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Bits of circumstantial evidence set the Apple rumor mill churning on Wednesday, with reports hinting U2 is somehow connected with the company's Sept. 9 media event expected to bring word of a new iPhone lineup.




As discovered by The Sunday Times, the rock band closed down Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin, Ireland last week to shoot a video some suggest ties in with Apple's iPhone media event.

Music promoter Stephen Browne managed to sneak a blurry-cam photo of the scene, saying on Twitter, "Looks like @U2 new album maybe preloaded on to iPhone6. The focus of the 'video' on the bridge last week was a phone." Seen above, the picture does appear to show a phone, though the "evidence" is anything but conclusive.

With the "iPhone 6" expected to be a highlight of next week's gathering, rumblings out of Dublin claim Apple will preload U2's upcoming album on one or more handset models, a move that would be unprecedented for a company intent on keeping "bloatware" down to a minimum.

Another rumor from Twitter came from CNET reporter Shara Tibken, who heard tell that U2 frontman Bono might make a special appearance at the Sept. 9 event, possibly as a performer. It has been speculated that a two-story structure Apple built outside of Flint Center -- the Sept. 9 event cite -- could serve as an impromptu stage for such a show.

Aside from being a friend of late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs and current SVP of Design Jony Ive, Bono has worked with the company through the (RED) initiative to fight AIDS. As of June, Apple has raised some $75 million for the worldwide charity by selling branded (RED) iPods and accessories.

Late last year, Ive joined forces with designer Marc Newson to auction off (RED)-themed items, including a one-of-a-kind Mac Pro that sold $977,000. Bono even had a hand in designing a pair of gold EarPods.
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Hopefully, not to sing "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."

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See? Where would Apple be without Jimmy Iovine? /s

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This makes sense...if Apple uses it to launch their jump into the HD Audio era. Launch a range of Lighning-equipped Beats headphones on the same day, preload an ALAC version of the new U2 album, and then laugh as the rest of the companies whimper and fall even further behind. $200 a share by December? 1biggrin.gif

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Preloaded exclusively on the iPhone 5.5-inch.

As punishment.

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UGH. Please let this not be true. 

 

No better way to say you're "hip with the kids" than to pre-load some U2 on their phones. 

 

They can't be this dumb. I don't believe it. Jimmy Iovine would quit in protest.

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U2 are so 1980's and 90's. I would much rather see someone more relevant from this decade. 

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I don't think they would ever preload an album. Makes no sense. But what could make sense is U2 as a featured artist with a new hi-definition format in iTunes. That would actually make a LOT of sense moving forward to differentiate purchased iTunes content from lower bandwidth streaming content.  Then the Beats deal starts to make more sense. Yes, a Lightning cable could send a whole lot more information to a headset than 3.5mm stereo and be processed on the headset for absolutely intense audio.

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Maybe a U2 music video was shot with the new iPhone 6 camera?
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U2 are so 1980's and 90's. I would much rather see someone more relevant from this decade. 

This decade is littered with trash talent.
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This decade is littered with trash talent.

 

You got that right!

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I agree that they aren't likely to preload an album, but a code to get it free inside each iphone sure. A talk about Project (Red) and a video, yep. U2 being they losing band, why not

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U2 are so 1980's and 90's. I would much rather see someone more relevant from this decade. 

Yaoband. They love their ipads and they have a connection with Apple from being featured in a Verse story

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Yaoband. They love their ipads and they have a connection with Apple from being featured in a Verse story

 

Nah.

 

Just because somebody uses an iPad to make music with, doesn't necessarily mean that the music is good.

 

I saw that commercial, and it was ok, but I can't exactly say that I remember the song. 

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Nah.

Just because somebody uses an iPad to make music with, doesn't necessarily mean that the music is good.

I saw that commercial, and it was ok, but I can't exactly say that I remember the song. 

They're not very good, TBH. But the speculation about the building being a stage is very likely, IMO. In fact, since the 30 days of iTunes music festival is going on right now, would the event ending at noon PST allow for a big act like U2 to live stream afterward and fit into the current schedule?

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Hopefully, not to sing "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."

1) And not "Where the Streets Have No Name" if they are going to talk about Maps.

2) I could see "Beautiful," "One," "All I Want Is You," or "Pride"

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Jimmy Iovine would quit in protest.

Would he?

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 But the speculation about the building being a stage is very likely, IMO. 

 

I agree. I can see this U2 rumor being true, and that "mysterious" building is in fact some sort of stage I think.

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I just looked up the top selling albums first week of sales and none of them have cracked 3 million.

If U2 did come pre-loaded, or with a voucher, then they would instantly smash all music records in the first weekend. It would make Jay-Z's deal with Samsung look even more pathetic than it was.
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Would he?

 

He's produced a few different U2 albums.

 

I've voiced my skepticism a few times in the past about "Beats", but there's no doubting that Iovine has produced a whole ton of famous artists before.

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There's no way in hell Apple is going to preload any songs on their new iPhones, considering that hey KNOW the infinite variety of tastes of their consumers. Maybe they'll include an iTunes code you can redeem for a free album, which is fine by me. 

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Nah.

 

Just because somebody uses an iPad to make music with, doesn't necessarily mean that the music is good.

 

I saw that commercial, and it was ok, but I can't exactly say that I remember the song. 


Good is rather subjective. A lot of folks might say that Coldplay's stuff isn't good. Or even U2

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Good is rather subjective.

 

Totally agree.

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"... The focus of the 'video' on the bridge last week was a phone."

 

Or maybe it's an iPod Air U2 Special Edition.  

There was an iPod U2 Special Edition way back in '06.

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...saying on Twitter, “Looks like @U2 new album maybe preloaded on to iPhone6.

 

Nope.

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They would't be involved in an iPhone launch, because it's not specifically a music device. Either:

- The new iWatch is going to be called the iPod Band (or something like that) and they are involved because it's the iPod again

- There is some new music app that Apple is launching, that they will endorse

- It is some kind of AIDS charity thing

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I'm a u2 fan and treasure my defunct u2 ipod. In their defence, u2 did very well in the 00's with 2 out of 3 albums doing very well and their last tour pulled massive numbers. Plus flagship iphones might not be for the hip crowd but older people who might not mind acts like u2. Beats are there for the street cred and I think a better conceived/priced version of the iphone 5c would do better with the price conscious teens out there currently buying samsungs especially when you consider most of us outside of the us pay much ore up front for our iphones than the US.
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Maybe the band is not there for the iPhone part of the event:

iWatchU2.
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U2 are so 1980's and 90's. I would much rather see someone more relevant from this decade. 

This decade is littered with trash talent.

 

Every decade is littered with trash talent and a few gems. Anyone who thinks different should go tell the kids to get off their lawn and start ordering their casket.

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U2 are so 1980's and 90's. I would much rather see someone more relevant from this decade. 

 

Agreed.

 

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Would he?

 

He's produced a few different U2 albums.

 

I've voiced my skepticism a few times in the past about "Beats", but there's no doubting that Iovine has produced a whole ton of famous artists before.

 

Beats is a marketing machine. Apple could use a bit of an updated or at a minimum reinvigorated approach there. Color and curves didn't used to be banished from Apple.

 

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There's no way in hell Apple is going to preload any songs on their new iPhones, considering that hey KNOW the infinite variety of tastes of their consumers. Maybe they'll include an iTunes code you can redeem for a free album, which is fine by me. 

 

Maybe they'll unveil a much improved streaming solution because Steve Jobs was wrong apparently and only old people want to own their music. The kids think streaming is just fine and dandy.

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Originally Posted by jakeb View Post
No better way to say you're "hip with the kids" than to pre-load some U2 on their phones. 

They can't be this dumb. I don't believe it. Jimmy Iovine would quit in protest.

They could do a funny and informative rap song...

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U2 are so 1980's and 90's. I would much rather see someone more relevant from this decade. 

This decade is littered with trash talent.

As was the '80s and '90s. The last great music stopped circa 1978.
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This decade is littered with trash talent.

I would say misguided talent.
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Even the kids think the 00's were crap. And now we are in the second decade of this century. Probably what's killing music is downloads.

Jimmy Iovine produced U2. More than once. He was their biggest US champion in the early days. Now as an Apple exec he can call them up.

I doubt the pre-load. It's possible that the iPhone 6 comes with a voucher for the album. Or part of the cost. It may not be ready so that might just be a single. Who knows.

The point of hiring Iovine is contacts. Expect that Dr Dre and other hip hop artists are going to be on iTunes or given away with iPhones on the future.

It could even be new headphones. Headphones with iPod software ( not iOS but nano) embedded. And U2 and some artist cool with the kids embedded.
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Iovine produced U2 as far back as 1983 when they were largely unknown in the US outside college radio.
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If there were a single thing that would turn me from the next iPhone (there isn't, but if there were), the continued association with an arrogant, sanctimonious, self-righteous waste of air such as Bono would be it.

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You will get a voucher for U2's new album with the purchase of Beats lightning headphones or Beats Product Red headphones.
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You will get a voucher for U2's new album with the purchase of Beats lightning headphones or Beats Product Red headphones.
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U2 says not happening.

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/u2-quash-iphone6-rumours-30561793.html

Glad for that. It wouldn't have surprised me, just disappointed me.
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