Thank you Steve for the U2 iPod

Bono / Steve Jobs

U2 fans have a special love for Steve Jobs. It was October 26, 2004 when Apple introduced the IPOD U2 Special Edition as part of a partnership between Apple, U2 and Universal Music Group (UMG) to create innovative new products together for the new digital music era.

The new U2 iPod holds up to 5,000 songs and featured a gorgeous black enclosure with a red Click Wheel and custom engraving of U2 band member signatures.

“U2 and Apple has a special relationship where they redefined the music business,” said Jimmy Iovine, Chairman of UMG’s Interscope Geffen A&M Records. “The iPod along with iTunes is the most complete thought that we’ve seen in music in a very long time.”

“We want our audience to have a more intimate online relationship with the band, and Apple can help us do that,” said Bono. iPod and iTunes look like the future to me and it’s good for everybody involved in music,” said The Edge. 

“U2 is one of the greatest bands in the world and we are floored to be working with them,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We just wanted to make some innovative products together, and we hope U2 fans will love having their very own special edition iPod.”

U2 Ipod Limited Edition

The new U2 iPod was introduced as the band prepared to release their new album “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” in late November. In addition to the new U2 iPod, the results of the U2, Apple and UMG partnership included:

• U2’s single “Vertigo” from their upcoming album “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” is available exclusively in the US through the iTunes® Music Store;

• Apple and U2 have created a breakthrough television ad featuring U2 band members performing their new single “Vertigo.” The ad is a cross between Apple’s award-winning “Silhouette” ads and a music video; and

• Apple has created the online music industry’s first-of-its-kind “Digital Box Set.” The first digital box set, “The Complete U2,” will contain over 400 tracks including all of the band’s albums and over 25 rare and unreleased tracks. U2 fans where able to purchase and download The Complete U2 with just one click on the iTunes Music Store in the US and Europe.

 

Bono defends Steve Jobs

Irish rock band U2”s lead singer, Bono, has defended Apple’s co-founder, Steve Jobs, after a columnist wrote that the billionaire businessman does not give enough to charity.

The singer wrote in a letter in response to the New York Times article that Jobs said there was ‘nothing better than the chance to save lives’, when he approached him about a campaign to fight AIDS in Africa, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Apple was the biggest contributor for the (Product) Red fund-raising brand to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, giving tens of millions of dollars, Bono wrote.

“”I”m proud to know him,” Bono wrote about Jobs.

“”He”s a poetic fellow, an artist and a businessman. Just because he”s been extremely busy, that doesn”t mean that he and his wife, Laurene, haven”t been thinking about these things,” he added.

Andrew Ross Sorkin wrote in a column that Jobs was not a ‘prominent philanthropist’ despite having accumulated 7.8 million dollras through holdings in Apple and the Walt Disney Company.

There was no public record of Jobs giving money to charity, Sorkin wrote.