iTunes Users Downloaded U2's 'Songs of Innocence' 26 Million Times, 81 Million 'Experienced Songs'

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    U2's partnership with Apple that saw its latest album, "Songs of Innocence" distributed for free to iTunes users appears to have been a wild success, with the album reaching more than 81 million Apple customers across iTunes, iTunes Radio, and Beats Music.

    Eddy Cue, Apple's iTunes chief, told Billboard that the album had been downloaded in its entirety more than 26 million times since its September 9 release, and that more than 81 million customers had "experienced songs" from the album.

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    During Apple's September 9 keynote event, Bono took the stage with Tim Cook to announce that the "Songs of Innocence" album would be available at no cost to 500 million iTunes customers. Apple even went so far as to push the album to iTunes accounts, causing some devices to download the album without explicit user permission.

    There was some backlash over the automatic downloads, prompting Apple to create a tool to allow users to remove the free U2 album. Despite the negativity over auto downloads, Apple announced that "Songs of Innocence" had been "accessed" by more than 33 million customers just under a week after it had been made available.

    Apple's deal with U2 and Universal Music Group is worth an estimated $100 million and is said to be part of a "long-term relationship" that will see U2 continuing to work with Apple to promote innovation in music.

    Article Link: iTunes Users Downloaded U2's 'Songs of Innocence' 26 Million Times, 81 Million 'Experienced Songs'
     
  2. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

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    "how many times it was deleted" is the real statistic I want to see.
     
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    I don't think it really counts as being "downloaded" if it's automatically put in people's libraries.
     
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    lol.. wild success.... any album would be a 'wild success' if it was forced onto every single Apple account whether you wanted it or not...

    seriously, U2 are nowhere near as relevent as they used to be... this album proved it... only way it could get big sales was by forcing it on people.
     
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    I think I need to seek counseling because seeing this as "news, or a rumor" makes me irate.

    I probably count in this statistic for accidentally downloading U2's crap album. Wouldn't want it even if someone paid me.
     
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    I really enjoyed getting a free album but it was kind of forced which made me kind of not like it.
     
  9. MellowFuzz macrumors 6502

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    Lame. Investors' money poured down the drain. Would rather it paid for a heck of a lot more software development and testing.
     
  10. tkermit macrumors 68040

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    to see it in video was even worse... :eek:
     
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    U2 was only relevant to frat boys.

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    Not me, didn't bother. Maybe I'm too hipster, it seemed when they threw a free album at me, I had to do everything in my power to not listen to it.
     
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    It's the real statistic they don't want you to see.
     
  16. Olivier Giround macrumors member

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    I have a boner for Bono!

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  17. d4rkc4sm macrumors 6502

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    the whole buildup was awkward
     
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    instead of rock 'horns' it looks a bit like an ET 'ouch'.
     
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    it still blows my mind that apple was the one who had to pay and not the other way around as in U2 paying apple to push the SPAM to everyones device
     
  21. Rogifan macrumors Core

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    I'd love to know how many downloaded it and kept it. My guess is not many.
     
  22. Jsameds macrumors 68040

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    Would be brilliant if they did the same with their next album. Watching the internet fall apart once because of a free album was hilarious, twice would just make my whole year haha :D :p
     
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    "Experienced songs"? That sounds like trauma or something.
     
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    You still had to download the music to listen to it, so I assume that's where the number is from.
     

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