Steve Jobs had a genuine affinity for music, and it was that love, according to Jobs in his biography, that enabled Apple to succeed with the iPod while other companies faltered.
That Steve Jobs and Apple helped revolutionize the music industry is not in dispute. Indeed, one wonders how the music industry might look today had Apple not introduced the iPod and the iTunes Music Store.
Recognizing Jobs’ immense contribution to music, Jobs 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.”
Apple’s Eddy Cue accepted the award on behalf of the late Jobs.
“Steve was a visionary, a mentor, and a very close friend,” Cue said. “I had the incredible honor of working with him for the last 15 years. Accepting this award means so much to me, because music meant so much to him. He told us that music shaped his life, it made him who it was.”
“Everyone that who knows Steve,” Cue continued, “knows the profound impact that artists like Bob Dylan and the Beatles had on him. Steve was focused on bringing music to everyone, in innovative ways. We talked about it every single day.”