The music industry is dying! That we know. But who's to blame? Shawn Fanning, the inventor of Napster? Countless millions of music downloaders? Soulja Boy? No! It's Steve Jobs. So says Jon Bon Jovi, a fellow whose songs I sometimes play in Rock Band. Here's what he told the the Sunday Times Magazine:
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.
Sure. OK. So you're taking a stand, right Mr. Bon Jovi? Withdrawing all your songs from the gaping maw of iTunes? I didn't think so. And I think we can all agree that the internet era has engendered plenty of magical musical moments of its own, thank you very much. Just ask Rebecca Black. [MSN]