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When I heard tonight that Steve Jobs had died, i immediately starting counting the things in my house and my life that bear his intellectual DNA. Most of it is purely functional—the MacBook I'm writing this on, for instance.

But Jobs gave back to me something precious beyond words: music. I have been a music fan/listener/fanatic since the summer of 1968, when I first heard Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild" on the radio. But thirty years past 1968, I wasn't listening to any new music—or much of anything, for that matter. The technology I had was too clunky, and my music collection was stale.

Then Sherry bought me an iPod, and music rushed back into my life. I have a modest collection of mp3 albums and singles—about 6,200 tracks in all, with maybe a couple thousand more that I haven't imported into my iTunes library. But it doesn't matter how much of my library is new, and how much is old, and how much of it I never would have discovered unless I had that iPod. What matters is this: Music is with me all the time now—only because Jobs revolutionized the music industry.

He gave me back a big part of my life. And I am just one story of how Steve Jobs changed people's lives. I think it still is going to be some time before we realize just how much of a genius he was.


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Oct. 6th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
Well said. I don't know if everyone realizes just how much that man affected our world.
Oct. 6th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
No, the world doesn't know. But they'll know in time.

When Jobs died I didn't think twice. Just another celebrity death in my eyes. Then I plugged my iPod into my car on the way to work. Then I pulled up Photoshop on a Mac. Then I hung my head and realized how foolish my first reaction was.
Oct. 6th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you. You've written one of the most eloquent tributes I've read thus far.
Oct. 7th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
More so than Gates in some ways. Gates brought computerization to the masses but Jobs had the vision of what that might look like, and kick-started the dreamy, what-if aspect.
Oct. 7th, 2011 01:34 pm (UTC)
Great take on things. We're not an iAnything household, but still. Can't deny that the man was a visionary.
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