Published on February 1st, 2012 | by Alan Cross


Steve Jobs, Father of the iPod, Was Actually a Vinyl Freak

That’s according to Neil Young, anyway, as part of an interview at the D: Dive tech conference in California.

Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music. His legacy is tremendous.  But when he went home, he listened to vinyl.

Yes, Jobs gave the world iTunes (with its AAC compression), the iPod (which promolgated the need for compressed music files) and even offered up something called iPod Hi Fi.

What?  You don’t remember that?  Or Steve’s statement “This sounds so good that I’m going to get rid of my stereo.”  The date was February 28, 2006.  The iPod Hi Fi was discontinued in September 2007.

More quotes from the Godfather of Grunge (via 9 to 5 Mac):

On piracy: 

Piracy is the new radio.  That’s how music gets around.

On record companies:

What I like about record companies is that they present and nurture artists. That doesn’t exist on iTunes, it doesn’t exist on Amazon. That’s what a record company does and that’s why I like my record company. People look at record companiues like they’re obsolete, but there’s a lot of soul in there — a lot of people who care about music, and that’s very important.

Be doesn’t like Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.  He hates the sounds of MP3s.  And this is cool.  According to Young, he was helping Apple work on some kind of high-fidelity format. 

Thre’s some revealing stuff here.  Read it–and watch this.


About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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