25 Musicians Reflect On Steve Jobs' Influence
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Apple has empowered independent musicians, now we can make and create anything we dream up. I just recorded a new song idea last night while I was out with friends ON MY PHONE. Yes, that was me in the corner singing and tapping a rhythm into my palm.
Thank you Steve Jobs.
It is no great secret that Steve Jobs has changed the world we live in many times over. It is also no great secret that his passing today has left millions with a feeling of great loss. Whether or not you’re a fan of Apple products there is no arguing the impact of Mr Jobs’ life on each and every one of us. His absence from the arena of great thinkers and great ideas is one that is hard to comprehend. He made things we loved and things that made our lives easier. He saw the world in a way so few people in history have. What he imagined became our reality time and time again and for that reason it’s hard to imagine a world without him. Thank you Mr. Jobs. For your vision, your intuition and your fearlessness. Thank you for daring to invent with an unprecedented sense of style, grace, practicality and prophecy. My heart goes out to your family, friends and those closest to you. You will be sorely missed.
I was on tour years ago with Longwave when I got my first Apple laptop. Up until that point, I really couldn’t stand computers. They were ugly, difficult to learn, and just not attractive in any way. I didn’t know that there was any difference with Apple, only that the thing LOOKED better. Of course, I learned how to use it and through that, learned how to record music on my laptop, edit video, carry both my music and videos around on my iPod, and it was just EASY. I recorded the Hurricane Bells song “Monsters” (later featured on The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack) on the laptop I am typing on now, years ago, and I am still receiving royalties for it.
It is no exaggeration that Apple and Steve Jobs have allowed me to more easily make a living being creative. From what I have read about Steve Jobs in the past weeks, I would bet that is something he’d really like. What a loss.
Steve Jobs took the idea of music digitalization, starting from the actual creation (Logic), all the way to the distribution (iTunes), and made it available to anyone and everyone with a creative vision. Steve Jobs was the creative’s creative. He was someone who understood the struggles and challenges that went into our art (because he was an artist himself.) and made it easier for all of us. He will be truly missed.
I still work on a PC (I’ve never owned a Mac); I’ve never owned an ipod, itouch, ipad or iphone. I’ve bought stuff off of itunes, which is a pretty brilliant way to sell low res music, and I don’t know if its helped make a bad situation worse or better. But I still miss record stores. Steve Jobs was a brilliant man and this world needs brilliant men….he will be missed.