Last week, I read an interesting article. Someone was interviewing Jon Bon Jovi, and he mentioned that “Steve Jobs killed the music business.”
Now, I am a fan of Bon Jovi, and have been since the 80’s, but in this case, he is wrong.
The I-Pod didn’t kill the music business, and neither did its inventor. In fact, the ITunes service has allowed greater access to musical content such as emerging artists. I would think that Jon Bon Jovi would respect that since he himself had to fight his way to the top “once upon a time, not so long ago”.
He is correct though that there is a problem here. The mp3 format (as any HiFi audio nut will tell you) is a very low fidelity format that uses a lot of compression. As a result, it does not have the same clarity as a Compact Disc, or an SACD. Yet, people now download albums off of ITunes faster than the CDs fly off the shelf.
Bon Jovi should not have a problem with this, since the artists still get paid if someone downloads an album through ITunes. I however, do.
I like CDs. I like that a HiFi format exists that allows me to hear every little nuance the artist intended. I already lost the SACD format in the battle against mp3s.
Think I am crazy for being a fan of SACDs even though they are now considered a dead format? Consider this: home theater receivers no longer contain the jacks for a SACD player. Now, all receivers can also connect to your I-Pod through a wireless connection. Could we be approaching the point where home theaters no longer connect to a CD player too at some point in the near future?
Food for thought…
As always, feel free to chime in and let me know what you think.