U2 have received a lot of hate for releasing their new album Songs of Innocence for free on iTunes after reaching a $100 million deal with Apple. While AlternativeNation.net’s GIF Review of the album wasn’t too favorable, and we did have some fun coming up with fictional U2 Apple song titles, the amount of hate Bono and company have been getting is completely unjustified. Here are some reasons that people should leave U2 alone.
There Was A U2 iPod 10 Years Ago!
U2 partnered with Apple in 2004 to release a U2 iPod, and gave early input on iTunes before it even launched. Bono and The Edge appeared at the Apple Special Music Event in 2004. At the event, The Edge discussed how Napster had changed music, and how iTunes was an attempt to embrace it while helping artists still make money, “I sensed at that moment that we were entering a new era, that music and the music business had to change and embrace that era. There was no point in fighting it, and at the time, the thing I was most excited about was that people were now using their computers to store and listen to music. I realized that as long as we find a way for us to get paid, that ultimately is going to be a good thing.” Even if you disliked the U2 iPod deal 10 years ago, to feign outrage now like this is a new thing is ridiculous.
They Are Humanitarians & Philanthropists
U2 donated $7.2 million in 2011 to help fund music schooling for Irish children. In 2009 they donated over $12 million of tour profits to charity. The donations largely went to the Global Fund, a partnership that helps fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Earlier this year, the release of U2’s single “Invisible” helped raise over $3 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. These are just a few examples, and not even getting into Bono’s work in Africa. Wouldn’t you rather a philanthropic band like U2 get $100 million from Apple for their art, than some Wall Street crook?
They Are One Of The Greatest Bands Of All Time
Even if you think the new album is terrible, and think U2 are sellouts, U2 deserve respect for their accomplishments. Few bands have had the run that U2 have, the band’s original lineup has stuck together for nearly 40 years. Few other bands have remained relevant as long as U2, with the band having a run from 1980-2004 releasing a string of classic albums (except for Pop).