U2 Say They Are Not Promoting Free Music With Free iTunes Album
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:36:19
Unless you are totally anti-technology and live under a rock at the bottom of the ocean, you are aware that rockers U2 gave away their new album Songs of Innocence to iTunes users last month. The album was automatically made available in iTunes libraries for users to download. [iTunes link]
Some Apple users were unhappy and were ungrateful about receiving the free album without their permission. Now artists are grousing and groaning over U2's actions, claiming that the band is encouraging the idea of giving away all music for free, which hurts up and coming acts just starting out, which obviously is the opposite of U2's status and stature in the rock pantheon.
U2 singer Bono told Q, "We're not giving it away. Apple are giving it away. That is really important. I'm against free music. But the idea that someone in, I don't know, Seoul, might just check you out because you're there and because it's a news story. And thank goodness Universal struck a deal. I mean it only goes to pay off our debt by the way. It's not going in our back pocket. The charts are broken. They do not measure what people are listening to and they do not measure people's passion in music. They do not measure people's desire to pay for that music and they should be respected for that."
U2's bassist Adam Clayton weighed in on the drama, saying, "I'm aware of it. It's kind of very predictable. There are people who will debate it till the cows come home. I'm not naive at this point. I know that it's cheeky on so many levels. But you know what? We'll take it on the chin."
If you are an iTunes user, were you happy or annoyed to get a copy of Songs of Innocence in your iTunes library?