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Steve Jobs Awarded Posthumous Grammy 176

An anonymous reader writes "Recognizing Steve Jobs's immense contribution to music, he was the recipient of the Grammy Trustees Award at the Grammy's this past Sunday. The award is handed out annually to 'individuals who, during their careers in music, have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording.'" Eddy Cue, head of iTunes, accepted the Grammy in place of Jobs.
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Steve Jobs Awarded Posthumous Grammy

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  • Re:Sigh (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Bill, Shooter of Bul ( 629286 ) on Wednesday February 15, 2012 @01:08PM (#39046107) Journal
    Its really amazing that they actually gave it to him. The RIAA sort of hates him for making their product more reasonably priced. I pay less now for an album ( on amazon, but itunes if you like) than I did 20 years ago, not accounting for inflation.
  • Re:Oh goodie. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 15, 2012 @01:15PM (#39046203)

    iTunes may be a household name, but the award states "career in music" and "significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording." Steve Jobs fails on both of those requirements. He may deserve an award of some technical nature for the field of access to purchase music, but iTunes does not merit a Grammy for Steve.

  • Re:Uh, what? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by SecurityGuy ( 217807 ) on Wednesday February 15, 2012 @01:39PM (#39046577)

    I rather suspect AngryDeuce got that this was about iTunes. I agree this is stupid. Jobs did fantastic things for *commerce* related to music. Nothing for music, really.

    I'd give one to the Guitar Hero people long before I'd give one to Jobs. They got millions of non-musicians playing fake instruments. Some of those, like me, were inspired to go try and buy the real thing. Some of those actually became good. I'm not one of them, but I know a couple.

  • Re:Sigh (Score:4, Interesting)

    by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Wednesday February 15, 2012 @02:29PM (#39047433) Homepage

    Changing the way a car showroom looks doesn't involve contributing to cars.

    Being the first to come up with a wide spread model for having a car showroom, and having any commercial success with it, however, does. I don't believe there were any "car showrooms" before that.

    I honestly can't name a single digital music store which existed before iTunes. And I doubt that anything which predated iTunes still exists. Apple also managed to get the big labels to sign up when everyone was trying to figure out how to shut down Napster et al.

    As I said, before the iPod there were MP3 players ... but the overall impact of iPods and iTunes vastly outstrips any of those. Most of them aren't even in business any more.

    I'll be the first to admit that Apple doesn't invent technology out of the blue that nobody has ever seen ... but what they do is to provide a much better integrated platform that non-technical people can use without fear. It just works, and doesn't do any of that weird technology stuff that people don't want to get involved with.

    Name me a single player/software combination that has had nearly as much impact on the market. Because I can't think of any ... the Zune was, comparatively, a joke.

    Other than the idiot who got the Zune logo tattooed on his arm and later regretted it, I honestly don't know a single person who has owned one of them. Creative products disappeared a long time ago as far as I know. My wife's old Sony player which used proprietary formats and software wasn't wide-spread. Sure, you can buy cheap ass USB players that you can drag files onto and play, but you're stuck with Media Player or whatever. It certainly doesn't offer you a store or a nice interface.

    Apple has sold something like 300 million iPods to date ... who is in second place? The answer, nobody cares enough to find out.

  • by macbeth66 ( 204889 ) on Wednesday February 15, 2012 @02:45PM (#39047667)

    Maybe now his company will take a closer look at the conditions under which their iCrap manufacturers force upon the slaves.

    And to think I admired the man. The more I learn about him and what Apples does, the more disgusted I've become.

    Xoom instead of iPad, Droid instead of iPhone and Sansa instead of iPod.

Thufir's a Harkonnen now.