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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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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.


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
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
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
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

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
$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.

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