UPDATE, 9/10: We finally downloaded the album here at the BLURT compound. Coincidentally, the editor also finally learned how to program his Betamax recorder. Hooray! Meanwhile, Bono has published a letter to fans at the band’s official website that reads, in part: “You’ll have noticed the album is free to U2.com’ers from the band. It’s also free to everyone on iTunes thanks to Apple. To celebrate the ten year anniversary of our iPod commercial, they bought it as a gift to give to all their music customers. Free, but paid for. Because if no-one’s paying anything for it, we’re not sure “free” music is really that free. It usually comes at a cost to the art form and the artist… which has big implications, not for us in U2, but for future musicians and their music… all the songs that have yet to be written by the talents of the future… who need to make a living to write them. We’re collaborating with Apple on some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will transform the way music is listened to and viewed. We’ll keep you posted. If you like Songs of Innocence, stay with us for Songs of Experience. It should be ready soon enough… although I know I’ve said that before…”
But good luck grabbing it at the moment….
By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern
We’re all fans around here – that would be “of U2.” So it was pretty thrilling to watch the band at today’s big-ass Apple, Inc. press conference/iWatch launch, performing “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone,” a quite good new song that’s also the leadoff track on the new U2 album Songs of Innocence, produced by Danger Mouse and to be available Oct. 13 in various formats with various iterations of bonus material. (The CD’s deluxe edition adds acoustic versions of the album’s songs – see the tracklisting, below – along with four bonus tracks: “Lucifer’s Hands”, “The Crystal Ballroom”, “The Troubles” (Alternative version) and “Sleep Like a Baby Tonight” (Alternative Perspective Mix by Tchad Blake). The vinyl release has a remix of “The Crystal Ballroom” by Tchad Blake.)
All well and good. But what really made jaws drop following the band’s almost jaw-dropping live tune was when they announced that the album is out RIGHT NOW digitally and you can nab it FOR FREE via iTunes/iTunes Radio/Beats Music. That’s right: Songs of Innocence is available for free, right now, Well, sort of; I’ve been trying for several hours to download it, along with, presumably, 499,999,999 other U2 fans, as the band is aiming to make it the biggest album release in history to 500 million punters. That’s a lot of damn downloads – you think iTunes can handle it?
Tracklisting: 01 The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)
02 Every Breaking Wave
03 California (There Is No End To Love)
04 Song For Someone
05 Iris (Hold Me Close)
07 Raised By Wolves
08 Cedarwood Road
09 Sleep Like A Baby Tonight
10 This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now
11 The Troubles.