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Pete Wentz Pens Touching Tribute to Steve Jobs

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The recent deaths of Apple mogul Steve Jobs had plenty of celebrities tweeting their sympathies, but one Apple enthusiast was especially inspired by the tech genius’ passing: former Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz.

In an article for People, Wentz reflects upon Steve Jobs’ pioneering role in the music industry. “As with a lot of things, sometimes it takes an outsider to shake things up,” Wentz writes. Wentz credits Jobs with helping to make music “hyper-relevant again,” but moreover, by fundamentally reinventing public perceptions of music as “Inexpensive. Portable. Easy. Fun. Sharable.” He reminisces about the first iPod he ever owned, a gift from his parents, and on visiting Apple headquarters in Cupertino when the “Complete My Album” feature was introduced, and his excitement about the new innovation.

It’s a thoughtful rumination from the rocker, who has been busy working on his new musical project, Black Cards, after splitting from wife Ashlee Simpson-Wentz earlier this year — and a good reminder of the pivotal role Jobs played in redefining how music is experienced. Forgive us if we get a little misty…

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