TV pays tribute to Steve Jobs
October 12th, 2011
10:21 AM ET

TV pays tribute to Steve Jobs

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs revolutionized the way we consume pop culture, so it's fitting that his life's work will be remembered not only at the movies, but also on TV.

Jobs' work will be highlighted on the Discovery Channel with an hour-long special called, "iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World." Hosted by "MythBusters" team Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, the documentary will feature interviews with those whose lives and careers were impacted by Jobs.

From musicians Stevie Wonder and Pete Wentz to former Apple employees to media figures like Tom Brokaw and Billboard's Bill Werde, the interviews aim to honor and explore how their lives were changed by Jobs.

"Someone once said that to follow the path that others have laid before you is a very reasonable course of action, therefore all progress is made by unreasonable men," says "Mythbusters'" Savage in a statement from the network. "Steve Jobs was an unreasonable man. He didn't simply give the public what they wanted; he defined entirely new ways of thinking about our lives in the digital space."

To that end, MTV is also planning to air a musical tribute to Jobs during this month's O Music Awards 2.

The awards show celebrates the artists, innovators and fans that have impacted the digital music space. The network says the tribute will be performed by an "up-and-coming artist" and will include an "iconic song," but other details are slim. Other performers include Kelly Clarkson, The Band Perry, Demi Lovato, Mac Miller, Midi Mafia and DJ Diamond Kuts.

The event will be livestreamed on on October 31 beginning at 11:30 p.m. Discovery's "iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World" will air October 16 at 8 p.m. ET.

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  1. Bill

    Unbelievable. Dennis Ritchie, who Steve Jobs could not hold a candle to and without whom Apple probably wouldn't even exist, dies, and not one article about it on cnn. The world basically sucks.

    October 14, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tonelok

    Or how he saved Apple when Steve Jobs left. It's not really stealing if you own 40% of the company.

    October 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      uhm hate to burst your bubble but it was Bill Gates that saved Apple, and he is still alive

      October 14, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. enigma

    Too bad he died 😦 Great man R.I.P. – Internet Marketing & SEO Forum

    October 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nandhini V

    People everywhere pay tribute to Steve Jobs in their own way, by writing about him or quoting him. We at SocialNuggets compiled what people say about him on social media and came up with a tag cloud.

    Check out out tribute to Steve Jobs at

    October 13, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. frivbest

    Great man! You always live forever in our heart.

    October 13, 2011 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Brandt Hardin

    Visionaries like Steve Jobs reveal the true secret to the Universe in that nothing is impossible with time, perseverance, and positive visualization. Such a passion for furthering human communication inspires. His legacy will survive generations with names like Edison, Tesla as the greatest inventors and visionaries of all time. As an artist, I draw from these inspirations and advancements in my work and you may enjoy my recent portrait of Mr. Jobs, now In Memoriam at

    October 13, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Well if you want to ignore character and methods, you can add Hitler to your list of great Visionaries, in 10 years that he was in power we saw huge advancement in technology which led to technology, like jet aircraft, radar, space travel, the computer, synthetic fuels and oils, transportation, medicine, internet, and the list goes on, we'll just ignore the 30million that died because of him, because he was a true visionary that reshaped the world we live in. not someone creating a device that allows talking on the phone while downloading music at the same time.

      October 14, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. Aaron M.

    We will all miss Steve Jobs inovations, yet I beleive Apple will live up to Steve's expectations.

    October 13, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. But

    Every1 enjoys his products ! How did he get rich again ? Not from the dum ppl who buy his, o yes, his products.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DJ Ole Laidee

    😦 aww so sad!

    October 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kuwait

    I rather live a simple life than died greedy rich!

    I rather follow Christ's foot steps then follow fame, fortune, and money!

    October 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • kuwait

      Sorry for the typo (Than rather than THEN). I don't want to be like Steve

      October 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fish

      Then don't be like Steve. No one said you had to, but if you're a Christian then you know better than to judge...

      October 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • kuwait

      Sorry if my statement is judging (sorry to offend any one)!

      October 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cf

    I don't deny that Jobs was an innovator and visionary who made great contributions to technology and lifestyle, but these tributes are getting out of hand. People are starting to worship him like he was a god.

    October 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fish

    Can't wait to watch! For all the nay sayers on here that say negative things about Steve Jobs... What did you ever invent that had the impact Apple products did? What successful business did you start from scratch in your garage? Unless you're Bill Gates shut the F up.

    October 12, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • At the top...

      ...of my achievements is never running a business that's reliant on sweatshop labor.

      October 12, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      A shame that both were merely cogs compared to those who built the machine, ie Edison and Tesla, Gutenberg and Newton (amongst many, many others).

      October 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kiss

    All I can say is wow at some of these comments. Smh. A hot mess.

    October 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. othog

    He was a great man who made the world a better place. We will miss his genius.

    October 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve Jobs...

    ...was a belligerent a-hΓΈle whose products are made in suicide inducing sweatshops. Truly a great man.

    October 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig you can go bck to your cave, and please...dont come back out!!

      October 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • But...

      ...I like it out here in the sun, a thing Steves Chinese workers rarely see due to 15 hour days.

      October 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  16. MightyMoo

    I like how Fark worded things...

    "While Steve Jobs is getting nominated for sainthood the still-living Bill Gates and his wife saved 100,000 Indians from HIV."

    October 12, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • sanjay

      why save 100,000 indians? this makes the world a better pace how?

      October 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      Naturally. Consumerism (me) beats humanitarianism (them) every day of the week.

      October 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Human Being

    I have to say, there are some selfish pr*cks in here. I can't believe how selfish and inhumane some of the remarks have been. Regardless if Steve or not, the problem with America is that idiots like the ones displayed in here have no respect for life or common neighbour. If you ever get ill or suffer a personal tragedy, maybe then you'll learn to be respective of human life, of the dead, and of people in general.

    October 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      why should we treat him any differently than the way he treated people when he was alive, he was selfish and greedy person who rose through the ranks off the work of others, just so he could sit on a large stack of money, since he was a Buddhist I'd call his death karma.

      October 14, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  18. greeneyes

    Steve Jobs was a genius at what he did. That's a given! Why didn't people honor him when he was alive? Why now when he can't enjoy the appreciation? Same thing with anyone who needs appreciation. Honor your parents now, not at their funeral.

    October 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fish

      Oh Steve was honored when he was alive... Ask any Macintosh/Apple fan. He was almost a god.

      October 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  19. digital revolution

    so what your saying is you've never heard a hip hop song in mp3 format huh?

    October 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Joe

    Yet more hero worship advertized on CNN. Just how much do apple pay them to print this stuff?
    Jobs did not revolutionize anyone's lives. he made tools that a small percentage of the population sometimes uses. No more, no less

    October 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • mommmy

      Meanwhile, you've done nothing, ever. Go drink coolant and give some to your kids too, end your line for good.

      October 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • sst

      You clearly have no idea what you're talking about. Steve's creations have touched every portion of modern technology and computing. They were the basis for Windows. Anyone who uses any modern computer, anyone who's computer has a mouse or track pad, anyone using applications in any form, or anyone using incredible technological gadgets (iPod, iPhone, iPad and so on) are doing what they are doing because of his genius. I'm assuming you were able to use a computer to get on the Internet and spew your uneducated negativity?? Yeah, you can thank Steve Jobs for that.
      Hero worship... No way. Jobs deserves credit for the hard work he contributed in his lifetime. If you don't like it, don't read it.

      October 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Mama

      LOL. Things that were brought to mass market under Steve's watch: the PC, color graphics, on screen fonts, the mouse, GUI to replace text interfaces, laser printing, USB, touch screens, tablets, etc... You don't need to admit it, but no matter what device you are using right now, it and the generations of devices leading up to it would not have existed without Job's influence.

      October 12, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      Hero worship indeed 'sst'. Revising history already? Almost everything you've listed was developed by someone else originally. Apple Lisa came after Xerox and that had it's own basis. Mice reached their modern form when Jobs was a child. The internet? That was an international effort with the backbone going almost entirely to the Department to Defense. All the devices you've listed had already been developed and in use prior to Apple's take on them.

      Talk about ignorance, you don't even hear your own. Steve Jobs was a consummate businessman and had excellent vision but, and it's baffling that it needs to be said, this was not a solo effort. He would be a footnote without the efforts of those in other companies, independent researchers, and those working around him.

      October 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • sst

      @Lone – perhaps you should read my comment again – and just read the words this time – because it seems you are making assumptions about my statement that aren't there. By no means did I claim it was a solo effort or that Apple has been completely original in their inventions. I said his "genius" (I'm sorry that I didn't define it for you) was what brought these things to the greater market of users. No where in my statement did I say that he invented anything or created everything. He took a lot of previously unknown technology and made it diverse enough for average people to use and in that way he has had a huge part in everything that we use today. Hence, his genius.
      I also never claimed that he had anything to do with the Internet. My statement was actually that the original poster must have used some kind of technological device to get on the Internet and leave his negative comment and Jobs' had influence on whatever device it was that he used.
      What is baffling is your arrogance in forcing your assumptions on other people's thoughts.

      October 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tonelok

      So you have never used iTunes or an iPod? How about an iPhone? Have you ever used a mouse to move the courser on your computer? Your right, those are pretty small reaching devices and programs. He made computers practical and virtually created digital music and storage. It has gone on for a while all this worship of him, but do not deny what he has done for technology in your daily life.

      October 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tonelok

      The mouse was created in 1960? At least that's what you implied when you said the idea had been in use since he was a child. Did you ever use a computer before windows or appleII? Good lord you are silly. The first commercial computers with mice came out as a result of him and Wozniak.

      October 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  21. cartman

    He was a hero. Plus way to young to go.

    October 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  22. John

    Obama's Jobs bill was named after him.

    October 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Thenextstep

    I guess we are gonna have to endure the same crap when Bill Gates passes on.

    October 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Yes, except those stories will be about how he stole all his ideas directly from Steve Jobs.

      October 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  24. I heard

    He was standing at the pearly gates and could not find his name in the book. They kept searching, turning page after page, could not find it. While searching steve told him that he had a app for that ! Hope they found it and let him in ! Lmao

    October 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  25. ray ray

    Beyonce is a much bettuh singa. I dont remember no hip hop songs he put out.

    October 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Andre the Giant

    Think different.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  27. Ellis Godard

    No date or time for the iGenius airing?

    October 12, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jymbeau

      From the Article:

      "The event will be livestreamed on on October 31 beginning at 11:30 p.m. Discovery's "iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World" will air October 16 at 8 p.m. ET." πŸ™‚

      October 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steamr

      It was at the end of the article – October 16 at 8 p.m. ET. on DISCOVERY channel πŸ˜‰

      October 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Playin with my weezer

    I heard he was buried in a giant i-pad.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      October 12, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • the real john

      george.. it wasnt really that funny.. my goodness. you need to get out more often

      October 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  29. jimmy

    blaaaah. who cares.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Millions

      Millions care

      October 12, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • TheMovieFan

      There needs to be an "Unlike" link.

      October 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Newyorker

      Go back to your blue screen of death, Microsofty.

      October 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • I'm with Jimmy...

      ...and couldn't care less about Steves passing. Ill be sad for the families of the Foxconn suicides.

      October 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Newyorker

      Is it Apple's fault that some FoxConn employees are suicidal? FoxConn can just change its hiring practices and not employ suicidal people.

      October 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott from NH

      The Foxconn factory has 1 million people, which gives it a larger population than Boston. Their suicide rate is actually lower than the average Chinese town. If you want to feel sorry, feel sorry for all the Foxconn employees in China who will lose their jobs when they move all the iPhone production to Brazil.

      October 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |

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