Steve Jobs is a Bob Dylan fan because the folk singer is, in the words of Apple’s CEO, a “clear thinker.”
Jobs’ own lucid and careful contemplation of the music industry is apparent in a 2003 interview he gave to Rolling Stone magazine’s Jeff Goodell. My colleague Tom Krazit pointed me to the story after stumbling on to it recently. We were bowled over by the preciseness of Jobs’ assessment of what the future held for digital rights management, music subscription services, the four largest recording companies, and Apple. The interview in retrospect is a fascinating read.
Jobs correctly predicted that attempts by the major labels to find a technological solution to piracy would fail. When it came to subscription music services, he said the public would reject them. He foresaw a day when iTunes would sell 1 billion tracks a year–a bold statement, considering that at the time, iTunes had only sold 20 million songs. ~ Source: news.cnet.com
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