Home Music Music Lists

Steve Jobs’ Musical History

steve jobs

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Steve Jobs, who died of pancreatic cancer on October 5th, 2011, was instrumental in fundamentally changing the way people consume music. An important part of his digital revolution was cooperation with artists, for whom iTunes and the iPod are largely responsible for getting music to fans. As these photos show, over the years, Jobs teamed up formally or informally with musicians from U2 to Wynton Marsalis to usher in Apple's ever-evolving music product lineup.

steve jobs john mayer

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

John Mayer

Steve Jobs looks at a new iPod mini with recording artist John Mayer at the Macworld expo January 6, 2004 in San Francisco.

steve jobs u2

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

U2

Steve Jobs poses with Jimmy Iovine, and Bono and The Edge of U2 at a celebration of the release of a new Apple iPod family of products at the California Theatre on October 26, 2004 in San Jose, California.

steve jobs wynton marsalis

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Wynton Marsalis

Winton Marsalis poses with Steve Jobs during a special event announcing new Apple products October 12, 2005 in San Jose, California.

steve jobs

Anthony Harvey/WireImage for EMI Music

The Good, The Bad and the Queen

Band manager Chris Morrison, Damon Albarn, Steve Jobs, Simon Tong, Paul Simonon and Tony Allen from The Good, The Bad and the Queen.

steve jobs kt tunstall

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall, Steve Jobs and Starbucks founder Howard Schultz look at new iPod Nano's at an Apple Special event September 5, 2007 in San Francisco, California.

steve jobs jack johnson

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson embraces Steve Jobs during an Apple special event September 9, 2008 in San Francisco, California.

steve jobs gavin rossdale gwen stefani

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage

Gavin Rossdale, Gwen Stefani and Jimmy Iovine

Gavin Rossdale, Gwen Stefani, Steve Jobs and Jimmy Iovine attend the 2008 Spirit Of Life Award Dinner on October 15, 2008 in Santa Monica, California.