Digital Rights, Privacy, and U2 Forcing it’s Music on You Too


Digital rights is a fuzzy subject because we always click on the “terms of agreement” without actually reading through the endless pages of legal jargon that seeks to protect the property of the company you are buying from.

In a bold move Apple released U2’s new album on every iPhone in the world (as long as you had an active iTunes account, that is). 

I didn’t even know about this until just yesterday, and low and behold, U2’s new album! 


So, yeah. That happened.

At first I didn’t know what to think. Had U2 and Apple invaded my privacy and downloaded stuff onto my phone without my consent? Well, not exactly. Nothing about me or of mine was stolen or used without my consent. The files stay in the cloud until you agree to download it, so technically it wasn’t even on my phone. 

Even so, the prospect of what else the powers that be might be able to do with my phone without my consent is quite frightening, nothing bad happened. Hey, it was free music!

So being the consumer that I am I downloaded it and listened to the album.

I have to congratulate Bono and the rest of U2, because if they set out to create an album packed with nothing but B-sides, they succeeded in flying colors. 

Honestly, it may be one of the worst U2 albums I’ve ever listened to (and this coming from a U2 fan). Worse, it’s simply one of the worst albums I’ve ever listened to, period. It had two halfway decent songs on it, and that’s as nice as I’m going to get with my review of the songs.

Many people are offended that Apple pulled this stunt. I’m not. I find it an interesting use of technology, besides, they all clicked on the terms and services agreement without reading just like I did. Besides, iTunes has always (ALWAYS!) been a pain in the backside. What makes anybody think it would be any different now that they’re giving away free music?

I only wish it would have been a better album with better songs.



But I am curious. What are your thoughts? Did Apple have a right to force U2 on you? 

Do you feel your privacy was breached?

Do you agree with Bono’s claim that it’s just a bunch of Irish guys blood, sweat and tears? Or was he mistaken, and this is the blood, sweat and tears of countless millions crying out into the night, “Nooooo! Not U2 on my play list!”

Or do you just not give a fig?

I’m interested in your thoughts. Feel free to place them in the comments section below. 
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