Jon Bon Jovi: Steve Jobs is killing the music business
March 15th, 2011
11:55 AM ET

Jon Bon Jovi: Steve Jobs is killing the music business

Don't expect to see Jon Bon Jovi rocking out with an iPod — the singer claims digital downloads are destroying the music industry.

"Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business," he says of the Apple co-founder in an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine.

The Bon Jovi frontman believes that music fans nowadays are missing out on the fun of actually going into a record store and picking a disc based on album art and just a few previously heard tunes.

“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," he reflects. There was also "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.”

Bon Jovi admits that his views may sound a bit dramatic, but he believes other music lovers will eventually feel equally nostalgic.

“I hate to sound like an old man now, but I am," he says, "and you mark my words, in a generation from now people are going to say: 'What happened?'"

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  6. GM

    There are too many facets to the whole crappy industry then just simplification such as Jon has put it. Unfortunately the major record labels started the downfall, and are the majority blame for the demise of not only the industry as a whole, but of what kids today think is talent and artistry. Artistry became back burner the moment greed took over and sharks ran the major labels and the artists under them. They realized that true artists are not necessarily needed in order to make serious money. Just look at the artists today that fill the billboards. How many of them actually write any of the music they "perform"? How many of them can truly sing without the use of auto-tune or vocal tracks playing during live performances? How many of them can play instruments, arrange them and then produce their own products? Very, very few, and not because they aren't out there, just because it's much easier, cheaper, and rewards greed with larger returns when labels simply pull in some marketable face (Britney Spears and Rihanna are great examples of this,) get a team of already-on-the-books writers to write the fluff, meaningless tracks, a bunch of session players to play the instruments, producers to clean it up and make it sound hip, and then throw the marketing cash at it to force it to number one. Kids today are truly missing out on quality and meaningful music but it's not Steve Jobs' fault. He was simply smart enough to cash in on the fact that most music coming out of labels is crap so make money off the one or two good tracks. If you want quality music that can have an impact on your life then you have to seek it out. If you want fluff, well there's plenty to go around. Kids today have no clue because they are being force-fed via radio and other mediums the songs that the labels with the $$ payola to the top, and are constantly told what to like and how to like it.
    Real artistry suffers and will until those controlling the industry are replaced by true artists with musical intentions. IMHO.

    March 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wolff

    Cry baby cry! Keep on living in the past, singing your old songs, and putting millions in your bank account.
    I never listened to you or your music anyway, thought you were a bunch of pansies, dressed up like rock stars.
    The music I listen to is current, not decades old, and if I like it I never buy it.
    Steve Jobs is the reason music is still popular today, iTunes changed that with digital downloads.
    Now, go back home to your mansion with your milk and cookies. The rest of us who actually have to work for a living everyday to survive, will keep spending our money we manage to save on useful things.

    March 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jimmyP

    I've actually discovered a ton of great music BECAUSE of iTunes.

    March 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. OldGoat58

    If Mr. Bon Jovi truly believes that "Apple", "iTunes" and "Steve Jobs" is killing the music industry why doesn't he remove the 25 albums he currently has listed on iTunes? Just how much money is enough Mr. Bon Jovi? I'm older than you and I love the new electronic age. It takes less work for me to dust of my external hard drive and wipe the finger prints off the screen of my iPod than it did to maintain the listening quality of my vinyl albums and even my CD's. Of course if I was a megalomaniac like Mr. Bon Jovi maybe I'd have the same feeling. Rather than resisting change it is better, in MY OPINION, to try to embrace it and set the example for generations to come.

    March 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RPD

    JBJ is so right. That's how we used to "entertain" ourselves - asking our parents for our allowance (after we did all our homework and chores, of course), meeting our friends, and WALKING to the record store, with our fingers crossed that our favorite single or album was in stock. I-Tunes succeeds because it's just another example of this "instant gratification" generation - they want everything, they want it now .; . . so, so sad. They have NO idea what they're missing out on.

    March 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    The record industry has always controlled what everyone listens too and they control how we buy music. I agree to a point about what Bon Jovi is saying, but it would be better to have both worlds…Down loads and albums. Albums were magical and yes you could sit and look at one for hours while you listened to the music. But I also don’t agree about buying something I have never heard. A lot of artists would fill their album up with crap and only have one good song. You were forced into buy the entire thing when all you want is that one song. Bring back the album and keep the down loads. I love both even though I don’t down load much of anything.

    March 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Stacy

    Jon Bon Jovi is absolutely RIGHT. I must be getting old too, because I was one of those kids that did save my money to buy the cassette and lock myself in my room and listen over and over again.

    March 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RedDog66

    Whine.... Whine..... Whine. Aren't you making enuf Bon Jovi? He reminds me of an artist called Fabian from the early 1960's..... sachirine music lacking in creativity with almost no prospect for any longevity. He'll have maybe one song that will survive over the next ten years, again much like Fabian or zillions of others who got too much caught up in their own press releases when the teeny boppers were buying their concert tickets. I have spent only about 100 times more money on music purchases with iTunes than I ever did over a similar period of time with CDs, vinyl, etc. And I have very few "dogs" in my music library at iTunes as opposed to the nine dogs for every good song when we had no choice but to buy the whole album. How arrogant that he chooses to attack Apple and Steve Jobs who have brought true innovation and a opportunity for consumers to buy only what they want to the business. BJ is a first-class whinner.

    March 18, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Pliny

    Steve Jobs didn't kill the music industry.

    The *CRAP* that passes for music today is what killed it.

    Who's gonna remember Lady Gaga 40 years from now?

    40 years ago, it was Marvin Gaye/What's Going On, Led Zepplin/Zepplin 4 and Carol King/Tapestry.

    Name one album from the last 10 years that even APPROACHES any of the those.

    Face it kiddies....your music is CRAP. All you can do is to sample MY music.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Aaron Moore

    Loved Bon Jovi growing up. Slippery When Wet was the first cassette I bought with my own money when I was 10. But seriously, John? We should buy a record based on a song or two and the album art? Really? Following that logic would have prevented me from ever buying a Bon Jovi album. You, Tony Bennett, and Mick Jagger need to retire already.

    March 17, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  16. bluedogboy

    I love my ipod and itunes. However, I have to admit I miss going to record stores.

    Bon Jovi has made one good album..."Slippery When Wet", and that was 25 years ago. He is irrelevant.

    March 17, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  17. rfmdevil73

    I kind of agree with Bon Jovi, but also we need to change with the times. I don't think record stores will be extinct, but hopefully have MP3 stations to have people go there & flexibility of buying the song(s) or album(s) they want. Maybe they already exist, it's been a long time since I've been to a record store. I don't believe Steve Jobs is the blame, maybe partly. I believe the RIAA actions towards MP3s holds most of the blame. Ever since that started, online websites like playlist, grooveshark & youtube have become my outlets for listening to what I want when I want.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  18. Bonjolie

    I completely agree with Jon Bon Jovi. I miss holding that album in my hand, or reading along with the liner notes. The days of the true singer/songwriter seem to be a thing of the past. Now almost anyone can be auto-tuned to sound like a rock star. We're in the age of instant gratification. There's no such thing as waiting to go to the store to get that's kinda sad. I don't think Mr. Jobs is the problem, but more of an oppourtunist who seized upon an idea and has made a ton of money off of it.

    March 17, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  19. Timo Guitar God

    Bon Jovi is a moron and hypocrite.

    The "headphone" music he is referring to is Springsten, Floyd, Beatles, etc., not Bon Jovi music.
    Bon Jovi was at the forefront of the MTV music video days. At that point, music was made to LOOK good, not sound good.

    "Video killed the radio star"

    Bon Jovi is the problem, not Steve Jobs.

    March 17, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  20. ScottB

    American Idol has killed the music business more than anything or anybody.

    March 17, 2011 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  21. Steve

    Mark my words Jon...a generation from now kids will be wondering how the hell you sold any albums, digital or otherwise.

    March 16, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • DM

      Hey Steve, I've already been asking that very question for at least 20 years now. 🙂

      March 17, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  22. Alex

    I agree with Bon Jovi but I don't blame Steve Jobs alone. He is just moving along with technology. I'm from the era of album and 45 buying. I enjoyed flipping through the bins at the stores and flea markets. It took me awhile to embrace CDs but I made it to the 21st century. I will always buy the LPs and CDs because that is what I enjoy. I like the cover art, the song breakdown, lyrics and the musicians who played on the tracks. I hope this will never end just because there are those who do not go any further with their music then the song.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Frank Mondana

    Jobs does not need another ego stroking. He did not come up with the MP3 format. He simply turned it into a business model. Lets not forget that he originally called for draconian DRM and you could only play those buck each files on Apple hardware.

    Otherwise I think digital distro is great. I did have some great times shopping for vinyl (I'm 45, not yet old enough to yell at people to get off my lawn), putting on my headphones, and, ahem, preparing to listen using assorted methods, then blasting the album over and over. Good times.
    I also remember paying 10-15 bucks for crap just because the album art was cool and 1 track was good. This was the most common occurrence. Being able to hear all the tracks before purchase is the best thing that happened in music.

    March 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Di

    Jon, Napster and Limewire killed the music industry. Jobs monetized digital downloads to motivate people into buying rather than stealing you music. You should be grateful to him. True, we don't buy albums anymore, which means that I only buy the music that is deserving of my money. If you cut 12 great tracks, them I'm going to buy each and every one. If you only write a good one, well, then I'll only buy that one. Furthermore, digital downloading is green. No plastic, no paper. Get with the times.

    March 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Brian

    Finally the consumer is ahead by not having buy an CD that only one song is worth listening to. It is great that these musician are not making the outrageous amount of money. I try not to buy buy music and go to the movies because I am not going to spend my hard earned money on entertainers who are living a grand lifestyle. Why should I make them rich

    March 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank Mondana

      So, a person is not allowed to get rich? Or only rich to a certain degree?
      What if someone said your job was only worth $15K/year because that's what they "feel" it's worth?
      Does your philosophy extend to everything? I guess that waiter should only make $5/hour rather than 10.
      You are an idiot. Some musician who's spent years learning something and busted their butts are not allowed to be rich right? Well then Doctors don't need to be rich, or engineers.
      If you don't like this musician, fine. I'm not a big fan either but to say that you don't want to make someone "rich" is shallow and stupid.

      I'll bet If you did go to college, it was probably something like medieval art and you're angry that you can't make 200K/year and a corner office right out of school. Nobody made you rich right?

      March 16, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Kevin

    He is only thinking about making money. He is losing out on making money which is the way it should be, The consumer should not have to spend money to make these no talent people in show business rich

    March 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Larry "O"

    I'm the same age as you Jon and I've purchased more music since iTunes was developed than I ever did. And to agree with some of the other comments on here: PUT A AN ALBUM WITH MORE THAN 1 HIT AND I MAY BUY IT!!!. Praise to Steve Jobs!!!!

    March 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  28. John Gaunt

    Actually, Mr. Jon Bon Jovi has it confused on how the Music industry, as he says, is going down hill. Steve Jobs Company has helped many people gain access to music that has not been able to in the past. There is a stigma shopping for CD's and those small unreadable inserts with tiny pictures. Lets look at some history for a change; remember when the buzzword was to cut a new album, now its listen to my new CD. When we use to buy albums the covers were great, filled with more information concerning the band and more pictures. Sure, some people say they are large and bulky. I bet if you pick up an old album, today you would feel excited to open the cover and read about the band. There is just that special appearance and feel of the old album cover. Now in today’s world going to the music store and picking up a CD is not like the world of music or how it should be. A good solution for the music industry to make this more enjoyable once again would be to bring the album back into production. Proper design would include the album cover, information, and pictures. A design to incorporate the CD within the album cover, jewel case in the back. The concept would give both worlds of shopping for music a boost. The Online customer would have the option to order the CD and or the cover as a package. Download the CD and have the album cover shipped. The music stores would carry the set. The convenience of the CDs size is there and the album cover is on the shelf at home for viewing and reading. We all have adjusted to the technology in music, from 45 records, Albums to eight track tapes, cassette tapes, reel-to-reel tapes and CD’s. This might be a time to bring back some zing to the industry.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  29. nothing but the truth

    I'm surprised that CNN would get their info from contactmusic rather than going to the source for the article. Get the quote correct and stop taking statements out of context. He's NOT saying that's the way it is now. He's saying that could be what some would say when people of the next generation ask what happen to the music business.

    "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."

    March 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  30. JC

    He is ridiculous. I absolutely HATED going into music stores and not being able to sample an album and having to spend a ridiculous amount of money for a CD which may have contained 2-3 good songs and 10 crap songs. I wasted so much money being junk b/c of 1-2 singles I liked. The experience got a a little better once I found a used CD store that let you listen to music before you could buy it. That being said I don't buy singles, I only buy albums online, but I buy a lot more now that I actually know what I am getting before hand. I may still buy actual CDs if I want a really high quality but with almost no exception am I going to go out and pay $20 for it. The music consumer finally has some control and this just means musicians need to work harder and produce better music to earn their money, because I will definitely spend my money on good work, and I won't steal it.

    March 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Big Girl 1025

    He is right about savoring the experience but that was killed when they came out with a six inch silver disk in a hard plastic case. I loved buying records in the old days! I love the convenience of iTunes BECAUSE I'm an "old woman" who doesn't want to go to a retail store run by bored, musically ignorant twenty something selling Bieber/Jonas pap.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  32. Custard Cowboy

    "Im a Cowboy
    on a jimdawg I ride
    I want it
    man Custard Pie."

    March 16, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  33. Bustin Jieber

    Bon Jovi: you give rock a bad name. Only you could pose as a vampire hunter with a surfboard in your jeep in the middle of the freekin' DESERT!

    March 16, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  34. SBV

    Most of the people that disagree with Jon are people who are either a) not in the music business, or b) if they are, they are trying to make money by charging fans other ways – ie. extortionate meet & greet prices. Even small unsigned bands are selling meet & greet packages to try and make money. I can see both sides – I know what it's like not having money to buy everything you want, so you can't afford loads of CDs, but also I love full CDs with their packaging that you can hold in your hands and dislike downloads. Before you have a dig at Jon, how about you try and make your own product and then sell it?

    March 16, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  35. Jack Cornhole

    The way he has those lips "pursed" in the pic he can forget music and go work the street corners polishing knobs.

    March 16, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  36. Album Buyer

    No question that the music business is changing and the days of buying albums is probably gone forever. I did sometimes find when I bought an album that I quickly got tired of the hit song that pushed me to buy the album and found other songs that I found myself liking a lot more. With the single song purchase you don't have the opportunity to find those other songs. There is no holding back or turning back technology. I suspect this would have happened regardless, but the $20 CD hastened the move to downloading songs illegally and ultimately buying individual songs. I think the record companies have to accept a lot of the blame in their need for greed.

    March 16, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  37. Justin Bieber

    Ha Ha Ha Ha I'm more popular than you Jon Bon Oldvi. Steve Jobs might give your tired ol wore out butt a job if you kiss it...

    March 16, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  38. Music Lover

    Edward; you are so right! I'm just frustrated that the popular music industry keeps pumping out crap when people deserve better:

    March 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  39. D

    Bon Jovi, it's MY life...I downloaded all your hits illegally off the internet onto my ipod...didn't pay a single penny for it!

    March 15, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Edward

    I think that those that really care about music aren't missing out at all. Those of us that still buy records on vinyl, still purchase CDs and check out local bands are the only kind of people that loved music enough to get totally lost in it and most still do that. The only people that are "missing out" are those that support the commodity that pop music has become and they aren't actually missing out since they don't care anyway.

    March 15, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Music Lover

    I miss the album art and having something to get visually lost in while filling my ears with an entire album, the art on CD's is too small, and where is the album cover on a download?

    March 15, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Music Lover

    The Grateful Dead opened up my appreciation for ALL kinds of music. They went around the record industry by letting fans tape and trade bootlegs.

    March 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Rene

    Oh please.... quit crying Jon Bon Bon! Digital downloads give the artists out there, WHO DONT HAVE A CONTRACT, a chance to get their music into the listeners hands.

    March 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Bill

    Come on, most of today's "music" is crap! In addition, as most who comment on this article believe: Today's current crop of “artists” isn’t that great. Their musical abilities are horrible. Radio was bad when I was a kid and it still is today. I must admit, I never understood Jon's success, but I am sure if his music can be downloaded on iTunes, he is not refusing those checks. For the artists that I know and like, I still buy the physical CD. (In addition, most stores have a great selection of LPs located right next to the CDs, if that suits your needs.) Times change, but who wants to pay $20 for one song. Maybe Jon should lend his skills to a new artist. Without the ability to download, I would have missed out on the bands I really want to check out. In addition, what do you do with a couple hundred CDs with only one song you want to listen to?

    March 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  45. roderick

    bon jovi has always produced sub-par music. the only fans still loyal to the "Boss wannabe" are middle aged caucasian women and gays. who was buying his crap in the 80s and 90s? who would download it now? i have enjoyed not having to spend 20 dollars on 1 or two good singles, whilst the rest of an ablum is trash filler. Thank Rhapsody, Itunes, and Napster (coff coff Kazaa, Limewire, Emule too! coff coff) older artists should embrace the tech Mr. Jobs and Apple has produced, or risk becoming as obsolete and orally idiotic like Mr. Bon Jovi.

    March 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Holly Moore

    Jon has some good points – AND he and his band are as good if not better than Springsteen. There is an experience we are missing with everything going digital. It's the same with books. There is something to be said for holding it in your hands and turning the pages rather than using a Kindle or whatever. Oh, and I'm 43, own an iPod, and I use iTunes alot.

    March 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Holly, please!

      I really like Bon Jovi. I have seen him everywhere from the Galaxy to the Spectrum to the FU center. He is a fun show, has a great band and is a good pop rock song writer.

      But Springsteen he Ain't. Springsteens first 5 albums are rock royalty, right alongside the best from anyone. He peaked far too young, but his early stuff is of legend. Bon Jovi is not even in the same league.

      March 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Andy Capp

    They named Jon right. As in a toi
    et jon. All he does is eat smelly runny poop. No one likes his music but g@yfers and girls. Plus he loves to eat smelly poop.

    March 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Ben

    Hey Jon... it's the record companies that are killing the biz... I'm sure you make plenty of cash on iTunes from people who buy some of your songs but would never buy one of your full albums... Steve Jobs revolutionized the way people consume music... it's sign of the times and plenty of artists are successfully surviving in that system.

    March 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  49. portalpunk

    The internet, digital age and ipod has allowed countless artist to deliver thier music to consumers that never had a chance of landing a record contract in the 'good ol days'. It's progress, Jon doesnt like it becuase he already has his record deal, but back when they were first starting out they would of loved to have something like itunes to release thier music. Instead they had to grow their hair long and get it in the rear for years.

    March 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Cindy

    Wow! One can really tell the jealous ones in this pack. He is still hot unlike what some of you may look like now or when you are his age.

    March 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  51. ProperVillain

    PS. say what you will about Bon Jovi's music style but the simple fact is, from the standpoint of them being a group of musicians and players, they can run circles around most "bands" today. Most "bands" are too busy sampling great artists of yesteryear to even bother picking up an instrument and learning how to play and actually WRITE their own music (yes plagiarizing (c)Rap "artists", I'm talking to you!)

    March 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  52. MeTheMan

    I download the full albums so i can find the hidden gems anyway. If I like the first single, i'll give the album a try. I spent thousands of dollars over many years buying music in record stores. I don't feel bad getting some free ones now either. I feel back then, a lot of bands made more efforts trying to make good overall albums, now a days, they know singles will make them money anyway so they can afford album fillers. The times have changed, unfortunatly, so did the music.

    March 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  53. ProperVillain

    I may be showing my age but I tend to agree with him. I will buy a CD almost every time just so I do have the packaging. I don't think it is completely the fault of Steve Jobs, although his business model has killed the whole album concept. I think this cheapens music and the listening experience and turns it into a quick fix ( download the single! Listen! Discard...) as opposed to an event. That is what getting music use to be, a personal event of a trip to the shop, trip back home and a listening party all your own where you could absorb the album. I know it is mostly a generational thing but I think, in general, the speed of digital has taken away some of the pleasure people use to get out of the "experience" of music listening.

    March 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susie are so right. Everything is simply fast and disposable now. Nothing to trade, nothing to collect. Listen, get sick of it and disgard. I like technology. It has certainly made working in an office much easier, but there's alot that the young people will never experience and enjoy as a result. I'm happy I grew up in the generation in which I did. I really would not want to be a kid today.

      March 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  54. fancy nancy

    good lawd. what is with all the Jon Bon bashing? perhaps what Jovi intends is that there is a disposability factor here lacking in personal significance that is greater than what music provided in the past. In the past one's biography was attached to -a tangible piece of vinyl-(what you bought, how you bought it, why you bought it, et al). . Music was integrated in the fabric of one's life and in culture. There was an interchange of language, politics, personal events, fashion and design. In my opinion-music now is processed like government cheese-it is tasteless, formless and without any health benefits.

    March 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven Seagal

      Uh, well, dummy, he's the one who opened his mouth and said something stupid. Kinda like you.

      March 15, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • fancy nancy

      uh-Steven Seagal is it? hmm yah ok.

      you might want to try and articulate a little more clearly the point you are trying to make (this might require more education on your part). name calling and off topic points kind of indicate your own, uh, lacking intellect (the dummy thing).

      March 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Andrew Zar

    Hey, I'm an old man too – but the new age is tons better for consumers – artists have to consider each track an individual work and that is a very, very good thing. I often buy only the tracks I like off of emusic – and believe that this sort of behavior helps the artist understand what is most working (or not working) in what they are doing. If they produce a dud, then lets call it a dud – not bury it in an album and pretend it is great.

    March 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Actually it is not a good thing. I enjoy my ipod, and like selecting certain individual songs. But there is no whay whatsoever to appreciate something like Dark Side of the Moon, Tommy, Rumors, Exile on Mainstreet, Electric Ladyland, Slowhand or Physical Graffiti based on one song. Albums were meant to be listened to as a collective work.

      The chopping of modern music down to single songs has ruined the artists ability to create something that flows as a complete piece of music. Imagine all you ever knew of Abbey Road was "Come Together". What a shame. 90% of my favorite songs I found as non singles and b sides. Stairway to Heaven was never released as a single. Most radio played song of all time may never even have been heard today. Sad, imagine what we are missing.

      March 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Derp-itunes allows through their music store online to sample all the songs on the CD an artist has released-so we're not missing anything that wasn't played on the radio.

      March 15, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  56. BORNright

    Sound like John is mad because Steve Jobs figured out how to make more money than John was. Bon Jovi is a whinner.

    March 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Zar

      Too true – we adore the middlemen and like to pay them more than the content providers. Not just Apple, but Google as well – we would rather they get the money and those that make the content don't. And here we thought the Internet was about getting rid of the middle man!

      March 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Eridan

    Bon Jovi? Bon Jovi and music? He should not be in the same sentence with the word music.

    March 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  58. jurby

    I couldn't agree more, Jon!!!! I grew up in a time when ipods didn't exist nor did personal computers nor digital downloading, etc – none of the computer-based nor digital junk that the youth of today has been inundated with. I prefer to turn on my CD player or Walkman radio (yes! NOT an ipod! i don't own one and never plan to!) and actually listen to music the good 'old' fashioned way – RADIO!!!! it's sad to see so many people obsessed with gadgets such as ipods, ipads, laptops, Blackberrys, iphones, Androids, cell phones, etc. The youth of today have no idea how easy they have it but yet they complain about everything under the sun anyways. They even have computers in schools now and don't have to go through what my generation and the generations before me had to go through to get an education – doing it the 'hard' way – actually having to write everything out by hand instead of having information electronically given to them. It's sad that computers have take over so overwhelmingly and it's sad that the music industry is suffering because of it.

    March 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • @jurby

      ipod killed radio? Is that what happened? Or did ipod deliver music in a more desireable form to consumer so they dont have to listed to stupid ads or stupid dj's?

      March 15, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • jurby

      in response to @jurby: no, I didn't say ipod killed radio. if you were smart enough to actually read what i wrote, instead of making assumptions then making things up based on your assumptions, you would actually know that. of course, you are clearly of the ignorant young generation who doesn't know much beyond point-and-click. yes, digital is a great way for artists to get their music out – particularly indie artists – but when people buying music buy only singles and fore-go an actual full CD, they miss out on so much beyond what the artist's current hit song is and never know if there are other songs on the CD that perhaps they would actually like. buying digital downloads is the equivalent of a horse wearing blinders – all you see is what is in front of you and nothing around you. buying digital is the exactly the same way and it leaves the consumer ignorant of everything else around.

      March 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • @jurby

      But isn't it my choice on what I want to listen to? You may prefer an album and that is fine, but I dont so why are you trying to make my experience the album? Its about choice and your trying to dictate what choice I make instead of just letting me make it. You must be a Christian.

      March 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Jurby, itunes at least I know offer for you to listen to clips of each song on a CD the artist has released. So we, the listeners who wish to hear other music that has not been able to hear on the radio, are able to listen to it and possibly purchase it. But since you don't use a computer, internet, or itunes, I don't expect you to know that.

      March 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Eric L.

    The digital music world has leveled the playing field for indie artists who are producing great music but have not been signed by a major label. The digital revolution gives more options and opportunties for artists to get music out to fans and to have control over their music content.

    March 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  60. WLM

    I never listened to music like that, and I hated having to buy the whole album for 1 song....

    March 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  61. schmoops

    I used to have a bit of respect for Jon. Now I see he's clearly delusional. stop blaming other ppl. I worked for warner bros for 17 years. The music business killed the music business. I own over 3000 cds, a lot of albums and some cassettes. I'd have to say maybe 1% of them were purchased by looking at the album cover. A cd isnt a pair of pants. It's not a loaf of bread. It's a completely different animal. People spend hundreds even thousands of dollars on music. They also have to pay their rent and other bills. cds got to be expensive AND some of them were crap. face it. not every artist makes a cds worth of music. I could go on and on...there are lots of reasons the music business is falling apart. leave steve jobs out of it.

    March 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  62. SmarterthanU

    You need to surround yourself with managers and promoters that can take you into 2011. Like 8 tracks and albums, CD's are dead for a reason. The net is a great place and has more pros than cons. Humans naturally evolve. It's up to you to keep up with it all to stay relevant. Contact me.

    As for Steve Jobbs....he was great, but I hate him for releasing new products that are only obsolete in 6 months for Ver. 2 which should have been Ver. 1 in the first place. Your consumers are not blind to what technology should be on your initial release. Stop playing us like fools Jobbs!!!

    March 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  63. quintus

    Bon Jovi probably had to walk to school as well, uphill both ways and in the snow. Those darn kids today...

    March 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  64. FrankMhere

    I think Jon is mistaken, it was Napster and digital downloads which were around before Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs just said, hey, if people are going to download anyway, we should make some money. If anything Steve Jobs SAVED the music industry.

    March 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • MusicLover


      The big recording $tudio$ help to kill the music too. After everyone bought their music on CD's, there was no more money to be made, so they started pushing the Pop Artist of the Week: all extremely good looking boys and girls but no talent and they all sound the same.

      I grew up in the 70's and I do not miss the record stores (maybe little..) I do love new technology and learned how to use it. Get on with the times people!

      March 18, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  65. Larry

    I remember listening to the radio and hearing DJs – not On Air Personalities. I recall that these DJs would announce who was playing the music and what album it was from. I didn't have to have a separate app on a phone or computer to find out what I was listening to. They didn't spend a lot of time on contests. They didn't spend a lot of time talking about what their kids were doing in school. When I read these comments I turned on the radio to see if they've figured it out yet. Within five minutes I heard about a contest. Heard a great song I've never heard before. Guess I'll stop reading this, open another tab, on the browser and figure out what it was.... Too bad they couldn't have just told me.

    March 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  66. njdomer

    Completely understand point Bon Jovi is trying to make. Yes, there were time you bought and LP only to get home and discover you bought a dog with 1 or 2 good tracks and 6-8 garbage ones. But oh remember what it was like when you found out the "hit" you bought the LP for was one of the worse tracks and the joy is discovering those hidden gems before anyone else did. Some of my favorite songs of all time came from that very scenerio and that's not even mentioning the lost art of LP cover art and the liner notes. Just a thought, I wonder if the same comments had been made by R. Plant, P. Townsend, K. Richards, if the response would have been so negative and dismissive.

    March 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      I totally agree. Try cleaning your weed on an ipod. Not going to happen. Open up a double LP, spread out an ounce of green, and roll the seeds into the planter.

      Can't do that with an ipod.

      March 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Pete

    Hey's a sign of the times...Old Radio Days is gone..vinyl is gone..8 track is gone..cassettes are's are out the door..iTunes is the future. Only take want you want and stop these musicians from making gazillions of dollars off of crap. It's their financial futures that are of interest. Music is secondary. If you music were so important to you than why do you all charge $200+ dollars for a ticket to your concerts? It's called EVOLVING...Get use to it!

    March 15, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • schmoops

      exactly pete. jon isnt sincere, he's a blatant capitalist. when a kid went into a store to spend his allowance that's when albums were $5. $5 in 1978 isnt the same as $15 today. I havent been to a concert in a few years because I dont think anyone is worth the price of my monthly electric bill versus 2 hours of music. I dont need explosions or fancy backdrops. just gimme the music and charge $20. then I'l go.

      March 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barsto

      $200.00 for tickets to Bon Jovi's tour? Yes, thats if you wanted nosebleed seats. To get up front you had to buy 2 tickets for almost 2000.00 dollars a piece and you still didn't get to meet the band. Jon got blinded by the money a long time ago. If he really cared about his fans he would let us get a shot at the best seats. I refuse to go to Giants Stadium (the new name escapes me right now) to watch the band on a big screen. I have a lovely tv and couch that I can do the same thing with at home. He is way out of touch with his fans and I was a big one. The end for me was the dvd of When we were beautiful. Jon acted like his life is sooo hard and depressing. I lost all respect.

      December 4, 2011 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
  68. slambo8

    Poor Bon-Bon Jovial – made millions off of recreated crappy music and now is complaining because no one buys his con-bon music anymore. Oh well! Write and sing something that people want to hear and it does not matter if it is recorded on a piece of slate – people will buy it. Bon Bon needs to retire to some old music store in Jersey – and leave the music business the Steve "putyououtofaJob" Jobs and the rest of the technocrats who control this world.

    March 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  69. J-dog

    Guess it's time to delete all those Bon Jovi songs from my iPod then.

    March 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  70. DT74

    Their is something to be said for actually holding the CD case and listening to the entire album. If you just buy 1 song at a time then it is pretty hard to find new songs you like.

    March 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Mike

    I remember spending my hard earned money on an albums that had one great song and 8-9 lousy ones. Yeah, good times. good times.

    Now I pay $1 for a song I know I like – and get to skip the filler. Yep, that is soooo much worse.

    March 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeauxGood

      Thank you! First of all iTunes came along AFTER Napster, Kazaa, and other P2P sites were already killing the music industry. What made those sites popular in the first place were fans' frustration with being hosed by the music industry. Not only did they bump CD's to $18 and $19 bucks a pop, they stopped making entire albums worth of good music. Sorry, Mr. Bon Jovi, but there is no musical journey being experienced when I'm pressing the "Next Track" button through 3/4 of the album. He might feel slighted because his band still tries to put out entire albums worth of good music, but entirely TOO many acts stop making that a priority. Blame your fellow artists, not Steve Jobs.

      March 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      @John Gaunt – Great Points! Is Bon Jovi going to say Guitar Hero is killing music next? Both iTunes and items like Guitar Hero are making the next generation interested in music. Just because "record" sales are down, don't lash out at a great American business man that has a name for generations to come. I agree that I have bought 8 tracks, LPs, Cassettes, and CDs, but it is difficult to buy an album these days that you enjoy every song equally. Until the artists stop putting out garbage, I will enjoy selecting 1 or 2 songs from iTunes. Artists should take their time to produce a good "whole" album so people think of it as a masterpiece – example Zeppelin IV, Abbey Road, Brothers in Arms, Van Halen I, and several more ....

      March 17, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  72. Richard Cord

    That should have been .... WHO do Vinyl Record Clubs!!!

    March 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Yes, but now you can buy a turntable with USB connection to copy the music to your hard drive, then download it to your MP3 player! Then you put the LP carefully back into its anti-static sleeve and back into its cover!

      March 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Cord

      Music Lover, Your dead right!!

      March 16, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  73. Richard Cord

    Bon Jovi’s ***** was misguided at Steve ... but the point is a valid one shared by the crowd how do Vinyl Record Clubs!

    March 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  74. JR

    Bon Jovi is killing the the music business. Jon likes to compare himself with The Boss..... I guess their from NJ....comparison ends right there. Bon Jovi has been re-packaging the same two songs for the last 20 years. The song stays the same and only the words have changed.You've sold out and are in it only for the money.

    March 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  75. jillmarie

    I like what he has to say- I miss CD's and am sad they will become obsolete. I'm not very into ipods, downloading, etc... but now it seems we don't have a choice. I loved album art too!

    March 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Hey, I'm an old dude who really missed "Album Art"! When you went into the store and held a 12" by 12" album in your hands, you could actually read everything on the jacket and enjoy the artwork. When CDs first came out, they tried to compensate for it by including a libretto with all the lyrics. That didn't last long, though. Today's kids don't even have the pleasure of looking at Album Art anymore.

      March 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Ricky Rockett

    As if bon jobi ever had a shread of relevance. I surely suspecte john to be wrapped up in male on male love films by now.

    March 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadCityBabe

      jezuz, what a stupid comment....................Bon Jovi had tremendous influence on rock music as did others..............not this plastic sh__t we have now days with this auto tune crap.....grow up!

      March 18, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Viper

      I SO agree! And for anyoine to say he had a huige hand or was a big influence they are completely incorrect. He was nothing more than a guy who rode the backs of the folks who were a huge influence. I know, I was there. Big hair and good looking boys is what did it.

      March 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Vegas Guy mean they're killing the music business where a kid pays $20 for a CD because he really enjoyed a song or two from that artist and is hoping for a full album of that sound, but instead gets a bunch of crap that was just phoned in to fill in the remaining space on the disc? That music business? I say good riddance. Let's keep paying for performance and only buy the songs we actually like.

    March 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |

      I read stuff like what BonJovi is saying and it makes him look like an idiot.

      March 15, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • aaron

      this generation are not fans of any can you be if you only listen to the song being played on the radio or hhas a video....Bon Jovi is so right on this...Prince will not let you down load his music because he is in the business of selling albums not singles....if you are supporting the artist buy the whole album!.....To the record labels , stop having a bunch of artist that sound alike bring back creativity!!!!!

      March 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Aaron

      I dont buy music to "support the artist' they are not starving. I buy music because I like a song or several songs, but I dont want toe be forced to buy 7-8 songs that I dont want to listen to just because 'the artist' want to dictate the experience I should have. It's my choice.

      March 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Excellent observation

      You are absolutely right. Gone are the days where I had to buy a whole album or CD for three tracks. I can listen and see thousands more choices online than in a store and 24/7. Good music prevails Tired old rock stars re hashing rubbish lose

      March 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pinhead

      Well, singles did exist in the past, either in 45, cassettes and CD's. So that option was always there, but record companies decided not to sell them anymore. Is Steve Jobs at fault here ? maybe a little, but the mp3 revolution is what started all this and Apple wasn't the first one to do this. Sony, Samsung, Microsoft, Sharp, everyone embraced the format way before the iPod came. However, I agree with Bon Jovi on one thing: the experience is quite different, because you can preview the whole album before buying it, and today, most full albums suck. Back on those days you knew that if there were 3 good singles out of an album, you would surely get at least a couple more good songs out of it, even if they didn't become singles. Also, you actually listened to the whole album.

      So both of them are guilty, the RIAA and the mp3 format. By the way Jon, none of your full albums in the last 20 years have been good either, so don't complain. New Jersey.. and maybe, just maybe.. Keep the Faith, were the last good ones.


      March 17, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Made in Canada

      I have to agree with Bon Jovi...Steven Jobs and itunes are the '45's' of my generation...that is what you paid $1 dollar for in my day for the hit song...I use to love buying a LP not knowing what I would get. Yes, sometimes there were 'dogs' but more often then not a new world of music would open up. I found that often the best or classic song on a LP or CD wasn't the radio hit, so you had to listen to the entire LP and find that gem. I still buy CD's for that entire selection of music by the artist and not just the 'favorite'. So open up your world of listening, put the entire CD on and hear what the artist as to offer...

      March 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |

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