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Almost lost in last week’s new iPod announcements was the iPod U2 Special Edition. In the days following Apple’s special event, the company has quietly updated the black-and-red model to bring it in line with the current “enhanced” fifth-generation (5G) iPod. Apple has also cut the price of the U2 iPod—from $329 to $279—to reflect the newly lowered price of the standard 30GB 5G iPods; the U2 iPod is still priced at a $30 premium over the regular 30GB model. The new version has a new model number to distinguish it from its predecessor.

While many of the new iPod features—3.5 hours of video playback, video games, support for 640x480 videos and Quick Scroll—are available to original 5G iPod owners thanks to a version 1.2 firmware update, the newly updated U2 iPod appears to be revamped and not just updated with firmware. Apple says on its website that the U2 iPod features a “new, brighter screen,” and the U2 iPod has a new model number (MA664LL/A) compared to the original fifth-generation U2 iPod released earlier this year (MA452LL/A). Apple’s web pages, however, make no mention of the iPod’s new Search feature, an apparent oversight.

The U2 iPod features an all-black enclosure with black stainless steel back, red Click Wheel, and engraving of U2 band member signatures, and comes packaged with an iTunes Store coupon that can be redeemed for a 30-minute video of U2 music videos and band interviews. Apple originally introduced the iPod U2 Special Edition, based on the fourth-generation iPod, in October 2004. It later gained a color screen and other enhancements, and was updated to the 5G iPod platform this past June.

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1

id really consider getting this ipod if the signitures were not on the back beacuse everyone is U2 is like 95 and there really not that great and yes i know thats my opioin thats why i said it

Posted by brennan on September 21, 2006 at 4:33 PM (PDT)

2

brennan: ummm, sure.
whatever that means. lol, dummy.

Posted by mu5ti on September 21, 2006 at 5:45 PM (PDT)

3

WAIT! With the new update you get 3.5 hr. playback w/ the 30 gb (original) 5G for videooooooo?

Posted by Matthew Ryan on September 21, 2006 at 5:47 PM (PDT)

4

That was a really insightful comment there. Especially with the lack of punctuation and all.

I don’t know why Apple is still selling U2 Special Edition iPods. They’re hideous and the last U2 album came out almost two years ago. It makes no sense in Apple’s current iPod line-up. I guess someone must be buying them.

Posted by Michael on September 21, 2006 at 5:48 PM (PDT)

5

and if they made a painc at the disco ipod [even with all my love for ipods] i would chuck across the street. because the guys in that band are like 5 years old. and they only whine and sound horrible live.

That’s my opinion. That’s why I said it.

Apple stills sells U2 iPods because U2 is one of the most well-known bands in the world.

-They have sold about 50.5 million albums in the US
-They have sold more than 170 million albums in the world
-They have won 22 Grammy Awards

Let’s see you do that.

Posted by U2 IS FOREVER on September 21, 2006 at 6:21 PM (PDT)

6

They should make a Mars Volta iPod. Now that would be genious! ALSO, U2’S time is up they’re just going to become another Rolling Stones making generic boring rock and selling music just because of their established name.

Posted by U2 is done on September 21, 2006 at 7:41 PM (PDT)

7

Um, yeah, apparently Steve Jobs thinks U2 is still pretty relevant so that should end the U2 hating right there.

Get a clue.

Posted by Lola Sanchez on September 21, 2006 at 8:23 PM (PDT)

8

u2, after making (still making) great music for more than 25 yrs, is still relevant. period.
they continue to be relevant because they have not stagnated.
they’re music keeps evolving.
if you don’t know this then you don’t know this.

if your band’s lead singer gets to be Time’s person of the year (2005), dooesn’t that say something great about your band?
i think it does.

Posted by devnull on September 21, 2006 at 9:58 PM (PDT)

9

What age group is Apple targeting with the iPod?

What age group listens to U2?

the whole special edition thing is lame. I say do a different band/musician each year, drop the “special edition” crap and turn it into “limited edition.” create demand where there isn’t one already. It’s working for A Bathing Ape.

Posted by Dustin on September 21, 2006 at 10:21 PM (PDT)

10

U2 is good, but this version of the Pod is a bit played (pun intended).  What would be nice would be an Artist (musical artist) Signature Line of Pods. They could be a unique color/logo and maybe add a short playlist of the musician’s fav tracks? On a different “note”, I hear that Apple will be releasing an all white Pod to commemorate the Beatle’s White album, and an all black Pod to commemorate Metallica’s Black album.  Has anyone else heard this rumour? Also, does anyone know if “gullible” is in the dictionary?  Thanks in advance.

Posted by Robert McQueen, Corpus C, TX on September 22, 2006 at 12:06 AM (PDT)

11

I Love U2, own all their records and agree that they still are relevant and making good music. Having said that I still think the U2 special edition iPod (or the XX singer special edition iPod) makes no sense at all. Why? Cause as everybody knows your beautiful iPod will get scratches only by looking at it, so it will end up in one of the thousands available iPod Case; that means no signature visible, no red click wheel visible….the special U2 iPod will look escatly like my standard Black iPod.

That’s my opinion, that’s why I said it.
Simone

Posted by smiduri on September 22, 2006 at 12:54 AM (PDT)

12

I think its time for a special edition Bob Dylan Ipod.  A cool black color with the Dylan logo on it…

http://stores.musictoday.com/store/product.asp?band_id=381&dept_id=874&pf_id=DYAM34&sfid=2

Posted by some body on September 22, 2006 at 2:02 AM (PDT)

13

What age group is listening to U2?
I’d say from 5 to 95! Everyone knows and listens to U2… at least here in Ireland wink

Posted by Matze on September 22, 2006 at 3:52 AM (PDT)

14

OMG if they came out with a mars volta ipod i would die and buy 545445444514 or at least a red hot chilli peppers one they have them on the front of the package and that’s a band i actually people listen from 5 to 95 unlike u2…stupid bono

Posted by OMFG on September 22, 2006 at 4:43 AM (PDT)

15

Whoever thinks 5 year olds or even teenagers listen to U2 is completely dillusional. U2 stopped being creative and ground breaking quite a long time ago. This iPod could have been believable back in the 80’s when this band was really popular but now they’ve just become another run of the mill uncreative rock n roll band.

Posted by U2 is done on September 22, 2006 at 5:14 AM (PDT)

16

Forgetting for a brief moment as to whose U2 is bigger, is iLounge saying within their blurb about the U2 iPod and version 1.2 firmware update that ALL 5G iPods now have the ability to QuickScroll through their music libraries? That’s how I am interpreting it. Am I off base here? Thanks.

Posted by Slats325 on September 22, 2006 at 6:27 AM (PDT)

17

I attended a U2 concert last year in London and most of the crowd was teenagers / youngsters.a stadium full of them. That probably shows how popular they really are among the younger generation

Posted by avid listener on September 22, 2006 at 7:35 AM (PDT)

18

I admire U2, Green Day and all those other campy mainstream bands for jumping on the bandwagon in having The White Stripes color-theme.  I guess it’s the hip thing to do.

Posted by Henry on September 22, 2006 at 7:44 AM (PDT)

19

Apple should make a deal with Apple Records, drop the U2 iPod and make a Beatles iPod.
No other band has had and maintained cultural popularity as the Beatles have.
Even with half their members dead, the songs are still popular and well selling.

It seems like a no-brainer.
Both are influential in their industry and both are very recognizable and iconic.

Posted by I. Neuton on September 22, 2006 at 7:49 AM (PDT)

20

...and both can’t stop suing each other for the “Apple” logo/brand/etc.

How does Apple choose which bands to support?  U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Dylan, and John Legend.  Yawn, yawn, yawn, and yawn.

“My opinion, that’s why I said it” is destined for greatness.

Posted by PushButtonAction in Atlanta, GA on September 22, 2006 at 8:26 AM (PDT)

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