U2 gives away new album for free, click here to get it

b3john

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Yeah, that should have read million. My bad.
I'm not sure about that number being the entire ad promo including iPhones. The way I read it, and the details are murky, is that Apple paid U2 and Universal a blanket royalty and commitment to a global ad campaign for U2. No mention of what, if any, Apple tie ins will be in the commercial, though I'm sure there will be some.
I think someone in the tech press got confused trying to their story posted quickly, then the error gets repeated by lazy reporters (something that would never happen to an actual journalist).

Personally, I trust the WSJ on money matters:

U2, Apple and the Deal Behind Getting ‘Songs of Innocence’ Free of Charge - Speakeasy - WSJ

WSJ.com said:
As part of the deal forged by the band, manager Guy Oseary (hired by U2 last year to replace longtime manager Paul McGuinness) and Universal, Apple also made plans to use the first single from the album, “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone),” as a central element of a global, 30-day television advertising campaign for its new iPhones and Apple Watch. The campaign is believed to be worth around $100 million, according to a person familiar with the talks.
Let's just say that U2 has made out very well, as has their record company.
Indeed.
 

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I knew they were giving the album away already, but it wasn't until recently that I realized that they were forcing it on everyone. I was just minding my own business, listening to my music on shuffle and all of a sudden, BAM there's some U2 out of nowhere. Apparently it autodownloaded onto my iCloud. anyone know how to get rid of it?
I'd tell you, but for sake of your personal safety won't.

My friend managed to purge it from his iCloud, but later that afternoon the doorbell rang and when he answered it, Bono was standing there with Adam Clayton. Without uttering so much as a word, they began beating my friend mercilessly... he's still in the hospital. Last thing he saw before he passed out was them pulling away in a Bentley being driven by Edge.

You don't have to listen to it. But to delete it? Bye, bye, Sus!

--R :laugh2:
 

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Yep, not a chance.

The rest of the guys are OK (does anyone even know the drummer's name???) and seem like decent guys, but Bono is an insufferable fvckwit.
Edge spent a few years trying to shove a McMansion development in the hills above Santa Monica/Malibu that had been declared a sensitive environment.
 

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I'd tell you, but for sake of your personal safety won't.

My friend managed to purge it from his iCloud, but later that afternoon the doorbell rang and when he answered it, Bono was standing there with Adam Clayton. Without uttering so much as a word, they began beating my friend mercilessly... he's still in the hospital. Last thing he saw before he passed out was them pulling away in a Bentley being driven by Edge.

You don't have to listen to it. But to delete it? Bye, bye, Sus!

--R :laugh2:
Turns out there's a fun little slider thingy to purge all of my iCloud music from the app on my phone. No more U2 for this guy! :D

Until Bono and the Edge hunt me down, of course... :shock: :laugh2:
 

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Well, never mind that. It worked for most of the songs, but when I turned off the icloud thing, two of the songs automatically downloaded on my phone and it's impossible to delete them. Ugh.
 

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Well, never mind that. It worked for most of the songs, but when I turned off the icloud thing, two of the songs automatically downloaded on my phone and it's impossible to delete them. Ugh.
And now they're coming for you! :shock:

You never listen to me. Just never did. It's been like beating my head against a wall... :facepalm:

Nice knowin' ya, Sus... :sadwave:

--R :laugh2:
 

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And now they're coming for you! :shock:

You never listen to me. Just never did. It's been like beating my head against a wall... :facepalm:

Nice knowin' ya, Sus... :sadwave:

--R :laugh2:
Dang... At least write me a eulogy or send me one of those food bouquet thingies... :laugh2:
 

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Well, never mind that. It worked for most of the songs, but when I turned off the icloud thing, two of the songs automatically downloaded on my phone and it's impossible to delete them. Ugh.
Settings -> iTunes & App Store -> Automatic Downloads... Turn off "Music"
 

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Settings -> iTunes & App Store -> Automatic Downloads... Turn off "Music"
Just tried turning that on and off a few times, and they're still there.

And that's even after deleting it from my purchased music folder thingy in itunes and pretty much everywhere else I could.
 

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Turns out that my problem is that since songs 2 and 5 got played when I was on shuffle, something made it so that they're now stuck on there semi-permanently* due to Apple's craziness

*basically it means it's permanent until I somehow manage to accidentally delete it off my phone in some random stroke of brilliance :dunno: :laugh2:
 

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Just tried turning that on and off a few times, and they're still there.

And that's even after deleting it from my purchased music folder thingy in itunes and pretty much everywhere else I could.
Turn that off (and leave it off IMO). Then remove the songs and they shouldn't reappear.
 

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no knock against bono. its great he chooses to feed others or support some cause rather than b uy another airplane, yacht or private island.
but it is kinda apples and oranges.
No, it f**king isn't.

And he doesn't just sign cheques. He organises and puts himself out there. I remember his comments after meeting with Putin and co. He was widely sh1t canned for 'compromising' himself to do this, but as he said, doing that public meeting got part of the charity result they were aiming for. So the compromise was part of the price.

But what most irritates those who like to hate him is that he uses his bully pulpit to keep talking about this stuff. F**k them and the horse they rode in on.

For goodness sake, it's free music if you want it. If you don't, don't play it.
 

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I thought I read a week ago they released their new album and it flopped.
So, might as well give it away.
 

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In fairness.... I actually kinda like the album. Initially I only liked the first two songs but the more I listen to it it has actually grown on me. It shouldn't be forced on anyone as if it was an artist I didn't already slightly like I would be very miffed too but it'd actually not bad. I think I prefer the Joshua tree though
 


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