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U2 Threatens to Release Album Early on iTunes

CowboyNeal posted more than 10 years ago | from the hurrying-to-market dept.

Music 572

Uninvited Guest writes "After a rough cut of U2's latest unfinished album was stolen earlier this week, the band has vowed to release the entire album on iTunes if the music appears on P2P networks. Bono told the London Daily Telegraph, 'If it is on the Internet this week, we will release it immediately as a legal download on iTunes, and get hard copies into the shops by the end of the month.' Is this the exact opposite of the Smashing Pumpkins' last album, which the band rushed to release on P2P networks, before it could hit the stores?"

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Dear God NO!!!! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775841)

For the sake of humanity... give them their CD back! DO NOT RELEASE IT ON THE INTERNET! The longer we can delay the release of U2's music, the better off we'll all be. They're serious about releasing it early!

My thoughts exactly (NT) (1)

mnemonic_ (164550) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775962)

no text, unfortunately. i'm a very busy man.

This is ashame (1)

Real Troll Talk (793436) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775843)

I love the Internet and peer to peer but I would hate to have pirates ruin great bands like U2 because of it.

Who knows, they might never make an album again out of frustration...

I don't understand. (1)

gantrep (627089) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775866)

Great bands....like U2?

YES YOU FUCKING HOMOSEXUAL (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775935)

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MUSIC-Grammy 2000 Record:
MUSIC-Grammy 2001 Rock Album:
MUSIC-Grammy 2001 Record:
MUSIC-Grammy 1987 Album of the Year
MUSIC-Grammy 1988 Best Performance Music Video
MUSIC-Grammy 1987 Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal
MUSIC-Grammy 1988 Best Rock Instrumental Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal
MUSIC-Grammy 2001 Pop Duo or Group with Vocals:
MUSIC-Grammy 2001 Rock Duo or Group with Vocals:
MUSIC-Grammy 2000 Song:
MUSIC-Grammy 1993 Best Alternative Music Album
MUSIC-Grammy 1992 Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal
MUSIC-Grammy 1994 Best Music Video, Long Form

Re:YES YOU FUCKING HOMOSEXUAL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9776016)

Your summation simply proves that the Grammys don't know shit about music. They know about mainstream, and that is about it.

Side note, yes, I liked earlier U2 (a lot), but they quickly lost their edge (pun intended). If you need to know their pinnacle, it was around the time you would dance in the mirror to their music.

YOUR POST PROVES YOU FUCK MARES (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9776043)

No, yuo.

Re:This is ashame (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775875)

I hate U2.

Bono is a hippie like all those Limosine Liberals who get off on Michael Moore's propaganda films.

Re:This is ashame (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775965)

I am really sick of hearing people bitch about Michael Moore. You stupid F*cks who actually put Bush in office, and now look where we are. God forbid that someone actually try and educate the public as to what filthy, corrupt leaders Bush and his cronies are. Honestly, Bono has done more to try and help out other nations than Bush has. And I really don't *CARE* that you don't like Bono or U2 -- 'cause from based off the other statement you made, you're an absolute moron, and that invalidates anything you could say

Re:This is ashame (0, Troll)

Pulse_Instance (698417) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776001)

Just because someone is a complete moron does not mean you should invalidate everything he says. It is very possible a complete moron, through stupidity could say something smart.

BONO ONLY CARES ABOUT NEGROES (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9776007)

Yeah the guy makes it SEEM like he gives a shit about people but when was the last time you saw him helping out AMERICANS in need?

He's always in AFRICA raising money for the dumbasses who can't stop FUCKING AIDS PATIENTS and monkeys or however the hell that thing spreads over there.

Re:This is ashame (0, Offtopic)

Pulse_Instance (698417) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776032)

If your sick and tired of it why did you post as AC FUCKWAD

Re:This is ashame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9776027)

As opposed to Limousine Conservatives?

You think Bush and Cheney care about workers or something?

Bush comes from a very elite New York family that is worth millions and millions of dollars.

You think a New York blue blood like Bush gives a shit about people like you?

Obviously not otherwise they wouldn't have consistantly given you the shaft for the last 4 years.

VOTE FOR NADER THEN YOU FUCKING FOOL (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9776058)

I hate how you liberals act like it matters. Rich guy #1 or rich guy #2? Take your pic, you fucking moron.

Bitch I'ma kill you! Like a murder weapon, I'ma conceal you
in a closet with mildew, sheets, pillows and film you
Buck with me, I been through hell, shut the hell up!

I threaten (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775850)

to fuck all of you in your ass!

Fuck off!

Re:I threaten (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775924)

maybe I will fuck off, what then AC asshole

Don't encourage them (0, Flamebait)

yoda634 (798015) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775852)

That's the last thing we need...more incentive for people to buy from iTunes...

Re:Don't encourage them (2)

character_assassin (773327) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775865)

Seriously, what's wrong with iTunes? Just wondering.

Re:Don't encourage them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775951)

the problem is the town bike, AKA: your grandmother, downloads from iTunes. This is a site for geeks we are supposed to be using things that regular people refuse to use. That is the probelm with iTunes! p.s. If you didn't get the town bike reference what I am saying is your grandmother got riden like the town bike p.s.s. if you still do not understand I am saying your gandmother is a whore who'd like the pen!s

Re:Don't encourage them (1)

yoda634 (798015) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776053)

I just don't like the whole concept of trying to make people pay something for nothing. You get no actual benefit over the less legal way, but Apple lines their coffers. I've got moral issues with corporatization like that.

sooo? (4, Insightful)

the_argent (28326) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775854)

If it's available for free on P2P networks, we'll make it available for people to buy online?

Just don't get that.........

Re:sooo? (2, Insightful)

ggvaidya (747058) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775876)

Presumably, the "real fans" will then buy it on iTunes rather than getting it from their favourite P2P program.

Re:sooo? (4, Funny)

EvilAlien (133134) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775918)

There won't be any "real fans" until U2 has a chance to overhype and overplay their songs in conjunction with movie soundtracks.

Re:sooo? (4, Insightful)

BlueCup (753410) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775960)

What's sad is it's the "real" fans that are going to be hurt by this. The fans that care enough about only hearing the finished product... to me this is like U2 pissing on their fans, all in the interest of making a few extra bucks.

Re:sooo? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775987)

what's sad is you.

"real" U2 fans would love to be pissed on by Bono.

Re:sooo? (5, Insightful)

GlassHeart (579618) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775915)

If it's available both legally and illegally, fans will be faced with the same old choice. History tells us that a good number still choose to buy.

However, if it's available only illegally, then a fan who wants to hear the album has no choice but to break the law. Having acquired the music, the fan will be less likely to pay for it when it is released legally.

Once you understand that this is not meant for the people who never would've paid for it, the logic becomes quite simple.

Re:sooo? (1)

MisanthropicProgram (763655) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775916)

A rough cut of the disk disappeared from a recording studio in Nice during a photo shoot. The band was putting together the finishing touches.

The download probably won't be as good as the finished product. Then again, the finishing touches are probably a bunch of layered vocals, guitars, and whatnot, so the advance copy would sound more like a live version, no?

Re:sooo? (2, Interesting)

Flower (31351) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775933)

Because then fans can support the band by buying the music instead of committing copyright infringement.

Sometimes things really are that simple.

Re:sooo? (1)

phalse phace (454635) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775937)

It's probably so people don't have to spend their time and energy searching for it on P2P networks. Also, they might advertise that it's safer (not to mention legal) to get it through iTunes instead as the files you're downloading through P2P networks might be of poorer quality, be a virus or something else rather than the actual song, etc.

As for the hard copy version, the plus is that it'll definitely be of higher quality since it won't be of a lossy format.

Re:sooo? (4, Insightful)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775948)

What choice do they have if it gets to P2P before any other channel? If they didn't release it on iTunes the ONLY way to get it would be illegally through P2P. Many people that would have just bought the album (given no other choice) would take that route. On the other hand if they release it on iTunes you capture part of that DL market. They were obviously already going to release it on iTunes at a later date, so there's no compromise of distributor deals, etc.

In other words you can either compete with the black market, or just roll over and play dead. U2 has decided to compete.

I don't get it (0, Redundant)

john_smith_45678 (607592) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775858)

So what if they release it on iTunes? What does it matter? Besides, it'll end up in P2P regardless.

Of course, I really don't care much about U2 at all.

Re:I don't get it (2, Interesting)

ggvaidya (747058) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775900)

I think the idea is that once it's out, it's out - in its present, incomplete form. Which must be really sad for the band.

On the other hand, bands like the Beatles used to *thrive* on bootlegs - session tapes would get stolen and circulated, and peoeple would STILL pay to see how the final copy came out.

Re:I don't get it (1)

rokzy (687636) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775947)

that's because most people (or me at least, YMMV) are willing to pay for things they like a lot.

I only have one illegal film on my hard drive. I saw it at the cinema, I have the soundtrack and I will buy the DVD when it's out.

shovelling shit down peoples' mouths can only work for so long, but if you make genuinely good stuff everyone wins.

Re:I don't get it (1)

john_smith_45678 (607592) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776028)

U2 is bluffing and/or just being silly (which they have a long history of - just look at their wacko politics). They'll go after what makes them the most money.

Re:"I don't get it"-Oh, that's a surprise! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775957)

Please keep you're lousy fscking blog promotion off Slashdot. If you can put a witty sig about Kerry in there, it would be good for a laugh. My guess is that you're as incapable of humor as you are incapable of appreciating decent music.

Re:I don't get it (1)

justins98 (316484) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776013)

I don't think it was meant as a threat. I think the logic is that if it becomes available for free, they need to release it for sale ASAP because if they wait a lot of people who would have paid for it will P2P download it for free instead.

ror (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775859)

omg wow!

spooked (0, Offtopic)

camzacid (734051) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775860)

ah seems that some one is a bit spooked by this whole thing.

The French (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775861)

Is there anything for which we can't blame the French.

U2 encouraging p2p? (5, Insightful)

prof_peabody (741865) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775864)

I think this just promotes a P2P release. Post it and we'll release it, almost a reward to the fans...

Re:U2 encouraging p2p? (4, Insightful)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775970)

Actually I almost wonder if the whole thing isn't a publicity stunt. It certainly has increased the media coverage of an album release that otherwise would have had about none. I for one would have had no idea U2 has released another album.

Re:U2 encouraging p2p? (1)

prof_peabody (741865) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776038)

I felt that way about the last radiohead album. You get a lot of press from incidents like this... I didn't even know they had a new album coming out.

Even worse threat (5, Funny)

cr@ckwhore (165454) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775867)

... and in a related article containing an even worse threat, "U2 Threatens To Release Another Album".

RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!! THE CRAPPY MUSIC COMETH!

Excellent Post! (1)

simetra (155655) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776009)

Bravo!

The only thing U2 is good for is a politically-correct answer for politicians to use when asked what bands they like.

I find Bono extremely annoying and self-important. Every song of theirs features the same annoying twang guitar chord. Thanks a lot "The Edge". What kind of name is that anyway?

The Brits are extremely pompous and annoying, but at least we can thank them for Led Zep, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Who, The Clash, and others. Ireland? Forget it. Stick a fork in it, it's done.

Er... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775869)

They're threatening to release the album in an unfinished state to stores because some poeple may or may not download it from P2P networks? I'll rush right out and buy that... not.

yawn (0, Flamebait)

TechnologyX (743745) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775870)

They can release it on Aimgrrl.com for all I care, only reason why that shit would ever be on my computer is out of spite.

Re:yawn (1)

Frogbert (589961) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775998)

Thats exactly right, I'm going to download it just so I can delete it.

Re:yawn (2, Funny)

BlueCup (753410) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776025)

One time in Reno, I downloaded a U2 album just to watch it be removed from my hard drive.

Threat? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775873)

I don't understand the threatening nature of the band's proposal to immediately make the album available on iTunes and later in stores when it is finished. Can someone explain ?

Wrong about Smashing Pumpkins (4, Informative)

Cyph (240321) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775874)

Smashing Pumpkins did not rush to release their last album on P2P before it hit the stores, rather, they used P2P as the *only* way to release the album. They sent out 25 vinyl sets of the album to various community members to get a P2P release going.

Re:Wrong about Smashing Pumpkins (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775932)

If someone has these songs from the pumpkins available, could you post a link?

Re:Wrong about Smashing Pumpkins (1)

Cyph (240321) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775952)

I don't have a direct link, but you might be able to find it on google. The name of the album is "Machina II - Friends & Enemies of Modern Music". Obviously you'll have better luck searching for "machina 2" or "machina II" or something.

Re:Wrong about Smashing Pumpkins (1)

prof_peabody (741865) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776000)

They can be found on Billy Corgan's site [billy-corgan.com] .

Re:Wrong about Smashing Pumpkins (1)

YOU LIKEWISE FAIL IT (651184) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776021)

Just FYI, that's not Billys site - he's over at BillyCorgan.com [billycorgan.com] .

Re:Wrong about Smashing Pumpkins (1)

YOU LIKEWISE FAIL IT (651184) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776003)

The Pumpkins, as I understand it, pushed Machina II out on P2P because Virgin were not interested in putting out another record in a similar vein after Machina I had done so poorly ( hell with that, I thought it was great. )

You can get it at beZip.de [bezip.de] , or from the Chicago Metro's website [metrochicago.com] , or finally from this fansite [billy-corgan.com] .

Try threading the tracks back into the original Machina order as given on Billys diagram [alkali.org] , and I, at least, find the story a bit easier to follow.

Bummer the Machina III remix album from the aborted animated series never got released!

-- YLFI

Re:Wrong about Smashing Pumpkins (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9776008)

magnet:?xt=urn:sha1:OU2VZ7J56WNM2W2DUAESH64HFIMBFS BV

What?! (3, Funny)

citadelgrad (612423) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775878)

Who would want to steal a U2 album? Now I'd steal a Jessica Simpson or Nick Lachey. Maybe a Brittney album. Yah! Like totally.

Speed up long awaited releases? (2, Insightful)

angrist (787928) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775884)

Ok, now someone please steal the next Tool record so we can all get it a couple months early.

Re:Speed up long awaited releases? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775930)

Yes, because tool is such a great band...

Re:Speed up long awaited releases? (1)

lowe0 (136140) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775988)

Ummm... I don't know if you've been paying attention, but the most popular artists out there are the likes of Britney Spears or Nelly.

On their own, they're already damn good. But compared to them...

Anyway, why the snide remark? What's wrong with Tool? They're one of the few bands that play complex music yet still rock hard.

Re:Speed up long awaited releases? (2, Interesting)

foidulus (743482) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775966)

Doubtful. They like to pain over every single second of that album until it is done...
Before Lateralus was released Tool, on their website, made a list of fake(well, they didn't say at the time they were fake) tracknames and some random music to go with them, just to see how far it would profiliferate on the P2P networks. Shame to, since RiverChrist sounded like such a cool trackname.
I would rather artists wait till they think their work is finished, they should have control over what they do and do not release....but maybe that is just me.

Smart move (1)

djkoolaide (729441) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775887)

If it appears on P2P networks, it will likely be at a low bitrate (128k MP3 or something around there). While iTunes is only 128k AAC, you're still guaranteed that the album has been ripped properly, not just by some kid on KaZaA. I will definately be getting it from iTunes if this happens.

Smashing Pumpkins "last album" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775888)

"Machina II: Friends and Enemies of Modern Music" was never, and was never intended to be, released in stores.

Here's what I think... (1)

Freudiandave (793760) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775889)

I think they like... think that doing this will somehow punish the person who stole the disc, to make sure it doesn't happen again... or something... Maybe Bono has just finally gone over that final bit of the edge...

Re:Here's what I think... (2, Funny)

Flower (31351) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775991)

Oh good grief. Thanks for the post. Now I got Sunday, Bloody Sunday running through my head with a new twist.

Bono's going to war against copyright infringement. Literally. Financed by Orrin Hatch. Somebody make it stop!

But Sonny Bono still owns you (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776017)

Bono's going to war against copyright infringement.

In this case Bono of U2 won't be the first Bono [wikipedia.org] to support strengthening copyright law.

Tonight's task (2, Insightful)

Chairboy (88841) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775895)

As someone who would like to hear the music soon, I'll be at home recording tracks of me singing 'yay, can't wait for itunes. C'mon bono, release it to itunes. La la la la!' for 4 and 5 minutes each, then name them after the album and use the songlist from Amazon.com.

Stage 2, post them to P2P programs but prevent anyone from succesfully downloading them.

Stage 3, wait until someone hired by the record agency finds them listed and assumes the worst. Presto! The songs are released to iTunes weeks early.

Mission accomplished.

Re:You forgot a step... (1)

xtermin8 (719661) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775993)

4. $$$$Profit$$$$

Re:Tonight's task (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9776014)

LOL!!
I'm dreading the day when Amazon stops posting track listings, though. Some things are just no fair.

Soooo... (1)

iamdrscience (541136) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775902)

Does this work the other way around as well? If it never appears on P2P networks will they delay the release of their album indefinitely? Please God, I hope so. I would give money to the RIAA to help keep this album off the networks if it meant no more U2.

Don't understand (4, Insightful)

rokzy (687636) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775905)

if it's a rough cut, then it won't be as good as the one you can buy.

if it's a practically perfect copy, then why haven't they released it already? (hint: outdated distributed method defended by useless middlemen unwilling to die gracefully)

maybe they're scared that p2p will allow people to "try before you buy", and just want people to be able to pay for it before they've heard it, cf MPAA wanting mobiles banned because people can talk to friends about crap movies as soon as they've seen it.

What a pity... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775909)

What pathetic soul would go and steal their CD, after they've spent years making it, only to have all of their hardwork flushed down the drain by some asshole who might release it on P2P networks. Anyone who steals U2's music on P2P networks (do you walk into a clothes store and swipe socks? No? Then don't do it on the internet you thief). Particuarly stealing U2's music considering they are pretty big charity givers and have given AIDS foundations millions.

Crappy Music (2, Funny)

lakiolen (785856) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775910)

It's the greater of two evils. Either wait a few months and have finished crappy music or have unfinished crappy music right now.

Two words: (5, Insightful)

vegetablespork (575101) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775921)

Publicity. Stunt.

Friends and Enemies of Modern Music... (3, Interesting)

Slime-dogg (120473) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775925)

You'd figure that it's all in the title of the Pumpkin's last album. The truth is that, though Billy Corgan loved the idea of free music, the band was only allowed to release it on-line after Virgin decided that they wouldn't make any money on it.

As it is, though the album has some great music on it, it is rough... very rough. Given the sales of Machina, which didn't exactly reach the figures that they wanted, F&E was released for free as high quality mp3's.

So, is U2 the friend, or the enemy of modern music? Is "modern" music that which is envisioned by the likes of Corgan, where expression is free in it's entirety, or is it that which rakes in the cash? I'd say that it's the former, since that's where the real expression comes out. U2's last album was somewhat of a whore for sales... it sounded nice and poppy, none of it was objectionable or edgy... and it sold a lot of copies. U2 is showing their true colors, now, by fleecing us with their name. Their music isn't special anymore, it doesn't have the content anymore, it's just meaningless pandering to the "modern music" crowds.

I'll stick with my Pumpkins for now.

Re:Friends and Enemies of Modern Music... (1)

Teancom (13486) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775992)

Are you kidding? U2's last good album was Joshua Tree. They haven't put out an album with more than one or two good songs since. To say that their last album is when they started fleecing us is to be off by a good fifteen years :-)

Oh, and the Pumpkins only have about six good songs. If you want a band that started out great and have just gotten better with age, try REM. Except for Monster, they can't seem to put out a bad album.

Okay, I think I'm done presenting my opinion as fact. Flame on!

Re:Friends and Enemies of Modern Music... (1)

CrabbMan (724775) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775995)

It's pretty disappointing that more bands didn't follow suit with the Pumpkins. I think bands and fans alike would be quite happy to break away from the Big 6; we just need more of the big bands to start the trend.

Personally, I'm pissed that we still let Ticketmaster rape us like they do. . . . would it really be that difficult to start up another ticket retailer online?

A fitting analogy (1)

[cx] (181186) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775928)

They think that by giving their album out online as a "legal download" it will discourage people to steal?

Maybe if a bank gets robbed before it opens they will say "To hell with the vault, we will just leave our money on the side of the road from now on, that will show them!"

U2 should stick to enviromentalism and anti-war semantics before trying ass backwards methods of "getting people back" for stealing their music.

Why they even care is beyond me, I thought U2 was all about "the message they represent" and not about the money. "People that care about people."

I thought you were cool bono!! COOOL!

Anyways thats all for me.

Mark as: Flamebait (1)

oasis3582 (698323) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775934)

Seriously people, since when does U2 suck? Oh yeah, since they tried to make some money off of thier album. And for the people that think the p2p version would be a treat, it is unmastered, and as Bono gets older, the cigarettes sink into the vocal cords, and production helps the music sound a lot better. Have you ever listened to an early EP of your favorite group? With a few exceptions, shoddy production can make for a shit record, no matter how talented a group is.

Re:Mark as: Flamebait (1)

Denyer (717613) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775997)

as Bono gets older, the cigarettes sink into the vocal cords, and production helps the music sound a lot better.

It'd still be interesting to have a comparative listening session... and I don't even listen to U2. I think I have one of their songs on a soundtrack.

I doubt the publicity will do the band any harm.

Re:Mark as: Flamebait (1)

Frogbert (589961) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776033)

And for the people that think the p2p version would be a treat, it is unmastered, and as Bono gets older, the cigarettes sink into the vocal cords, and production helps the music sound a lot better.

*sarcasm* Yeah this will really turn people off downloading it, just like how no one downloads CAM rips these days.

Senate bill needed... (5, Funny)

neil.pearce (53830) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775936)

A rough cut of the disk disappeared from a recording studio in Nice during a photo shoot .
It's clear that a photo shoot in Nice has proved itself to be a device that could be used to illegaly copy music. I propose an immediate Senate bill to ban such technology.

The band was putting together the finishing touches. Most of the album had previously been recorded in Dublin.
It's clear that being present in Dublin has proved itself to be a device that could be used to illegaly copy music. I propose an immediate Senate bill to ban such technology.

As the World Turns (1)

loid_void (740416) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775939)

We have seen the future and it is digital... u 2 can be there.

Value of unfinished album (1)

usefool (798755) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775940)

Unless U2 is releasing their unfinished album on iTunes (maybe with some rough cuts), it's not going to prevent the rough-cut version from being more popular than the complete album.

History tells us that incomplete things actually commands more value, like money notes, stamps etc.

The Smashing Pumpkins Last Album was NEVER... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775955)

released to stores. Can we check our facts before we post on the main page? I'd think the submitter would at least read the article he submited, but I guess even that's too much to ask for around here.

Also, dear god, whoever stole those files give them back or at least don't post them on the internet. If you post the files those IRISH terrorists have already won (by spreading their crappy music).

WTF are they thinking? (1)

hdd (772289) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775972)

They think the release groups care about it? The album will end up on p2p sooner or later, and there is not one damn thing they can do to stop this. Just relax and release the song ASAP and thus minimizing the effects of an early p2p release.

Great, so put songs on itune, so what? It's only goanna make Steve job the happiest guy on earth.

What? (1)

mboverload (657893) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775982)

How is that a threat? OMG PLEASE DON'T RELEASE YOUR SONG ON ITUNES! No! Don't Do it! I'm am so conused it can't be the bong

U2 Threatens to Relase (a new) Album (5, Funny)

Jesterboy (106813) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775984)

Am I the only one who read this headline "U2 Threatens to Relase (a new) Album"?

I suppose I just need to skim less...

All a big publicity gimmick? (2, Interesting)

SchnauzerGuy (647948) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775990)

A rough cut of the disk disappeared from a recording studio in Nice during a photo shoot. The band was putting together the finishing touches. Most of the album had previously been recorded in Dublin.
Maybe I'm a little cynical, but this sounds very fishy.

Why would U2 take the actual CD of their incomplete album to a photo shoot? And since it was a rough cut, it almost certainly was a CD-R, so you would think that any old blank CD disc would photograph just as well. U2 has been out of the spotlight for several years, and somewhat forgotten. Then all of a sudden, their CD is "stolen" and they are back in the news. And to top it off, they "threaten" to release their album early to foil those dastardly P2P pirates.

Re:All a big publicity gimmick? (1)

radish (98371) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776035)

I think you may be right, it may well be a setup. However, one explanation I can think of is that the CD just happened to be in one of the band member's bags or whatever - maybe they were listening to a new mix in the car on the way to the shoot? The article I read didn't suggest that the CD was involved with the shoot in any way, just that it was there.

To my thinking..... (-1, Troll)

tsmithnj (738472) | more than 10 years ago | (#9775994)

this is actually news for DORKS, not "news for nerds." I'm cancelling my subscription.....

It is a shame, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9775996)

how could the band let this happen? Why did they bring a copy of the album to a photo-shoot? For it to have gotten stolen, I assume they left it alone. One would think they would be smart enough to guard that disc at all costs.

Idiot! (1)

Luke727 (547923) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776011)

The Smashing Pumpkins' last album was never in stores. They made 25 vinyl prints, and told the fans to rip them and put them online. Their last studio album, which was released in stores, was Machina. The very last album, Machina II, was really just the leftovers of Machina (and a little new stuff), and Virgin didn't want to release it, so the Pumpkins said fuck it and put it out there for the people to hear. For the full details, please go here [spfc.org] .

Re:Idiot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9776050)

I found it odd that Virgin fucked it all up, because I think Machina II was far better than Machina I. Than again, Corgan wanted Machina II to be freely downloadable to whom bought Machina I-- as a marketing device (this is becoming the norm now, but was not done back than), but the record company and major music stores in Europe wanted to copies of Machina II to sell. SP got fed up with their label, and just released the music, since they no longer we obligated to make/release albums for Virgin.

To Quote: (0)

wobedraggled (549225) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776015)

"Fucking Brilliant"

You know it is bad when... (1)

twalls (789774) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776024)

A band threatens to release a new album.

*Pictures Bono holding Steve on the ledge while waving around an iPod.*

"Don't make me do it!"

Oh No! (1)

mojowantshappy (605815) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776026)

What the hell, U2 threatens to... release the album!!!! Holy crap!

all you can't leave behind (1)

slumpy (304072) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776044)

Hopefully the album was stolen by Father Lankester Merrin who'll know what to do with it.

If anybody has Nine Inch Nail's Bleedthrough (1)

john_smith_45678 (607592) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776048)

Let us know! It's supposedly basically done too, but will be undergoing editing/refinement/etc. in the future months (early 2005 release expected. WTF?).

BTW, is Trent Reznor on Doom3?

U2 sucks now anyways... (1, Insightful)

Mitleid (734193) | more than 10 years ago | (#9776049)

I'm usually not one to listen to popular music (not that I'm knocking it or anything.) Organic instuments never really appealed to me, but U2 is one of the few popular bands that I could always seem to get into. My musical tastes are mostly aggressive electronic music (industrial: Skinny Puppy, Haujobb, yadda yadda), so maybe I'm not the right person to be giving a critique on U2, but as far as I see things they've just totally sold out and shown that they seriosuly have no clue.

For example, take the release of their albumb POP back in 1997 or something. It was an interesting albumn; it sorta picked up where Zooropa had left off. It was a lot more "experimental" (at least for them) and just by listening to it I sort of got the felling that U2 didn't really give a fuck and just wanted to make the music they were inspired to make. Well, the critics and many of the fans totally wrote the album off as too "electronic", and a few years later U2 releases the completely horrid All That You Can't Leave Behind, which I never even had any interest in at all, but the songs I did hear were just so boring and cookie cutter. But the kicker is that the album went on to sell VERY well, not to mention a US tour with people willing to sell their momma's own titty just to get a ticket. Shocking!

Anyway, I think the "threat" of putting their new album on iTunes because it's been stolen just shows how out of touch celebrities get when they hit the big time. And I don't mean just famous; I mean HUGE. U2 has been a big band for nearly 20 years now, if not more, and as far as the politics that they might have been aligning themselves with before that association is obviously completely gone. Personally, I don't believe in that shit anyway, as politics in popular forms of entertainment seems to me to be just another marketing tool, but that's my own take on things.
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