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RIP Steve Jobs: The Music Industry’s Digital Media Shepherd

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

By now many of you have probably heard about the death of Apple, Inc. founder Steve Jobs.  Jobs died yesterday with his family after a long battle with cancer.  He was 56 years old.

The innovation of Steve Jobs was so great that he forever changed the face of consumer electronics. One of the areas he applied those new electronics to most was the music industry.  Through the creation of the Ipod and Itunes, Jobs is credited with many of the forward thinking ideas that essentially saved the music industry from collapse in the chaotic and entirely unregulated pre-Itunes digital market place era. His innovation recognized the digital media paradigm shift that was occurring in entertainment at the time. Through that recognition, and his understanding of how to deal with, he became one of the  most effective digital media shepherds the music business has ever had.  This is because the Ipod and Itunes didn’t serve as just amazing inventions, for the music industry they were tools that taught us where the world was going, and where it is today.  Today’s entire entertainment industry, and the world in general for that matter wouldn’t have been the same without him.

Below is a look at the career of the man that some call the modern day Thomas Edison.


‎”Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the trouble makers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them, because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do!” -Think Different. Apple