then. Now you can actually prelisten to a song and know its crap before buying it. what is this world coming to?

  • Crustus J. Oldey

    Those were the good ol’ days, by crackey! Sittin’ behind the horses with buggy whip in hand, the wind rushing through the crew cut, while maw was a-singin’ the latest mountain tune inta paw’s ear….

    Jeez. Step into the future, Jon!

  • Marty Buchaus

    BonJovi was dead long before itunes!

  • Robert Pruitt

    BonJovi, if it weren’t for iTunes I’d be stealing your music. No lie.

  • LTB

    I entirely agree !

  • JayeDee369

    My thoughts exactly! If anything the music business should have jumped on the internet when they had the chance. Instead they sat back thinking this was a trend and now they are scrambling to pick up the pieces of a crumbling empire. Isn’t it curious that only big name artists are bitching?!? I haven’t heard a peep out of the struggling artist using iTunes and the internet to get their songs out there, why? Because they are using the media that will get them directly to their fan base, that’s why. Here’s the new magic Jon, listening to my friend make a song, go thru all the legalities and finally after hearing it on youtube, iTunes finally acknowledges it and my friend now has their chance to shine. No suits calling the shots and making the money-Do me a favor Jon, you, the music industry and the true destroyers of the “music business” please just fade away!!!

  • lgeisz

    If an artist makes a complete album everyone would want to listen to I would agree but in the old days you almost always had to buy the whole album for 1 or 2 good songs so the artist knew they had you for 9-12 bucks… There were very few full albums I wanted to listen too and although I like Bon Jovi I would not buy a whole album of his… Now Led Zeppelin 4 or Pink Floyd’s the wall whole album purchase every time. Get good or get gone stop complaining about people not buying all your dribble…

  • Charles Barilleaux

    Man Steve Jobs sucks! He denies kids the opportunity to buy an album”not knowing what the record sounded like,” as Mr. Bon Jovi put it.

    The horror! Today’s youth will never *have* to buy an album with one good song, three OK songs, and six that have various levels of suck.

    The music industry created ways to extend its revenue model though spreading the “good” songs across many albums, packaging artists to gain economies of scale, and generally looking for every way to squeeze their customers. The internet is breaking that model. Legacy artists can blame the Internet, Napster, iTunes, or whatever they want. At the end of the day, their business model is done.

  • RamsesTMagnum

    Kids don’t listen to “albums” anymore, because most musicians that get radio play don’t make albums. Kids listen to “singles.” Or, as we used to call them “45s.” Remember those Jon? They weren’t albums either. They are what we used to buy when the whole album wasn’t worth it.

  • Mkleinpaste

    Really, the problem here is that “artists” are back to actually having to work for their money. Gone are the days of $15-$20 CDs that have one, MAYBE two good songs on them. Now people buy what they actually like, not the filler so “justify” the purchase.

  • Morgan

    If iTunes had been around int the 80’s Jon Bon Jovi wouldn’t have sold nearly as much as he did. The primary reason he is complaining now is that all musicians need to create an entire set of GOOD songs instead of 2 – 3 Radio friendly Singles and then a bunch of garbage.

    All hail Steve Jobs for SAVING the consumer from the Evil Music business.

  • steven

    You know, part of the reason I used to listen to full-length albums over and over at that time is because I didn’t have that many of them. I could only afford to many $12 albums. So I made the most of the ones I had. Was every song good? Not at all.

    NOW, I just buy the tracks I like, so if I were younger with a limited budget, I would be buying a whole lot of single tracks from a variety of artists, instead of a few albums from just a few artists. Basically, it’s spreading the money around and making it so more artists can flourish.

    Oh, and as for Bon Jovi, I’m so glad I own http://www.oldrockstarsoutoftouchwith... so I can feature Bon Jovi, Prince, John (Cougar) Mellencamp, and others on the site.

    P.S. I don’t really own that site.

  • JP

    Oh boy, this BJ is definitely stucked in the 80’s. itunes saved the industry, period!!!

  • David

    “God, it was a magical, magical time.” It sure was… for the music industry. Not so much for us, the kids who were paying $10-20 for 1 or 2 good songs.

    Now it’s magical for US, because we only pay for the good songs. Bon Jovi, if you want to sell me a whole album, put a boatload of goodness on it. What?!? Actually work for your money? Madness!

  • alternet-14395

    I still have the very first CD I ever purchased; “Soda Fountain Shuffle” by Earl Klugh, and the price sticker is legible – $16.95. Twenty years later I can still find CDs in that price rage. I chalk it all up to the greed of all the participants in the industry.

  • CasyofPdx

    Yes – There are a few things like rotary dial telephone, Fax machine, Vinyl record, over price music CD, etc., that the next generation probably wonder “what happened” and thank Gods that they don’t have to endure that experience. That what progress is.

  • Archer Sully

    Since all Bon Jovi ever cared about was the business, they are the same thing to him.

  • Jay Floyd

    Yeah, he’s just wrong about this. Give us 12 songs on an album worth hearing and… guess what? We buy the whole album!

  • RyanKessler

    acually it’s bon jovi who contridicts himself. Bon Jovi is arguing in his quote that steve jobs is killing the whole experience of enjoying music, which to me sounds like he is argue that music is being killed. But in the end he said he is killing the business.

  • Johnnsen

    The joke is that he is selling all his stuff on iTunes anyway.

  • Forest Walker

    Bon Jovi telling someone ELSE that THEY are what’s bad about the music industry… His testicles must be 4 feet across…

  • Archer Sully

    From my own observations, it seems that there’s more interesting, varied, and downright musical artists available now than there were 10-15 years ago. Small labels seem to have an easier time reaching an audience than they used to.

    Now, if your business model relies on extracting maximum dollars from a handful of artists that sell 1M units each, yeah, your business is suffering. I have no sympathy, as that was a model based on exploitation and catering to the lowest common denominator of musical taste. Good riddance.

  • Ictus75

    Bon Jovi should get with the times! Greedy rockstars and corporations killed the music biz. If anything, Jobs saved the music biz with itunes and creating some system where people would actually buy music instead of stealing it. Hey Jon, how many songs have you sold on itunes??? Time to wake up and stop living on a prayer…

  • SavedByTechnology

    When I was young, I preferred the sound of vinyl. Analog recordings just sound better, and are actually a better representation of what you would hear in the studio. That said, MP3’s are obviously better financially, and at my age (44), with my tinnitus, my ears can’t really tell the difference in sound quality anymore.

    The other thing is that most albums today are just a bunch of tracks, whereas when I grew up, albums were more conceptual, if that’s a word. Songs were tied together within a story. DSOTM is by far my favorite album, but is there a way they would be able to sell that album today in MP3 format?

  • SavedByTechnology

    I bet Mr. Bongiovanni would change his tune if Apple pulled his music from iTunes.

  • David

    Yeah, and computers killed the typewriter business. Your point is…?!

  • Snowboardertr

    You are absolutely right , paying 10 + something for just one song and all the paper and plastic with the album :) We love itunes jon bon bon jovi , Steve is the Music King :)

  • Phil Reece

    Way before iTunes there was a little something called Napster. Bon Jovi is a moron. Apple just joined the bandwagon.

  • WillyChill

    F*** Bon Jovi, his music sucked in the 80’s and it sucks now. It is for old hairy chicks, with no sense of music quality.

  • David

    Oh yes, the days when I had to buy an entire album for a few songs while music insiders would decide what I was supposed to like. The other day I bought an album from a college friend of mine. Beautiful voice, soulful lyrics, and she released independently on iTunes. It wouldn’t have been possible to release an album to a major market without a label backing you 40 years ago. Now the music world is getting better, because they have to put out a good quality product. If they don’t, they fail. What Bon Jovi is really lamenting is the emergence of the truly free market in music. Where consumers have choices about what they buy and whom they buy it from. If I don’t want to buy music from iTunes, then I can buy it from Amazon, if not Amazon, then I can buy music directly from the artist. Bon Jovi, you are the buggy whip maker crying over the automobile, welcome to the future.

  • Mycc

    What a stupid thing to say!!! I can’t believe a person like Bon Jovi…reflects a huge lack of culture by saying that,,, shame on him

  • Wcdomiboy

    Yeah the music business was a beauty before he touched it. There was no piracy and every artist had a chance in the music business get their music’s worth. You paid $15 dollars and you liked every damn song in that album, not to mention the pretty pictures. Please, lets be real…. Bon Jovi owes Steve Jobs an apology…

  • James Rogers

    I like your music Bon Jovi, but only a couple of songs. You need to shut up and sit down, people don’t buy your records to listen to your opinions. I for one am glad we’re passed the days of buying a whole album to get one or two songs worth listening to.

  • Sean

    Steve Jobs invented digital music? Who knew?

  • MacGoo

    Bon Jovi is doing what everyone with an agenda does: Hiding the real reasons for the way they feel, and pushing what they think will be the most effective angle to convert the masses. Music today is awesome for listeners. Who does it suck for? MUSICIANS. Especially big-name musicians with lots of money to lose. So he (along with Metallica and other sellouts) tries to get us to wax nostalgic purely for his own benefit – we might just go out and buy a CD, just for “old time’s sake”. Hopefully his.

  • Studiovx

    I’d have to say Jon Bon Jovi’s got a lot of blood on his hands too for the crap we’ve had to endure from his band!

    One could argue his music has been dead for awhile

  • liuping

    I don’t think you would hear all those clicks and pops in the studio…

  • Dan Miller

    You mark my word, 10 years from now people will be saying Bon who?

  • CharliK

    Radio and the labels are to blame before Jobs is. The labels pushed the notion of the ‘hit single’ to the stations and the stations played around. Then the labels started releasing those singles on LPs, cassettes even CD singles.

    THEY created the ‘single’ mindset, not Apple.

  • close encounters

    Is he talking about music or album art?

  • FredHaan

    Earlier, artists were really ticked off about the download problem. Everybody hailed Apple as the solution with iPod, iTunes. Songs started selling again. I think Bon should do the only decent thing and stop peddling his stuff on iTunes. (He probably only made a few million there anyway! Nood need to continue!)

  • CharliK

    Funny you mention the artists. Cause they are sometimes the biggest victim’s of the labels. According to the reports, artists often get as little as pennies on album sales.

    Seems the real danger with itunes is to the labels. If artists can submit and sell directly and be their own label then they get the money. No more need for record labels etc.

  • FredHaan

    Amen!

  • Cr44

    music of all types are more accessible because of Jobs, John Bon.

  • Stuart Otterson

    I think Mr Jovi is sadly complaining as an old man and is coming across as a little patronising to young people. If people want to buy full albums great, but if they want to only buy individual tracks than it’s their choice to make, just like it’s their choice if they decide to shuffle songs on random rather than listen to it as a piece of work. That’s freedom of choice and it’s not for any artist to dictate to a listener how they should treat music.

    The times have moved on, technology continues to give us freedom. Vinyls were great for their day but I prefer being able to easily choose which track I want to listen to now rather than having to spend time repositioning the needle.

    I’m sure Mr Jovi wouldn’t have appreciated his father telling him how he should experience music, so he should relax and let whatever will be, be.

  • Blay

    How many years have we been hearing this? First it was Napster then itunes? Move with technology Jon…its hear to stay stop crying and wasting time….maybe more time in the studio so that you can create a hit this decade.

  • CharliK

    The thing about iTunes is that an artist can choice to make their music ‘album only’ IF they feel it really is that important. So if you wrote the next “The Wall” you take that option. If not, then let folks buy by song or the whole thing

  • Luke Lefneski

    He just wishes he sold more albums… ^__^

  • Don Trenton

    well … these are the most comments I’ve seen on a COM post so I had to add my opinion.

    Bon Jovi had a ‘few’ good songs. Party songs that could crank up the mood. I went to his concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver about a year ago. Still fun. But dude – nobody gives a rats ass what you think about shit. Comprende?

    We’re just glad we don’t have to buy an entire album full of your shit to get the one good song. Sit down – shut the fuck up – and go count your money or something.

  • Kiowavt

    Was Bon Jovi trolling?

    Seriously, I loved albums and covers, but CDs killed that by size, and the $16,99 greedydriven list price (discounted at $12.99 –oh wow!!) killed my urge to buy anything. Along came Napster. Revolt against $16.99 began. Steve Jobs turned that back around, making at least a high percentage of music legally purchased. And, on iTunes, I find I discover added songs I love, or even whole albums worth having, when otherwise I would never have considered anything beyond one tempting song. More likely Steve Jobs saved the music industry from being only file sharing.

  • minimalist1969

    I’m 41 and hate it it when other middled aged people complain about “kids today”. Personally, I think there is a lot of great music being made today. You just have to know where to look for it (which is not that hard given the reach of the internet).

    Creativity doesn’t change… but people do. Unfortunately nostalgia for the past often blinds people from seeing the positive things about the present.

  • SavedByTechnology

    I thought it was Al Gore. Oh wait, that was something else ;)

  • Jeff.L

    He forgot to add “Stay off my lawn!”

  • Tony Martin

    I thought the ‘good old days’ was getting music for free on Napster. Damn that Steve Jobs!

  • pickme2

    Recently, I pre-ordered an album from an artist I like. So – she holds my money, sends me updates on the project and last week sent me a preview tune – in a different mix than will be on the final release. I feel way more engaged with music than I did when i waited for vinyl or CDs to show up at a mall somewhere.

    See my earlier comment – the music business killed the music business and everyone who works (or worked) in that industry knows it.

  • Waltershelburne

    Just like you said Jon, you are getting old. This is one of the best things that could of happened to the music business.

  • Juju

    JOn Bon douche bag is just mad cause now we have the chance to listen to all his bullshit filler and choose not to buy it instead of back in the magical days when we bought the whole lame album based on the cover and his flowing beautiful hair. What a douche bag!!!!

  • Garemo

    Hey Jon, Hate to be yet another example of how wrong you are but alas, were it not for Mr Jobs and iTunes, I may never have rediscovered your music. In college my roommate killed your “Slippery When Wet” CD to the point where I could not stomach it to listen to it anymore. 20 years later I am given the opportunity to download one tune at a time and have since repurchased many of your albums. As one who used to spend hours at The record store to flip through albums, I enjoy flipping through iTunes in the same way. Ironically I own a lot fewer complete albums today with only 1 good song.

  • synthmeister

    Yes, he should give all that money to help the ailing music business. He seems to feel sorry for it.

  • TashaG

    He’s an idiot. MP3 sharing killed the Music Industry. Apple just managed to figure a way to shore up and make money off of what is really a dead format.

  • Jim

    I guess the Bon Jovi limited edition iPod won’t be seen any time soon. Not to worry, Jon, maybe it’s not too late to get a Zune deal….ooooh.

    Never mind.

  • stu437

    it strikes me that what he is really saying is he misses the days when people bought music based on the person on the cover (good for him) rather than the quality of the music on the album (bad for him) and that he has noticed the pinch in his wallet since people started only buying his good songs rather than the full album price for 10 crap songs and one they want to listen to.

  • Mutis Mayfield

    The music no was killed by Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs said to Chuck Norris that the music was inmortal, until now.

    Bon Jovi was the cause.

  • Michael N.

    “Bon Jovi Says..”

    Stopped reading here!

  • javi

    pwoned Bon

  • munchkin

    he is talking about something else

  • Midniet

    lol .. Maybe no one likes 80s rock anymore ,that’s why kids are not choosing to look at his downloads. You are old Bungholie move on..and for the iPod ummm there was mp3 players that are way easier to put illegal music on. Called evolution we all evolve forward in life and technology …And music died in the 80s was bands like his that killed it

  • Rigogibson

    I think Jovi needs to sit his soccer mom’d hair-doo ass down and remember that there are 2 things that no one can stop: Tech & Taxes. If not for iTunes it’d be something else, and like others have said, Napster, Limewire, etc, etc. What a tool.

  • Michael Zampelli

    That’s why I closed Zed Records. I was getting the new releases over the net before the pre-release promos came out, and they were free.

  • Rodrigo

    hahahaha, you should make a video parody with this idea.

  • Large John

    i tunes is crap,Bon Jovi rock!!!!!

  • Dilbert A

    nailed it.

  • widemuzicvariety

    Actually, good music stands the test of time and captures all different age groups. This is true of many 80’s bands including the Police. There is some good music out there today, however, the rap crap and junk playing a lot of the time IS NOT A STEP FORWARD and much of it cannot even be considered music. Just because people change and tastes change, doesn’t mean that change is for the better. Bon Jovi deserves the fame and fortune he received and actually, his last tour in Boston was sold out.

  • Maryann

    I was really shocked the other day when I heard John’s unkind comment. Prior to this, I respected him and his reputation for good works and good music. Well let me tell John something. I live here in Silicon Valley and we all think Steve Jobs is a brilliant genious. He is one of our gifts from God and has made the world a better place; will have a legacy that is incomparable some day. What will be John’s; “Livin on a prayer,” “Wanted dead or alive?” I am one of those older people who, for years, got sucked into $15.99 albums with two hits and we all resented that! Is he going to blame anyone for the fact that most tours lose money today? Greed is bad and you never saw a hearse carrying a U-Haul. Ticket prices are atrocious and we don’t want to pay those prices for these musicians to live the high life. John, if you are so damn opinionated and smart, why don’t you come up with an idea to “bring the music business back to life?” In the meantime, stop whining!

  • Daddyrock

    Albums were never $15.99….
    Oh wait, they are now

  • Gthang91582

    This ignores the unexplained fact that vinyl sales have been dramatically increasing every year over the past decade. Mostly because people can now buy the vinyl (a physical artifact of the music) and then get a free digital download of the record.  It’s the best of both worlds

  • Monica della Torre

    Jon Bon Jovi is being the stupids.  LPs were already dead by the time iTunes was introduced.  Digital CDs, DVDs, generic MP3 Players, and MP3 Piracy were already well established before iTunes was introduced. 

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