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Steve Jobs Takes the Stage Tonight at D: All Things Digital Event

Apple’s Steve Jobs kicks off D8 Conference

Apple CEO Steve Jobs will take the stage Tuesday night as the annual D: All Things Digital event kicks off today at an exclusive resort in Ranchos Palos Verdes, California, just 30 miles south of Los Angeles.

Much has happened since Apple CEO Steve Jobs last appeared on the D stage. At that time, in May 2007, the iPhone had not yet arrived at market, the app ecosystem it would usher in was still gestating and the iPad was simply a long-running rumor.

So the conversation onstage focused largely on the iPod, iTunes and Apple’s (AAPL) relationship with the music industry, and the forthcoming launch of the iPhone. A few months earlier, Jobs had penned a widely read open letter, “Thoughts on Music,” calling on the “big four” music companies to sell their music without digital rights management. iTunes was already the world’s largest online music distribution system, so his thoughts generated quite a bit of discussion–and a fair bit of controversy.

More info – WSJ: All Things Digital