By putting the interests of artists and fans above those of executives and corporate shareholders, Steve Jobs turned the music industry power structure upside down. Every artist, producer, DJ or blogger who leverages their own creative resources and energy against all odds follows in his footsteps. #ThankYouSteve.

He always told people to listen to their heart and follow what they loved. "You can't connect the dots looking forward," Jobs once said, "you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."

It's been a decade since Apple introduced the first iPod and iTunes software, and it's safe to say that the music game will never be the same. (Even Puff tweeted this heartfelt tribute in a tweet: RIP to one of my HEROS Steve Jobs!!! You's a Bad Mother fucka! 4real. Changed the game. Thanks for dreaming So BIG!!!) But don’t take Diddy’s word for it. 
Steve Jobs' influence is so pervasive and wide-reaching that it's easy to overlook. So let's take a moment, and take stock of all that Apple accomplished by "thinking different."

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Written by Tally Bower (@TAL1ES1N)

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