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I think that music faded in importance for a while, and the iPod has helped to bring music back into people’s lives in a really meaningful way. Music is so deep within all of us, but it’s easy to go for a day or a week or a month or a year without really listening to music. And the iPod has changed that for tens of millions of people, and that makes me really happy, because I think music is good for the soul.

Steve Jobs, 2006.

I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, poets, artists, zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientist in the world.

Steve Jobs.

I was very lucky to grow up in a time when music really mattered. It wasn’t just something in the background; it really mattered to a generation of kids growing up. It really changed the world.

Steve Jobs, 2006

(about Listen.com saying that downloading isn’t the most popular feature on their music service Rhapsody) Well, that’s correct. Downloading sucks on their service. You download a track and you can’t burn it to a CD without paying them more money, you can’t put it on your MP3 player, you can’t put it on multiple computers, it sucks! So of course nobody downloads! You pay extra to download even on top of subscription fees. No wonder they have hardly any download traffic, [they] hardly even have any subscribers.

Steve Jobs, 2003

(on the Wall Street Journal calling him a ‘digital music impresario’) I didn’t know what it meant. Does that mean I run a carnival? What we do at Apple is very simple: we invent stuff. We make the best personal computers in the world, some of the best software, the best portable MP3/music player, and now we make the best online music store in the world. We just make stuff. So I don’t know what impresario means. We make stuff, put it out there, and people use it.

Steve Jobs, 2003