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Free 'U2' album likely part of ad campaign that cost Apple $100 million

By Shawn Knight
Sep 14, 2014
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  1. There was much more to Apple's media event last week than the unveiling of two new iPhones and a smartwatch. Near the end of the keynote, CEO Tim Cook invited U2 on stage to perform for those in attendance. Afterwards,...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,550   +852

    Fun fact, much to my hatred, this album automatically turned up on my iphone without my knowledge or permission.
     
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Supposedly, the whole point of this is to lure people into creating iTunes accounts. That may not seem significant but when you make an account, you put in credit card info. This influx of new users will help make Apple Pay more robust I guess.
     
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  4. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 908   +384

    I wouldn't want anything on my device that I don't want. Especially the band youtube.
    Apple waisted a bunch of money that could have been used to LOWER the cost to the consumer for this
    MINOR upgrade. Just like Samsung, instead of innovating, they just release incremental updates with faster processors, or tighter pixel density screens, ripping of consumers because the Note3, or the iPhone5 is just as fast, just as clear as the next generation. Heck, other than benchmarks, I'd put my Huawei Ascend Mate2, with a snapdragon 400, 720p screen, JB4.3 up against this overpriced phones any day. Other than a gimmick here or a gimmick there, they all do the same thing but I could buy 2-3 of my device, for what it costs for a Note4 or iPhone6. I'd rather save the money than waste it on something that has no true benefit, other than the narcissistic need to "show it off" to the rest of the hipster world that you wasted a bunch of money for nothing.
     
  5. Another reason why iPhones are so overpriced...they have to pay huge fees to the likes of U2.

    And just look in the photo how Tim Cook and Bono are pretending to be best mates, lol.

    More fakery from Apple.
     
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  6. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 751   +270

    Exclusive to iTunes? Hahahahaaha Apple must not know how the internet works...
     
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  7. Yes it seems some people overpriced but you can sell years later much higher price than any other phones, so you can get back your money.
    Everybody has a dream Aplle same when Steve lived but not anymore.
    Much less innovation show clearer overpriced.
    Ovorpriced its only a feeling not a fact.
     
  8. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 305   +62

    What are some of the great U2 songs though?
     
  9. I read about this a few days ago, many people twittering tim cook asking how to get rid of the U2 malware infection.
    GG apple
     
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  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,684   +1,877

    Apple should have held a, "name the new U-2 album", contest. I'd have gone with, "Stick this up your iPhone, Why Don't Ya"! :p
    It could have been much worse, such as having a free Justin Beiber album show up on your phone without your permission. (With dishonorable mentions going to Britney Spears, Tiny Tim, and Tupac Shakur). [​IMG]
    Judging by this picture, I'd say you dodged a bullet!
    Gosh, I don't know. "Sunday Bloody Sunday", maybe?
    Congratulations! You've been voted the most inarticulate Apple fanboi ever!
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2014
  11. Apple Bloody Apple !
     
  12. Mandark57

    Mandark57 TS Rookie Posts: 19

    That album sucks! cost Apple too much.
     
  13. Mandark57

    Mandark57 TS Rookie Posts: 19

    U2 first four albums are SUPERB

    after that, they got into too much coke and other drugs and started sucking as they got wealthy.
     
  14. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Posts: 609   +61

    It bloody pisses me off, they downloaded without my knowing into my song list and now my song list pauses whenever it comes to a U2 song.
     
  15. 7vkweygfr

    7vkweygfr TS Rookie

    Don't talk crap about Tiny Tim; the man was a real musician and the very humble way he shared his genuine talent with the world deserves to NOT be categorized together with showbiz bimbos, like Spears.
     
  16. Captaincranky I dont think Apple need built into iPhone 6 the U2 bill, they has more than enough money.
    Its not fanboyism question but economy thing.
    2nd nobody will kill you if you buy another phone, there are many on market.
    Lot of cheap Chinese phones.
     
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,684   +1,877

    Maybe, but I'm still going with Britney and "Auto-Tune", for the win.:p[​IMG]
    With that being said, who knows how far Tiny could have gone, if he had modern recording techniques and hormone replacement therapy in his closet! (Oops, I meant "corner"). http://www.antarestech.com/
     

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