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Jon Bon Jovi says iTunes is a prison and he can't break free. He says that the music business has been shot to the heart and Apple CEO Steve Jobs is to blame.
Rock superstar says Steve Jobs is killing music with iTunes

Apple, Inc., owner of the world's largest online music store, today yields tremendous power in the music business and is able to make or break musicians.  Even major record labels who are used to abusing customers and musicians alike find themselves victims of the power of iTunes.  Apple can essentially name its own terms, and refusing to comply is essentially business suicide, given the amount of revenue that iTunes generates.

That situation is very bad news according to rock legend Jon Bon Jovi.  The front man for the iconic 80s group Bon Jovi, he says that Steve Jobs promises musicians heaven, but puts them through hell.  

He says that because of Apple, independent music stores are going out of business.  He says record storeowners should hold on to what they've got -- it doesn't make a difference if they make it or not.  But he admits there's likely no one to save them, the damage is done.

In his interview with The Sunday Times, a British newspaper, Mr. Bon Jovi states, "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."

Now such stores are living on a prayer, thanks to Steve Jobs.  He comments, "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."

Mr. Bon Jovi has always prided himself on doing things his way.  But Steve Jobs is making it hard for him to live while he's alive.  

On the other hand, iTunes has made superstars out of some obscure independent artists, even as big time artists like Bon Jovi and brick and mortar stores find themselves down on their luck.  In other words, Apple offers artists great visibility, but is merciless in its pricing demands.

Ultimately, the industry might be halfway there to bucking the Apple beast.  Google is reportedly preparing to launch a major streaming music service.  That could mean an end to the era of Apple being able to list its demands to the music industry.

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Worst piece of drivel ever on DT?
By jeremypeake on 3/14/2011 9:49:26 PM , Rating: -1
Maybe it was clever in the headline. By the third reference, it was annoying. I found myself reading the entire article just to have someone to hate. That you for wasting 5 minutes of my life

RE: Worst piece of drivel ever on DT?
By Warwulf on 3/15/11, Rating: -1
RE: Worst piece of drivel ever on DT?
By Natfly on 3/15/11, Rating: -1
RE: Worst piece of drivel ever on DT?
By morphologia on 3/15/2011 3:28:36 PM , Rating: 3
Personally I like the puns, very tongue-in-cheek. And others might admit to doing so, too, if there wasn't so much unjustified personal dislike of Jason Mick on this forum. Seriously...did Mullah Jobs issue a Fatwa against him or something??

Too may of you seem to think that you are the next Walter Cronkite or Barbara Walters, and that your opinion of journalistic professionalism matters in the slightest, but you are wrong.

If you really cared about stale, frumpy journalistic tactics over entertainment value, you wouldn't get your news here. You'd go to some boring, stale, uninteresting site like Fox News, and waste your inane venom on their articles.

RE: Worst piece of drivel ever on DT?
By bennyg on 3/15/2011 11:25:16 PM , Rating: 2
The puns were great. I wouldn't have read it without the title that's for sure. In reality I don't really care whether I know drugtarded senile ex-rockstars think.

As for "celebrity journalism"... I don't care who writes something, I don't even look at by-lines. I don't care who Mick Jason is. I read content and decide for myself and keep an open mind whether it sounds like ranty drivel or something to file away in the back of the brain.

I just think all the references were missed by the kiddies who wouldn't know one mullets from another.

By morphologia on 3/16/2011 3:30:36 PM , Rating: 2
Bon Jovi didn't have a mullet back in the day. He had girly hair. There's a difference. :p

RE: Worst piece of drivel ever on DT?
By mindless1 on 3/16/2011 1:12:15 AM , Rating: 1
I wouldn't call it worst ever, but yes it was annoying and unoriginal after the 2nd or 3rd time.

RE: Worst piece of drivel ever on DT?
By morphologia on 3/16/2011 3:29:14 PM , Rating: 2
What is "original?" Nowadays you'd have to invent your own language and culture from scratch to do something truly "original." Calling something unoriginal is a waste of time and effort. Better to judge the cheese factor in terms of degrees, rather than whether you've heard it before.

I just think this comment forum (like all such) is infested with Comic Book Guy types. "Worst...demographic...ever."

By mindless1 on 3/18/2011 8:34:11 PM , Rating: 2
original is doing it the first time, not the 2nd or 3rd... that's kinda what original means???

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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