I guess it's just natural as people get older that they pine for "the way things used to be." However, it does seem extra silly when it comes from rockstars, who generally have a reputation of bucking the system and changing the way things were done. The latest to step into this ring appears to be Jon Bon Jovi who is blaming Steve Jobs for all that is wrong in the music world
. Apparently, his issue is with the fact that people don't buy records any more:
Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes and getting lost in an album; and the beauty of taking your allowance money and making a decision based on the jacket, not knowing what the record sounded like, and looking at a couple of still pictures and imagining it.... God, it was a magical, magical time... I hate to sound like an old man now, but I am, and you mark my words, in a generation from now people are going to say: 'What happened?' Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business.
At least he recognizes he sounds like an old man. And it may have been magical for him, but what about all the people who bought the album based on the jacket and it turned out to be crap. You know what many people think is actually
magical? That they can listen to what they want, wherever they want, and being able to find and access all sorts of new music they might never have found out about otherwise. I don't know, but it strikes me that today is a much more magical time in terms of what the fans get.