New, Free U2 Album for All iTunes Store Customers

One interesting thing about Apple’s presentation today was the announcement that the new U2 album would be free to every iTunes Store customer.

The Apple website says you’ll find it in your iTunes library, but this is only the case if you have iTunes in the Cloud purchases turned on, or iTunes Match. If not, you can grab the album in your Purchased list.

One brief note about the music. As has become common with pop music, this album is heavily compressed (dynamic range compression, that is; in other words, it’s loud). Have a look at the first track:

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In any case, if you’re a fan of U2, or if you’re not, grab the album for free. It’s interesting; while this may not be the biggest selling album of all time, it is likely to be the most widely distributed album, accessible to potentially 500 million people for free.

10 thoughts on “New, Free U2 Album for All iTunes Store Customers

  1. The compression in that waveform you illustrated is disgusting. I hate this trend towards making everything sound good in a noisy environment on $3 earbuds.
    I got a Shakira CD a couple of years ago and I read the credits and it was made in a bunch of the best known recording studios in the world. But it was EQd and compressed to the max so it didn’t matter that they used such good facilities. (Wasn’t well engineered on top of that).
    Got the U2 album, will listen in awhile.
    Thanks for the link to the PDF of the iPhone sizes. Want to cut them out and see if they fit in my short pockets 🙂

  2. The compression in that waveform you illustrated is disgusting. I hate this trend towards making everything sound good in a noisy environment on $3 earbuds.
    I got a Shakira CD a couple of years ago and I read the credits and it was made in a bunch of the best known recording studios in the world. But it was EQd and compressed to the max so it didn’t matter that they used such good facilities. (Wasn’t well engineered on top of that).
    Got the U2 album, will listen in awhile.
    Thanks for the link to the PDF of the iPhone sizes. Want to cut them out and see if they fit in my short pockets 🙂

    • The songs showed up 2 hours later. Songs are okay, though I expected a bit more from the long-time birthing by producer Danger Mouse.

    • The songs showed up 2 hours later. Songs are okay, though I expected a bit more from the long-time birthing by producer Danger Mouse.

  3. Given Apple’s exploitation of the Irish tax code to rip off governments and their taxpayers where Apple actually does business, this seems an appropriate Dickensian giveback.

  4. Given Apple’s exploitation of the Irish tax code to rip off governments and their taxpayers where Apple actually does business, this seems an appropriate Dickensian giveback.

  5. When I clicked on the Download All button to get the U2 album I got the following message in a pop-up window: This computer is already associated with an Apple ID. You can download past purchases . . . every 90 days. Etc, etc.” What to do?

  6. When I clicked on the Download All button to get the U2 album I got the following message in a pop-up window: This computer is already associated with an Apple ID. You can download past purchases . . . every 90 days. Etc, etc.” What to do?

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