Many people are eulogizing Apple's Steve Jobs today (including 97X's own Fisher). In an article chronicling his legacy, Billboard touched on how he changed the music industry:
With the music industry reeling from Internet users who preferred sharing music to buying it, Apple created the iPod and iTunes, with Jobs handling the arduous task of obtaining the digital rights to songs that he would sell to consumers for 99 cents apiece. Having been battered by digital pirates, music executives were skeptical of the iTunes Music Store back then, according to Hilary Rosen, head of the RIAA at the time, but they were won over by Jobs's passion.
"The shift came about above all because of the sheer willpower of Steve. His sheer charisma and his intensity absolutely made a difference," Rosen said, according to the book iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business, by Jeffrey Young and William Simon. "Steve is an incredible music fan. For people in the music industry, that was very special."
Jobs, who once dated folk singer Joan Baez, named his computer company Apple in part because of his admiration for the Beatles and their Apple Records. But when the iTunes music store used an apple for its logo, Apple Corp. sued. Four years later, the two settled their legal differences, and iTunes began selling Beatles music in November (2010).
My five-year-old iPod 5G still works - most of the time - and it's the greatest thing ever.
Linkin Park planned on co-headlining the DeLuna Fest in Pensacola later this month. They cancelled their appearance due to frontman Chester Bennington's shoulder injury which requires surgery.
Tom DeLonge must think there's no such thing as too much Tom DeLonge. Angels & Airwaves' new album Love part II drops on November 11 - just six weeks after Blink-182's Neighborhoods. Deluxe editions will include the Love film on DVD and a customized guitar. More info on AVA's website.
The Gaslight Anthem are a great band and friends of 97X. Congrats to them for making the jump to a major label, Mercury Records. Their iTunes Session is also now available featuring several covers (The Who, Pearl Jam, "House of the Rising Sun") and a new song.
Embroiled in a corruption scandal that threatens his inner circle and decade-long rule, Turkey's prime minister is now looking to silence his political foes by banning social media sites like Facebook and YouTube.