March 15th, 2011
11:55 AM ET
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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