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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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More like shot in the wallet!
By MeesterNid on 3/14/2011 10:09:02 PM , Rating: 5
Gotta love the, "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."

So he's whining that people are actually able to listen to what's on an album and chose only the "good" stuff (or what they perceive to be good) instead of buying it blind and getting all the filler crap along with 2 good songs?

Booooohoooooo, so sad!




RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By maverick85wd on 3/14/2011 11:17:48 PM , Rating: 1
I know, right? He sounds like a record company executive. You would think they were paying him to say this stuff or something, but he's getting old and senile, so maybe not.

While I disagree with that part, I do still think it's ridiculous to pay a dollar for a low quality MP3 file with DRM. THAT is what I thought he was going to be talking about.

Dear record companies : Let me buy lossless tracks with complete ID3 tags and maybe an album picture for $.05 a go and I'd easily spend $5/week. I'm almost glad you don't, because then I'd be broke. But if you want people to quit sharing/stealing/whatever your content, that's what it's going to take. I thought it was crazy to pay $15 or $20 a CD in the late 90's and I think it's even more insane now.

/rant


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By maverick85wd on 3/14/2011 11:18:39 PM , Rating: 2
just to clarify, I disagree with Bon Jovi, not you.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By maverick85wd on 3/14/11, Rating: -1
By Shadowmaster625 on 3/15/2011 8:45:57 AM , Rating: 2
Careful what you wish for. Every time a site makes that sort of change, it becomes annoyingly slow. Then we just end up not even posting anything.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By dubldwn on 3/15/2011 12:02:01 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
While I disagree with that part, I do still think it's ridiculous to pay a dollar for a low quality MP3 file with DRM

It's not. It's 256kbps AAC without DRM.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By B3an on 3/15/2011 7:36:13 AM , Rating: 2
256kbps AAC isn't that great, and it's still lossy compression. It's better than MP3 at the same bitrate though, but that isn't saying much.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By mindless1 on 3/16/2011 1:07:36 AM , Rating: 2
True it isn't, because nobody can double blind pick either of them (so long as the MP3 is VBR) from the uncompressed original.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By BladeVenom on 3/15/2011 7:36:15 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
turning it up to 10

I turn mine up to 11.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By psaus42 on 3/15/2011 9:28:15 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
I turn mine up to 11.


Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?

[pause] These go to eleven


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By formulav8 on 3/15/2011 12:07:02 PM , Rating: 2
Thats Spinal Tap right?


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By Azethoth on 3/15/2011 10:36:39 PM , Rating: 4
No, This is Spinal Tap


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By SunTzu on 3/19/2011 4:33:39 AM , Rating: 2
This man truly deserves a 6 for this ingenious comment!


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By cfaalm on 3/15/2011 6:49:33 PM , Rating: 2
+1


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By cochy on 3/15/2011 9:57:29 AM , Rating: 1
lol while the greed of the record labels is mind boggling, I think $0.05 a track is equally crazy. $1 is reasonable imo.

When record labels and movie studios say that can't run a business if they give their content away at such low prices, maybe they shouldn't pay actors and musicians millions of dollars. On a $30 million movie, probably 20% of that goes to the A-list actors. Who says George Clooney needs to make $5 million for starring in a movie? That's crazy. Pay him $100,000 for his time and presto there's your profit again. If he doesn't want to work for reasonable pay because he won't be able to afford his dozen super cars well screw him, don't screw us.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By Stuka on 3/15/2011 3:41:52 PM , Rating: 2
I would agree. When they offer the convenience of buying songs track by track, $1 a piece is reasonable. What I would like to see more often is complete albums that aren't $1 per track. A 15 track album should be $1 each, or $7.50-$10 for the album. My personal rule is if I like at least three track previews, I buy the whole thing 'cos the rest may grow on me. I absolutely don't buy complete albums that are $1 per track.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By cfaalm on 3/15/2011 7:03:54 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
$1 is reasonable imo.
For a lossy format? No way.

It doesn't have to be studio quality (24bit/96KHz or even 192KHz) because lossless would be just that when it's a modern recording. This is our chance to ditch the CD-format (16b/44.1KHz) and go with 24b/48KHz. Lossy for the sake of portability is OK, but I'll decide the bitrate myself.

On the article: how many referenced to or quotations of Bon Jovi lyrics can be put into one article? You're nowhere close to the limit.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By Alexvrb on 3/16/2011 12:56:46 AM , Rating: 3
$5/week and you'd be broke? 5 cent songs, lossless to boot? You're making Bon Jovi's remarks look downright sensible by comparison.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By bety on 3/15/2011 12:07:50 AM , Rating: 3
Yes...the "magic" of buying something you can only imagine and may actually be crap! It is indeed terrible knowing what you are buying!

I'm really glad Jon's music is better than his reasoning.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By icrf on 3/15/2011 1:36:36 AM , Rating: 5
Not all music is so manufactured. Some artists really do create albums meant to be listened as a whole, not two marketable songs that the label demands they fill out to make more coin. I think that's the real casualty in all this.

And to his point, knowing what you're buying isn't necessarily wrong, it's just that people make judgments based on 20 second random samples and buy each track individually. Without the context of the rest of the album, a snippet may not be a fair representation.

I absolutely see where he's coming from. The problem is the album as an art form was abused by music as a business and created the problem that iTunes fixed.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By Aloonatic on 3/15/2011 5:23:56 AM , Rating: 4
I quite agree. The album making art is a dying one. The music industry would have been better off somehow differentiating more clearly between it's junk food* like acts who are just on the tread mill, to be abused and milked until they are dumped in the nearest night club, singing their greatest hits when their hair style is no longer cool. And those who are in it to produce an album to get a message over which will take a lot more investment in time from the consumer, slowly growing in popularity.

Sadly, the industry keeps on trying to make out that every second of music that they produce is written on parchment hand rolled on the thighs of virgins, performed by skilled artisans, so they should all be paid top dollar to protect the artists "investment". Whereas the reality is that the majority of music (as seen on all the "talent" shows) is nothing that vast swathes of the population could not reproduce, and they only sing the stuff that they are told to sing, written by music-tron 2000, or some bloke with a dodgy come-over who really shouldn't be writing about how much he loves his new high school sweet heart, and mean it.

*I have nothing against junk food, but everything in moderation, I enjoy indulge in it from time to time, I'm just not going to pay Michelin start prices for it.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By torpor on 3/15/2011 10:07:52 AM , Rating: 3
True, there are albums created out there to be single pieces of art. And Jon Bon Jovi is one of the best. He's avoided the commercial temptation of rolling out singles that teenagers will throw their allowance money at and been true to the craft.

When I think of the total work of artistry that is, for example, Slippery When Wet, I think of how I used to be impressed with Dark Side of the Moon. Now I've lost all respect for Pink Floyd; they need to study what this man did. There wasn't a single hit single on SWW, it succeeded on the strength of the whole as a rock Magnum Opus.

Oh, wait....


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By maven81 on 3/15/2011 1:32:03 PM , Rating: 2
You do realize they sued to be able to sell their music only in album form exactly because they did not want to chop it up right?


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By maven81 on 3/15/2011 1:33:26 PM , Rating: 2
Nevermind, I see what you did there ;)


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By theapparition on 3/15/2011 10:24:09 AM , Rating: 2
Just wanted to second that opinion.

I can name numerous albums with tracks that taken individually are completely lost without the other works. Gone is the art of listening to a whole album, where some songs that may not be radio friendly super hits would never be heard otherwise.

Now, it's either a megahit iTunes download or is quickly forgotten by the newest generation.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By rennya on 3/15/2011 10:15:26 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty damn sure none is produced by Bon Jovi though.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By dgingeri on 3/15/2011 11:44:23 AM , Rating: 2
I definitely agree with this. I know it's not regular in the pop/r&b world, but in the country world, the whole album is more likely to fit together into one big performance. Taylor Swift, Rascal Flats, Trace Adkins, Shedaisy, and Garth Brooks have all done albums like that. When I buy country these days, I'm more likely to buy the CD and rip it to mp3, but when I buy pop/rock/r&b, I tend to buy just one song at a time in mp3 format. pop/rock/r&b seem to artificial lately.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By Maiyr on 3/15/2011 12:02:37 PM , Rating: 2
agreed ! Can you imagine listening to a snippet of Dark Side of the Moon. You would think it was utter crap. Only listening to the whole album shows its genius.

Maiyr


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By Azethoth on 3/15/2011 10:43:38 PM , Rating: 2
I like "Money" but it does not belong on the dark side of the moon. Complete failure of the vision.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By kleinma on 3/15/2011 10:52:44 AM , Rating: 3
Except people will just buy the one or 2 songs that made their way onto the radio and not bother to even listen to the rest of the album for good tracks. This really does turn it into "whatever everyone else likes is what I like". I have countless times found awesome tracks on albums by listening to the whole thing versus just a single track that is being played to death on the radio/tv. I sometimes HATE the songs that are "popular" which in turn makes me dislike the artist until I hear some other songs they did that are not popular and I love some of them. Yes there are plenty of albums out there with filler, but there are also other albums that are meant to be listen to as an album, and those are suffering now.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By TSS on 3/15/2011 11:37:33 AM , Rating: 2
Until everybody's figured out most of those songs can also be found on youtube in their entirety.

Not all of course. But if any musician is smart he'll put them up on youtube himself, so there's control over the quality. More publicity more fans and probably more oppertunity for concerts which'll then rake in the money.

There was a time before we could carry music around, and we paid the musicians for their efforts. Today, where able to download just about any song i wish in better quality then the musician can even sing (thanks to computers and mixing several samples) in less then a second. Hell today if you want you can even download the video and see him. Value comes from scarcity, and music isn't scarce anymore by a long shot, so music in itself has no (material) value.

Seeing a good artist perform is still very scarce.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By 91TTZ on 3/15/2011 11:24:30 AM , Rating: 2
You have a point that nowadays you can buy only what you want, which is a good thing.

But Bon Jovi does have a point about the entire experience being much less than what it once was. It's hard to describe but the experience of going to music stores, looking at album covers, and listening to music was much, much better than it is now with everything dumbed down and reduced to a commodity.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By Arsynic on 3/15/2011 1:01:13 PM , Rating: 2
...will have to stop releasing "crap sandwich" albums with like four or five great songs and crap in between. They can no longer justify charging $20 for 14 songs 10 of which are mediocre to crap, some pretty artwork and a cheap plastic case that I can buy for $1 a piece at Staples.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By Hiawa23 on 3/15/2011 7:11:32 PM , Rating: 2
He is whining cause now we consumers can listen to music before buying or can choose to buy a track if the whole album is not worthy. I usually buy my music on Amazon & I love the fact that I can listen before buying instead of just blindly buying a cd & hoping it's good. He should have made enough money to live the rest of life on, if he hasn't find another profession.


RE: More like shot in the wallet!
By Rasterman on 3/15/2011 8:16:30 PM , Rating: 2
LOL no kidding, totally agree


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