Apple Gifts New U2 Album 'Songs of Innocence' to iTunes Store Customers

Apple Gifts New U2 Album 'Songs of Innocence' to iTunes Store Customers

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Apple, Universal Music Group and legendary rock band U2 today announced the release of the album 'Songs of Innocence,' which Apple is gifting to iTunes Store customers around the world, making it the largest album release ever with over half a billion copies distributed. The album features 11 new songs from the band and charts their earliest influences from 70s rock and punk rock to early 80s electronica and soul. The album is free for iTunes Store account holders in 119 countries and is available exclusively on iTunes for the next five weeks.

Apple Gifts New U2 Album 'Songs of Innocence' to iTunes Store Customers

“From the very beginning U2 have always wanted our music to reach as many people as possible, the clue is in our name I suppose—so today is kind of mind-blowing to us. The most personal album we’ve written could be shared with half a billion people… by hitting send. If only songwriting was that easy,” said U2 lead singer Bono. “It’s exciting and humbling to think that people who don’t know U2 or listen to rock music for that matter might check us out. Working with Apple is always a blast. They only want to do things that haven’t been done before—that’s a thrill to be part of.”

“U2 has been an important part of Apple’s history in music and we’re thrilled to make ‘Songs of Innocence’ the largest album release ever,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We get to share our love of music today by gifting this great new album to over half a billion iTunes customers around the world.”

“Songs of Innocence” features 11 new songs from the band and is their most personal work to date, charting their earliest influences from 70s rock and punk rock to early 80s electronica and soul and giving insight into how and why the band came together and the relationships in and around them, their family and friendships. Recorded in New York, London, Los Angeles and Dublin the album is produced by Danger Mouse, along with Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood.

Apple is gifting “Songs of Innocence” to iTunes Store account holders. Customers who sign up for an iTunes Store account in the next five weeks will also get the album as a gift. “Songs of Innocence” is also available to stream via iTunes Radio and will be available on Beats Music.

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Apple Gifts New U2 Album 'Songs of Innocence' to iTunes Store Customers
Intrusive - September 11, 2014 at 12:50am
Also, UMG is absolutely awful. Just when you think they can not get any worse, they've found a way by shoving garbage down our throats. The world would be a better place without this greed based corporation. Gift.... Riiiight. Next level intrusive markerting ploy.
Intrusive - September 11, 2014 at 12:45am
Get these u2 links off my phone!!! So intrusive having to scroll past this spam I did not ask for and do not want to get to my music. Pushing stuff onto my phone without consent makes me lose a great deal of respect for apple. LAAAAAAAAME
Gu - September 10, 2014 at 1:23pm
So is Apple...what's your point? I think Obama is terrible too. Your still on here and probably buying all their devices, but you won't get a free album? You give republicans a bad rap, if you are one.
Ken - September 10, 2014 at 3:12pm
Go troll elsewhere.
ratGT - September 10, 2014 at 9:35am
Go it on all 3 of my devices 5 minutes after the end of the presentation
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