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    Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:36:19

    U2 Say They Are Not Promoting Free Music With Free iTunes Album - See Bono's rationale for their automatic iTunes delivery of "Songs of Innocence"

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    • U2 - CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) greets the crowd with U2 singer Bono (R) as The Edge looks on during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. Apple unveiled the Apple Watch wearable tech and two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
    • U2 - CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) greets the crowd with U2 singer Bono (2nd R) as The Edge (2nd L) and Larry Mullen Jr look on during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. Apple unveiled the Apple Watch wearable tech and two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
    • U2 - CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) announces the free download of the new U2 album on iTunes as members of U2 The Edge (2nd L), Larry Mullen Jr (C), Adam Clayton (2nd R) and Bono as and look on during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. Apple unveiled the Apple Watch wearable tech and two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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    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?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    10.01.14



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