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Apple event to feature a black U2 iPod?

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Monday, October 18, 2004
News Categories: iPod

“Rock band U2 has cut a deal with Apple Computer to sell custom iPods promoting the band’s forthcoming album.

Sources close to the group say the U2 edition of the popular digital music player will come preloaded with the band’s new album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, along with portions of the Irish supergroup’s 25-year catalogue. The iPods will be black and will be made available the same week as the band’s 11th studio album, which is slated to be released in the U.S. by Universal Music Group’s Interscope Records on November 23.”

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1

Wow!

I have nothing against U2, their music is decent, but i don’t think apple is going to market and produce a new line of iPods (or at least a new color for that matter) just for one band.  this seems a little out there.

There’s my 10 cents!

Posted by Fastfly17 on October 18, 2004 at 4:59 PM (PDT)

2

Yeah I would have to agree, apple does not favor one single band and make new ipods. Although in the past they have made custom ipod boxes, I doubt they would maufacture special edition ipods just for U2.

Posted by M Bargo in Chicago, IL on October 18, 2004 at 5:05 PM (PDT)

3

haven’t you thought of U2 just being part of this for media attention and initial buzz…?

I don’t think there will be a new line of iPods just for U2, but rather maybe some special edition iPod that U2 will help set off.

I sure hope they come up with something sleek and cool

Posted by SsnMx on October 18, 2004 at 5:16 PM (PDT)

4

How can it be preloaded? As soon as you plug the iPod to your computer, iTunes will delete the songs.

Posted by riffola on October 18, 2004 at 6:20 PM (PDT)

5

Man. I hate U2. Why do the U2 iPods have to be the cool color?

I wonder if they’re going to say U2 all over them…

Posted by Awesome-O on October 18, 2004 at 6:24 PM (PDT)

6

probaby the new album will be attached to the CD with iTunes. It is not a big deal. iPod gets famous from the fans of U2 and U2 gets famous from the fans of ipod. its all for commercial purpose.

Posted by lol on October 18, 2004 at 6:24 PM (PDT)

7

“How can it be preloaded? As soon as you plug the iPod to your computer, iTunes will delete the songs.”

iTunes 5…

What can I say, I’m an optimist.

Posted by Gendo Ikari on October 18, 2004 at 6:25 PM (PDT)

8

sounds good.

Posted by tj on October 18, 2004 at 7:05 PM (PDT)

9

Thank the lord for the delete key,

This is tacky marketing.. 

the sort of thing that a dinosaur rock band will do to try to stay young. Bono and edge your too old…

However a black Zimmer frame? now there’s an idea..

Pop music should have a sell by date,
cuz this groups starting to pong.

Posted by yellag on October 18, 2004 at 10:29 PM (PDT)

10

this is great. i love u2 and i cant wait to buy the new black ipod!

Posted by lk on October 18, 2004 at 11:06 PM (PDT)

11

U2 is gettin old. apple should integrate themselves into society in a wider scope, not just havin singer and company names printed on the back of ipods. Perhaps the U2 campaign is an attempt to draw in the older generations?

Posted by gh0st on October 18, 2004 at 11:12 PM (PDT)

12

A cool pod from a cool band.
But ain’t jealously a sad thing. U2 old? That’s because they’ve managed to last longer than that the usual few months of today’s bands.

Is anyone under the age of 30 producing anything of subsance these days anyway?

U2 are bigger than Apple, so it’s not surprising they are teaming up for this venture.

Good on ya boys. Keep on showing the youngsters how it should be done.

Posted by spot1701 in UK on October 18, 2004 at 11:21 PM (PDT)

13

“The sort of thing that a dinosaur rock band will do to try to stay young. Bono and edge your too old…” - yellag

“Perhaps the U2 campaign is an attempt to draw in the older generations?”. - gh0st

Gimme a break… What are you guys, fifteen years old?  Comments like yours means you’re too young.  So what if they’ve been around?  Open your mind up to some different music.  Some of the best bands out there have been around for awhile and know a lot more about making good music compared to so many of the stupid teeny/college frat crap bands that wouldn’t know their butt from their elbow when it comes to good sound.  And no, I’m not old, unless someone in their twenties is old to you.

Posted by ZT on October 19, 2004 at 2:05 AM (PDT)

14

Gh0st - ignore the asterisks next to your name in my message above… I don’t know where they came from.

Posted by ZT on October 19, 2004 at 2:07 AM (PDT)

15

Well maybe this isn’t a special U2-iPod at all…

What if this is actually the unveiling of the 60GB ipod with the rumoured $499,- price tag that is currently missing in the line up?

U2 would bring in the older music fans who have the money to actually but this sucker…I mean, how many teens will buy a 500$ iPod?

I bet that’s what it is…

Posted by aptmunich on October 19, 2004 at 2:13 AM (PDT)

16

> What if this is actually the unveiling of the 60GB ipod with the rumoured $499,- price tag that is currently missing in the line up?

Holy crap $499?!? That’s a lot of cash.

i just expanded my old 5GB 1G to 40GB for $130. I look forward to dropping in a new 60GB drive for around $160 within 6 months. I think Apple is really price gouging for the extra capacity!

Posted by hella cash on October 19, 2004 at 2:16 AM (PDT)

17

why don’t you all send an email to apple telling them to get with the times and bring out a Nelly iPod raspberry

Posted by bugless in Australia on October 19, 2004 at 2:18 AM (PDT)

18

U2 is a good choice, although not one of my favorites.  At least they will still be ROCKIN’ when today’s flashes-in-the-pan” are residing in the “where-are-they-now” file.

Posted by The Raven in USA on October 19, 2004 at 3:38 AM (PDT)

19

Oh, yeah.  It’s kind of funny how today’s “artists” have to sample classic riffs from the “old geezers” in order to have hit song!

Posted by The Raven in USA on October 19, 2004 at 3:40 AM (PDT)

20

Apple says, Achtung, baby.

Posted by Obadiah on October 19, 2004 at 3:53 AM (PDT)

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