Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Jon on John Crime Jordan vs. Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi has acused Apple CEO Steve Jobs of being "personally responsible for killing the music business" with iTunes in an article posted HERE.
In an interview with the London-based Sunday Times Magazine, sounding a bit like an old man (which he is now) protective of his lawn — the quote literally starts with “kids today”. Bon Jovi bemoaned the fact that the young’uns no longer have “the 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."

Morn the loss of vinyl or CD's all you will Jon, but Steve Jobs did a pretty spectacular job (pun intended) of monetizing music and made it available to a wider audience via iTunes - literally SAVING the music industry from themselves, expanding your audience and giving you your cut of the profits in the process.

But let's humor Jon and count the ways iTunes is KILLING his music.

At last check, Jon, I still see all your music on iTunes. I still see all your movies (including the stellar "Moonlight and Valentino", "U 571" and episodes of "Ally McBeal" still on iTunes.
If it's killing music I'd think the first move would be to take it off of iTunes. Still waiting.....

At last check, I also noticed your circa 80's music videos in all their hairy chest bearing, flaxen hair flowing, still can hit the high notes glory are also still on iTunes. Still waiting....

At last check, I don't remember Steve Jobs manufacturing or stopping albums and turntables, Reel to Reels, 8-Tracks, Cassettes, Audio DAT's, etc from being sold or bought.

The experience of a kid today plugging into a turntable and carting around his LP's - the iPod is much less encumbering to the "kids of today". And, by the way, I personally don't remember listening to my vinyl copy of "7800 Degrees Fahrenheit" and it being particularly "Magical".

At last check, I believe you and the boys made something on the order of $200+ MILLION last year touring. That would make you... carry the 1... cross out the zero.... THE NUMBER ONE TOURING ACT OF 2010!!!! Plus, the Circle Tour continues to rank (at this point in time) 9th ALL TIME in the HISTORY of TOURS in North AMERICA.

At last check, I don't remember seeing you in the welfare line behind Tommy, Gina, Richie, Dave and poor Tico.

If Video Killed the Radio Star then iTunes killed artists that put one good song on an album with 8 or 9 half-assed efforts in tow.

Was that a shot of truth to the heart?
Sorry Jon.

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