When news broke that Steve Jobs passed away yesterday, Twitter was flooded with condolences, tributes and a general air of disbelief. When you consider that his immeasurable impact in the music industry comprises a small fraction of his complete legacy – you’ll understand why I’m still not able to wrap my head around how mind-boggingly brilliant this man was, and why his death has impacted so many people he never met. Everyone from Snoop Dogg to Coldplay lined up to pay their respects in the most direct and public forum available to them.
If you’re one of those people with an attention span (you made it this far!), here’s some of the more interesting long-form retrospectives on what Jobs meant to the music world:
Top 10 Steve Jobs Inspired Rap Lyrics (Rap Genius)
How Steve Jobs Changed Music, For Good and Ill (The New Yorker)
Stanford Commencement Speech
Lastly, here’s that Stanford speech that’s gone around, in which Jobs ruminates on (among other things) death and mortality.