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What Was On Steve Jobs' iPod Revealed

The Real Steve Jobs: Circa 2008
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The Apple co-founder was admittedly a child of the 60s, collecting concert bootlegs of Dylan, and numerous Beatles' albums.

To anyone who’s seen Apple’s marketing campaigns through the years, it should come as no surprise which artists the company’s co-founder Steve Jobs had highest on his iPod playlist. 

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Jobs, who died from respiratory arrest after a long battle with pancreatic cancer Oct. 5, was a huge fan of Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, his biographer, Walter Isaacson writes in his new book Steve Jobs

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Isaacson revealed that the Apple CEO voraciously collected concert bootlegs of Dylan performances from his electric period between 1965 and 1966. 

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When it came to Jobs’ personal iPod, “Not surprisingly, there were all six volumes of Dylan’s bootleg series…In addition, there were fifteen other Dylan albums, starting with his first, Bob Dylan (1962), but going only up to Oh Mercy (1989)…The other great trove on his iPod was the Beatles. He included songs from seven of their albums…The Rolling Stones clocked in next, with six albums…” Isaacson writes in the book.

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The biography also includes a section where the Apple head discusses what the Beatles and Dylan taught him. 

"You always have to keep pushing to innovate," said Jobs. "Dylan could have sung protest songs forever and probably made a lot of money, but he didn’t. He had to move on, and when he did by going electric in 1965, he alienated a lot of people. The Beatles were the same way. They kept evolving, moving, refining their act. That’s what I’ve tried to do — keep moving. Otherwise, as Dylan says, if you’re not busy being born, you’re busy dying.”

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