Pete Wentz – I Remember My First iPod

Pete Wentz and Steve Jobs

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10/06/2011 AT 7:05 PM ET

Pete Wentz, the former bassist for Fall Out Boy who s now on tour with his new band Black Cards, shares his thoughts on Steve Jobs exclusively with PEOPLE.

As with a lot of things, sometimes it takes an outsider to shake things up. That s how it was with Steve Jobs and the music industry.

Jobs singlehandedly changed the way people interact with music more so than most people within the music industry this century. He proved that music could not only become hyper-relevant again, but that it would become significant in ways that most people could never have imagined. Inexpensive. Portable. Easy. Fun. Sharable.

Music has always been a thread that runs through most people’s lives, but with the invention of iTunes and the iPod, it could live and breathe anywhere. Everywhere.

I remember the first iPod that was released – I got it from my parents as a present and the first thing I thought was, This thing looks strange! It was nothing like a CD, a tape or vinyl, the things I always associated music with. I thought, I don’t know if this is ever going to catch on.

Obviously, I could not have been more wrong. Steve Jobs married art, design and function together in ways that diehard fans and casual listeners would both find appealing.

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