Sunday, October 19, 2014

Because Awesome. Love, Bono and the Boys.

Do you remember that time that we all woke up one September morning to the news that there was an early Christmas present in the form of U2'S LATEST ALBUM waiting for us in our itunes accounts FOR FREE and the world freaked the hell out - WITH RAGE!?

Seriously? I am exhausted by the constant need to defend our boys Bono, The Edge, Larry, and Adam and their quest for world peace and oh, I dunno, music for all!? Do I think it devalued their music by making it free and accessible to all? Mayhaps. The people who love their music will continue to buy their music. And for the record, the folks who love their music will also acknowledge that while this isn't their best album, it's still pretty damn good and worth listening to, like a lot. And the people who don't will complain about this being a crappy album, as well as an invasion of privacy and will most likely never invest in any of their music moving forward. And truth be told they probably wouldn't have invested in their music anyway so you can't really say those are lost sales or devaluing...

And it's not just that those folks are pissed that U2's music had been forced upon them, but it was also apparently the fact that they could not believe that Apple had the ability to go into their accounts and add tunes that they had not asked/paid for. Um, duh. In this day and age I figure who doesn't have the ability to get into our accounts that we so naively keep locked away with complicated passwords.

Do you blame U2 with their audacious presumption that the world will want to listen to their music whether they like it or not? Or do you celebrate them for giving their music away for freaking free when they could have made millions. Think about it. The arguments about the album Songs of Innocence by the way,  taking up room in their accounts or having to use up precious bandwidth to figure out how the hell to delete it from their accounts are weak to say the least. And tonight this ridiculous exchange happened.....

He was like.... I think a lot of people felt it was an invasion of privacy similar to hacking (especially in the midst of The Fappening) - it showed that someone, even a ROCK BAND, could just pop themselves right into your tech. Nicole - could U2 not have achieved the same result of making you happy by announcing "come to website X and download our free album IF you want it?"
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And I was like.... It's not like Bono and The Edge stayed up late night hacking away until they finally found a way in to everyone's account. Damn the man (Apple) not the band! Also Eric, yes, I would have been plenty stoked to download it upon announcing that it was free! Just like they did when they released Invisible earlier this year. But it was like Christmas morning when I went to my account and it was already in there! I admit if a Taylor Swift album was announced as a free download I'd be like huh, cool, but not for me. And if Taylor Swift just showed up in my iTunes I'd be like huh, it's free and there guess I'll give it a try... Then I'd delete 
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 And then he was like... I'm not suggesting any sinister intent from the band, or even from iTunes, but I think that's irrelevant here. The fact that systems could so easily be compromised scared people, because if this could happen, imagine what the people who DO have bad intentions are capable of. It could have been someone uploading the cure for cancer and a whole bunch of people still would have freaked over the intrusion.
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And then I was like... I guess I'm just of the mind that if it's on the interwebs (like iTunes accounts and I dunno Facebook accounts) then it's pretty much accessible to anyone who really wants to get in there, especially the host site. All this to say I was not in the least bit surprised to learn that Apple has the ability to put unsolicited music into my account. I kinda thought they've been doing it all along bc I've come across some weird stuff in my account that I'd hate to take responsibility for...
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