p2pnet.net News:- Apple’s close relationship with Universal Music Group (UMG), a member of the Big Four record label cartel, has been underscored by the release of the U2 iPod.
The U2 Special Edition is part of a partnership between Apple, U2 and Universal Music Group (UMG) “to create innovative new products together for the new digital music era,” says Apple on a fulsome promo page.
France’s UMG and its cartel associates, Sony-BMG (Japan, Germany), Warner (USA) and EMI (UK), are relentlessly victimizing people, including children, they suspect are sharing files on the p2p networks in a sue ‘em all campaign that isn’t even working, states a new report.
“U2 and Apple have a special relationship where they can start to redefine the music business,” Jimmy Iovine, Chairman of UMG’s Interscope Geffen A&M Records, is quoted as saying.
Iovine appeared with HP boss Carly Fiorina during an on-stage farce when she announced her plans to try to control what her customers do with equipment they buy from HP via DRM.
“We want our audience to have a more intimate online relationship with the band, and Apple can help us do that,” said U2 lead singer Bono.
“U2 is one of the greatest bands in the world and we are floored to be working with them,” said Apple ceo, Steve Jobs.
By an amazing coincidence, U2’s single Vertigo is available exclusively in the US through the iTunes Music Store.
It’s also online via the p2p networks.
And by another amazing coincidence, “Apple and U2 have created a breakthrough television ad featuring U2 band members performing their new single ‘Vertigo”,” froths Apple, going on:
“The ad is a cross between Apple’s award-winning ‘Silhouette’ ads and a music video.
The promo blurb doesn’t mention the appalling Apple / Pepsi / RIAA iTunes (and, hence, iPod) advertising campaign in which teenaged victims of the RIAA’s sue ‘em all war were paraded as dupes before this year’s Super Bowl audiences.
And by a third amazing coincidence, Apple is boosting what it calls “The Complete U2” digital box set of 400 lossy mp3 tracks on iTunes in the US and Europe for a trifling $149.
promo page – Apple Introduces the U2 iPod, October 26, 2004
isn’t even working – P2p file sharing is thriving, p2pnet, October 27, 2004
via DRM – Telling it like it isn’t, p2pnet, January 11, 2004
appalling – Pepsi-iTunes Super Bowl ad blasted, p2pnet, January 31, 2004