Apple, SAP, Imagine Dragons raise funds for migrant crisis relief with exclusive iTunes single

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited October 2015
In a bid to alleviate the migrant and refugee crisis impacting Europe and the Mediterranean, rock band Imagine Dragons on Monday partnered with Apple and SAP to release a new single on iTunes, "I Was Me."

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All proceeds from the song will go to the United Nations Refugee Agency. SAP, organizing the effort under the One4 Project banner, has promised to donate an additional 10 cents per purchase up to the first 5 million downloads. That could amount to an extra $500,000.

Proud to support refugee and migrant relief efforts with @imaginedragons "I Was Me" http://t.co/f2saT7DLeC. Great music, great cause. #one4

-- Lisa P. Jackson (@lisapjackson)


"Whether it is by downloading this track or by other means, we hope people everywhere recognize the severity of the situation and find a way to assist these families in desperate need," said Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds in a statement.

Hundreds of thousands of migrants have streamed across European borders in 2015, a large portion of them fleeing the years-long civil war in Syria. The difficulty of the journey, combined with anti-immigration policies in countries like Hungary, has led to serious need for refugee camps and other relief efforts.

Last month, Apple launched iTunes donations for the same cause, but with the money going to frequent charity partner the American Red Cross. That campaign is still ongoing, and allows people to send cash in increments ranging from $5 to $200.
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  • Reply 1 of 45
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member

    I guess that's one single that I wont be buying. I actually like a few songs from Imagine Dragons, but I will obviously pass on this track, unheard, because of the naive and dangerously foolish politics involved. 

     

    I do not support so-called migrant crisis relief, as many of those involved are simple scammers and do not qualify as refugees. Instead, there is an invasion taking place, and comically, some of Europe's more stupid leaders (like Merkel), are facilitating this invasion. Good luck to Europe, you'll certainly need it!<img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" /> 

  • Reply 2 of 45
    netroxnetrox Posts: 1,455member

    Nope. Won't buy them. It always create more problems in the long run. 

  • Reply 3 of 45
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 2,294member
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    Originally Posted by Apple ][ View Post

     

    I guess that's one single that I wont be buying. I actually like a few songs from Imagine Dragons, but I will obviously pass on this track, unheard, because of the naive and dangerously foolish politics involved. 

     

    I do not support so-called migrant crisis relief, as many of those involved are simple scammers and do not qualify as refugees. Instead, there is an invasion taking place, and comically, some of Europe's more stupid leaders (like Merkel), are facilitating this invasion. Good luck to Europe, you'll certainly need it!<img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" /> 


    It's actually pretty ridiculous what's going on in countries and the mainstream media isn't reporting it. My family in Europe is telling me what's going on where they live and its absolutely ridiculous. Rapes, people rioting because they want to stay at a luxury resort and not in a camp, etc. You are right as this is an invasion, not refugee crisis. 

  • Reply 4 of 45
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    Originally Posted by Boltsfan17 View Post

     

    It's actually pretty ridiculous what's going on in countries and the mainstream media isn't reporting it. My family in Europe is telling me what's going on where they live and its absolutely ridiculous. Rapes, people rioting because they want to stay at a luxury resort and not in a camp, etc. You are right as this is an invasion, not refugee crisis. 




    Perhaps you can point us to what news sources that corroborate these stories, rather than complaining about the mainstream media. That would be helpful. And please, don't tell us to "look it up." 

  • Reply 5 of 45
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member
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    Originally Posted by Boltsfan17 View Post

     

    It's actually pretty ridiculous what's going on in countries and the mainstream media isn't reporting it. My family in Europe is telling me what's going on where they live and its absolutely ridiculous. Rapes, people rioting because they want to stay at a luxury resort and not in a camp, etc. You are right as this is an invasion, not refugee crisis. 




    The vast majority are young, healthy men, with their designer jeans and some even have iPhones I've noticed! And most are not from Syria. What a bunch of cowards! Let them stay where they are and fight for their country, if their country is in trouble! 

     

    Like you, I also know people in Europe, and I also know what's going on, and it aint pretty at all. 

  • Reply 6 of 45
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
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    Originally Posted by Boltsfan17 View Post

     

    It's actually pretty ridiculous what's going on in countries and the mainstream media isn't reporting it. My family in Europe is telling me what's going on where they live and its absolutely ridiculous. Rapes, people rioting because they want to stay at a luxury resort and not in a camp, etc. You are right as this is an invasion, not refugee crisis. 




    In the video seen on TV news I was surprised that many of the migrants seem very well dressed, some with designer brands, most have some money, can afford cigarettes, and passage to Greece from Syria etc. Many are educated and speak English. Probably it was worth it to risk the sea voyage in rubber boats just to get out of harms way in Syria. I don't blame them. They probably can see first hand what is about to happen, especially now that Russia is in the fight. But yeah, Europe has their work cut out for themselves.

  • Reply 7 of 45
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
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    Let them stay where they are and fight for their country, if their country is in trouble! 


     

    Which of the many warring parties would they fight for? There are reportedly over 1,000 different islamist armed opposition groups with no central leadership. Or perhaps you are suggesting they join the Syrian Army run by a ruthless dictator or maybe ISIS. It is a no win situation. If you are just a peaceful citizen without a religious or aggressive agenda to seize land, you would probably just want to get the hell out of there.

  • Reply 8 of 45
    mstone wrote: »
    Which of the many warring parties would they fight for? There are reportedly over 1,000 different islamist armed opposition groups with no central leadership. Or perhaps you are suggesting they join the Syrian Army run by a ruthless dictator or maybe ISIS. It is a no win situation. If you are just a peaceful citizen without a religious or aggressive agenda to seize land, you would probably just want to get the hell out of there.

    These people have an agenda; they're already demanding that the countries they've invaded begin becoming Sharia compliant.

    Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has huge facilities that these people could be staying at, but nope, they don't want them.
  • Reply 9 of 45
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member

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    Originally Posted by mstone View Post

     

     

    Which of the many warring parties would they fight for? There are reportedly over 1,000 different islamist armed opposition groups with no central leadership. Or perhaps you are suggesting they join the Syrian Army run by a ruthless dictator or maybe ISIS. It is a no win situation. If you are just a peaceful citizen without a religious or aggressive agenda to seize land, you would probably just want to get the hell out of there.




    If many are not from Syria, then they have no fight, and they are merely economic migrant scammers and fraudsters at best and terrorists at worst. And if the situation is so dire, then why do they abandon the women and children? 

     

    And I do believe that many have an aggressive agenda, just look at how they act and how grateful they are. You'd think that true people in need would be a little bit more grateful.  Nope, I believe that 99% of them should be denied entry and sent back to wherever they came from. 

    The mideast is a mess and the problems wont be solved by exporting their mess to the rest of the world. 

  • Reply 10 of 45
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    Perhaps you can point us to what news sources that corroborate these stories, rather than complaining about the mainstream media. That would be helpful. And please, don't tell us to "look it up." 


     

    Someone - a decent, hard-working council employee for example - has to clear up this mess which looks pretty bad... and it won't be the only German town it's happening in...

     

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a01_1444530043

  • Reply 11 of 45
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    I guess that's one single that I wont be buying. I actually like a few songs from Imagine Dragons, but I will obviously pass on this track, unheard, because of the naive and dangerously foolish politics involved. 

     

    I do not support so-called migrant crisis relief, as many of those involved are simple scammers and do not qualify as refugees. Instead, there is an invasion taking place, and comically, some of Europe's more stupid leaders (like Merkel), are facilitating this invasion. Good luck to Europe, you'll certainly need it!<img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" /> 


    Precisely. This is nuts. Apple needs to stay well clear of this mess.

  • Reply 12 of 45

    The more you help, the more will come, the more people will die. 'do gooders' will have blood on their hands, but they won't have the foresight to see why.

  • Reply 13 of 45
    I actually LIVE in Europe, I don't KNOW people there! I'm in Brussels, Belgium. Not the city or country where we've seen most people arrive, but there's quite a few nevertheless! I have not heard of rape, rioting or anything like that in this city! It's been a mostly peaceful process here, which, of course, can't be said of other countries', like Hungary or Croatia, but that's because they have extra-European borders!
    Some of you said that most of the people arriving are rich (own iPhones, wear designer clothes, etc) and aren't even from Syria.
    1. There's other countries where people are in trouble! He Middle East is filled with war infestes countries: people wanna get out lf there, which can be understood!
    2. It's not because people own an iPhone or have a little/lot of money that they don't have the right to be protected! If a war breaks out in Europe tomorrow and I were to come to the US for example, of course I'd bring my iPhone and Mac along! Who wouldn't?!

    You, Americans, should stop pretending you know everything about what's going on everywhere, especially in Europe! You should also realize there is a huuuuge difference between an immigrant and a war refugee. Both could very well be staying illegally in a country, but according to European philosophy (most of Europeans at least), the latter has the right to be protected and put into a safe and secure environment, being Europe, or another safe continent! That's what a lot of you Americans clearly don't understand! Look at how many Syrians have been accepted in the US: less than 2000, acoording to Time magazine recently! That being said, I have the greatest respect for your country (lived there for 3 yeard until 2014), I love your country, as well as your patriotism! I love the fact that you're trying to protect your traditions, your history, your philosophy, protect your family, friends, jobs... But in the 21st century, where travel and communication have become so easy, but where wars are still being fought everywhere, countries like yours need to be more open-minded and need to embrace the positive sides of immigration. After all, if it wasn't for immigration, the US wouldn't be what it is today, would it?
  • Reply 14 of 45
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,526member
    apple ][ wrote: »
    I guess that's one single that I wont be buying. I actually like a few songs from Imagine Dragons, but I will obviously pass on this track, unheard, because of the naive and dangerously foolish politics involved. 

    I do not support so-called migrant crisis relief, as many of those involved are simple scammers and do not qualify as refugees. Instead, there is an invasion taking place, and comically, some of Europe's more stupid leaders (like Merkel), are facilitating this invasion. Good luck to Europe, you'll certainly need it!:lol:  

    If you are interested in the history of the last wave of people escaping fascism, you might check out Douglas Reed, who was a European correspondent for The Times of London during the thirties. (Insanity Fair and Disgrace Abounding are the two main titles.) He said in general that he wasn't fooled by the exaggereated reports of a "holocaust," and the Jewish "refugees" he was seeing were wearing a lot of jewelry and fur coats, and seemed to have a lot of money.

    His work is still highly regarded by people of your cast of mind. I find him fascinating for the atmosphere of the times, not so much for his conclusions. Well worth reading, if you can find a copy in the library in New York that hasn't been "lost" due to some holocaust-refugee sympathizer.
  • Reply 15 of 45
    chadbagchadbag Posts: 2,008member
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    Originally Posted by guiguihip View Post



    I actually LIVE in Europe, I don't KNOW people there! I'm in Brussels, Belgium. Not the city or country where we've seen most people arrive, but there's quite a few nevertheless! I have not heard of rape, rioting or anything like that in this city! It's been a mostly peaceful process here, which, of course, can't be said of other countries', like Hungary or Croatia, but that's because they have extra-European borders!

    Some of you said that most of the people arriving are rich (own iPhones, wear designer clothes, etc) and aren't even from Syria.

    1. There's other countries where people are in trouble! He Middle East is filled with war infestes countries: people wanna get out lf there, which can be understood!

    2. It's not because people own an iPhone or have a little/lot of money that they don't have the right to be protected! If a war breaks out in Europe tomorrow and I were to come to the US for example, of course I'd bring my iPhone and Mac along! Who wouldn't?!



    You, Americans, should stop pretending you know everything about what's going on everywhere, especially in Europe! You should also realize there is a huuuuge difference between an immigrant and a war refugee. Both could very well be staying illegally in a country, but according to European philosophy (most of Europeans at least), the latter has the right to be protected and put into a safe and secure environment, being Europe, or another safe continent! That's what a lot of you Americans clearly don't understand! Look at how many Syrians have been accepted in the US: less than 2000, acoording to Time magazine recently! That being said, I have the greatest respect for your country (lived there for 3 yeard until 2014), I love your country, as well as your patriotism! I love the fact that you're trying to protect your traditions, your history, your philosophy, protect your family, friends, jobs... But in the 21st century, where travel and communication have become so easy, but where wars are still being fought everywhere, countries like yours need to be more open-minded and need to embrace the positive sides of immigration. After all, if it wasn't for immigration, the US wouldn't be what it is today, would it?



    Immigration needs to be done in an orderly and legal manner.  Not haphazardly done with no checks and balances, no oversight, and no plan.

     

    Many of the people coming, as war refugees, are not really war refugees.   There have been plenty of non-Syrian or non-other-middle-east war place mixed in with the Syrians.  This is documented.  There are also fighters coming in.  I lived in Germany in the mid 80s and talked to a lot of the middle easterners in the refugee houses there at the time.  They were fighting (on various sides) in the Lebanese Civil War.  Several of them, at different times, explained that when they got tired of fighting, they would go to Germany, apply for refugee status/asylum, and as that took many months if not years to work through the system, they would rest, live off the German government, and when denied, they went back to fight.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  Some had been a few times.    That was benign using the system.  However many believe Jihadist groups are sending in men as refugees.  Ones that can get in and settle and then later be of use to the groups as agents.   There are lots of photographs showing the same guy fighting and a few months later in Europe but I don't believe there is definitive proof yet of what I just described, but many believe it to be true.    Your system has to be sound against that happening and the haphazard way it is going down now allows that sort of thing to happen. 

  • Reply 16 of 45
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,729member
    Damn! I meant to drop by Appleinsider but accidentally went to Fascisminsider.
  • Reply 17 of 45
    chadbagchadbag Posts: 2,008member
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    Damn! I meant to drop by Appleinsider but accidentally went to Fascisminsider.



    So what is your definition of fascism?

  • Reply 18 of 45
    You can read quite a lot in the German media if you want to find out what's actually going on. About 10000 people arrive each day in Germany. About a third come from ex-yugoslavia who are usually not politically prosecuted. It takes month before their cases are processed, in the meantime they live off the German state. If their cases are denied, they would have to return, however, most stay in Germany and only a small fraction is forced to go home.

    Some so-called refugees don't want to live in a gymnasium for a while, they go on a hunger strike and demand apartments. Others go to court because they don't get their money fast enough. Some Christians were assaulted by Muslims in the camps, some women were sexually assaulted. Some tenancy agreements have been cancelled, some Germans have to leave their apartments so that there is room for refugees. Commercial real estate has been seized to get additional space for refugees. Some Christian facilities who host refugees have voluntarily removed Christian symbols so that nobody gets offended. Some refugees don't want their meals served by women. Schools are closed so that refugees can live there. Soldiers have to leave their army barracks, they live in tents and the refugees occupy the barracks. These are just a few examples.
    If you want to know why so many people flee to Germany from the farthest placed, you should know that a family with 3 children gets roughly 1700 US$ + rent + heating costs + free health insurance. Oh and the language course is free of charge as well.
  • Reply 19 of 45
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,729member
    chadbag wrote: »

    So what is your definition of fascism?

    In terms of its historical significance the term is more complex but for here and now, this interpretation seems apt

    (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.
  • Reply 20 of 45
    chadbagchadbag Posts: 2,008member
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    Originally Posted by paxman View Post





    In terms of its historical significance the term is more complex but for here and now, this interpretation seems apt



    (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.



    Kind of a general description, but anyway.

     

    So what is fascistic about wanting to control an immigration invasion?

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