Of course, he then showed the icon in question by surprising us with a piece as unimaginative as a simple musical note inside an ambiguous blue circle.
Apart from the initial impact of this unexpected change of direction after ten years with the different variations of the old icon, what doesn’t enter my head personally is, put to make a clean slate, how the people at Apple came to agree that a musical note can represent an application where the music (despite still having a considerable specific weight) is just one more of its functions as a multimedia hub and synchronization of devices.
Of course, while some users like Joshua Kopac have conveyed their discomfort to Jobs through emails that the CEO has diligently answered with a “We disagree.” , others have set about creating alternative icons to replace the new one. I recommend you take a look at Dribbble, deviantART or Weloveicons.
Update: I’ve found the perfect icon (in my very humble opinion) to replace the new one. It’s based on the QuickTime X icon so the two make an ideal match.