Guess not too many Steely Dan fans in these parts.
Ok, well, Donald Fagen was Steely Dan’s lead singer and Steve Jobs was Apple’s lead “singer”, while Walter Becker and Woz were more the architectural and technical backbones of the products.
Becker and Fagen strove for perfection and an idealized sound. Jobs and Woz sought a perfect and idealized computing experience.
Steely Dan and Apple both achieved cult-like status very early on, due to the unique focused vision and attention to detail of their founders. They both produced sleek and clever products that ignored the mainstream and broke molds.
Woz and Jobs left the band at some point. Steely Dan broke up for a decade and reunited.
Hardcore fans of Steely Dan submit that their music is the crowning achievement of modern music. Diehard Apple fans feel that way about their products.
I'd like for the comparison to work, but it doesn't for me. Fagen and Becker were both creative individuals that were driven to perfecting their art. They both really had aspects of Jobs and Woz in them. Many people don't realize how many takes that Steely Dan did for each instrument of each song. Utterly amazing the level of perfection they sought. I think that Rick Beato has a great review of that on YouTube. Steve and Woz had more distinct roles for Apple.