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U2 -- "Songs of Innocence" -- New album released for free on iTunes -- 9/9/2014

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U2 -- "Songs of Innocence" -- New album released for free on iTunes -- 9/9/2014

From pitchfork:
At an Apple event held today in Cupertino, California, U2 both announced and released their new album, Songs of Innocence. (That's the cover, above.) The follow up to 2009's No Line on the Horizon is available for free, right now, for anyone who uses iTunes, iTunes Radio, or Beats Music. It will be an Apple exclusive until October 13, when it will receive a physical release. You can watch an ad for the album here.
The album was recorded in Dublin, Los Angeles, and New York, and was produced by Danger Mouse, as previously reported, as well as Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood.

The physical release will come with a 24-page booklet, while a deluxe edition includes acoustic versions of the album's songs along with four bonus tracks: "Lucifer's Hands", "The Crystal Ballroom", "The Troubles" (Alternative version) and "Sleep Like a Baby Tonight" (Alternative Perspective Mix by Tchad Blake).

Apple's Tim Cook called this "the largest album release of all time."

At the Apple event, U2 performed the album's first track, "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)".

Songs of Innocence:

01 The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)
02 Every Breaking Wave
03 California (There Is No End To Love)
04 Song For Someone
05 Iris (Hold Me Close)
06 Volcano
07 Raised By Wolves
08 Cedarwood Road
09 Sleep Like A Baby Tonight
10 This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now
11 The Troubles.
Old 09-09-14, 02:39 PM
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I know something non-traditional was coming, but this is a surprise. Can't wait to give it a whirl tonight.
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Too bad they didn't include Invisible on the album... that being said though, I'm half way through and this is already leap years better than No Line... and I really like No Line!
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How to move 4 million albums without people even knowing they bought it.
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Wow. This is pretty amazing so far.
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Re: U2 -- "Songs of Innocence" -- New album released for free on iTunes -- 9/9/2014

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Apple's Tim Cook called this "the largest album release of all time."
Of course he did. That doesn't mean all 500 million iTunes users are going to listen to it more than once, if that.

But still, free music I'll check it out.
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I like it actually. I haven't like an entire U2 album since Achtung Baby and the last two are so horrid that I don't consider them music. I will have to get the CD release to get the bonus songs in October.
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Yeah this is a lot more listenable than their last album so far.
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So the album is already in your Library pre-purchased?
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So the album is already in your Library pre-purchased?
It shows as purchased if you look in the iTunes store, and it says it should automatically show up on your device or iTunes library (and you download or play from the cloud there), but I'm not seeing it anywhere.
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You can burn it to disc like anything else on iTunes?
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You can burn it to disc like anything else on iTunes?
Yep. I just downloaded the 256kbps AAC files.
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It shows as purchased if you look in the iTunes store, and it says it should automatically show up on your device or iTunes library (and you download or play from the cloud there), but I'm not seeing it anywhere.
I had a really hard time finding it. Only the digital booklet showed up in my library. The store had no links to download it.

Finally, after clicking on "My Account" and then "Purchases" several times, it popped up there. I have it downloading right now.
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Yeah, I restarted iTunes and it showed up in my library.
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Weird. I'll have to try that.

So I know that when Lady Gaga's Born This Way debuted on Amazon MP3 for $.99, every copy counted as a full-price sale (with Amazon making up the difference in every purchase). I wonder what the financials are here and if they're going to count as "album sales" in this case. They shouldn't.
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Re: U2 -- "Songs of Innocence" -- New album released for free on iTunes -- 9/9/2014

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Weird. I'll have to try that.

So I know that when Lady Gaga's Born This Way debuted on Amazon MP3 for $.99, every copy counted as a full-price sale (with Amazon making up the difference in every purchase). I wonder what the financials are here and if they're going to count as "album sales" in this case. They shouldn't.
Wonder how much Apple paid them off to do this. Whatever it was it probably exceeded what they would have made off a regular release.
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^ absolutely. Money's in the ticket sales anyway.
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Love the whole album... Cedarwood Road and Iris (Hold Me Close) are the standouts for me so far. Definitely getting the deluxe version the day it comes out.

On my phone I had to go into Purchases and Not on this iPhone to find the download link.
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Damn. I need to give this another proper listen with headphones. I just listened on the laptop through it's crappy speakers . Because....I hated it. It was so bad (IMO) that I thought maybe this was a B-side/extra tracks album until the proper one is finally released.
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Re: U2 -- "Songs of Innocence" -- New album released for free on iTunes -- 9/9/2014

Happy to get a free U2 album. Even happier because this should mean that the U Talkin' U2 to Me? podcast should resume soon.

http://www.earwolf.com/show/u-talkin-u2-to-me/
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Can't see the album on any of my Apple devices. Really fucking annoying.
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Is there an artist entry for "Various"? For some reason it's showing up in there then once it downloads it's properly in the U2 heading.
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Can't see the album on any of my Apple devices. Really fucking annoying.
I can't find my brand new, free U2 album that I was totally unaware of this morning on any of my assorted Apple devices!


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Re: U2 -- "Songs of Innocence" -- New album released for free on iTunes -- 9/9/2014

Just listened to the whole thing. Not sure what I think. Some good songs and some that didn't grab me immediately. Volcano was a good one right off the bat, IMO.

I can say that it's very well produced and mastered. It actually is dynamic and not squashed to oblivion. I definitely didn't expect that.

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