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#1 Posted on 21.10.04 2308.58
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Is it a good idea push your albumn through a commercial when you are always trying to be taken so seriously, even if it is one for a music listening device? I mean Bono is trying to save the world here and now when I hear this song on the radio all I can think of is iPods. I'm not a big U2 fan, but it's kind of a catchy song I might not have minded hearing every so often. Sure it's not one of their deeper songs, but it still is their song. I know U2's core followers are pretty extreme and I'm curious as to whether they are spinning this someway or are up in arms over this. It could be that I've watched far to much baseball on Fox, this commercial pops up quite often during the games.

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#2 Posted on 22.10.04 0012.50
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I'm kinda torn about this.

On the one hand, it seems a harmless enough promotion that is still music-related, at least. If the song was hawking a new burger at McDonald's, I'd be upset.

On the other hand, this does seem to be the closest that U2 has ever come to selling out (if that term even still holds any weight any more in this age of TV appearances, MTV, etc.). If iPod turns out to be the sponsor of their upcoming tour, it's going to be a bad sign. I know that guys like Springsteen have had major tours underwritten by companies and still kept his credibility, but it's always a bit of a disappointment that U2 is doing this now after so many years of playing by their own rules.
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#3 Posted on 22.10.04 1243.54
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I thought their song HOLD ME, THRILL ME, KISS ME, KILL ME for the batman movie was U2's big sell out moment... or was it Kmart and the POPmart tour?
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#4 Posted on 22.10.04 1833.08
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Yeah, I was more disappointed about the movie tie-ins than the iPod commercial. I love U2 and don't have any problems with what they're doing, but shouldn't you have been questioning them back when Batman Forever came out? Or Tomb Raider?


Yeesh, Tomb Raider. Both were good videos though.
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#5 Posted on 24.10.04 2048.13
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I've heard that ipods for a limited time will come with the new U2 album pre loaded on it. Does that qualify as selling out?
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#6 Posted on 25.10.04 1544.33
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At this point U2 have pretty much earned the right to do whatever they want.
Nobody thought Prince was a sellout when he did the "Batman" soundtrack.
If you like their music, then you like their music whether or not it appears in a commercial for iPod, McDonald's, Tampax, or whatever.......
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#7 Posted on 26.10.04 1543.03
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It's very black. And red.

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#8 Posted on 26.10.04 1554.54
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This is where I'd provide a handy link to buy it from the Apple store, but they denied my affiliate application.

I guess we're good enough for iTunes but not iMacs.

Eh. I still want one
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#9 Posted on 26.10.04 1653.53
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or how about the latest:

Photo iPod anyone? (
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#10 Posted on 1.11.04 1737.29
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When you're trying to be taken seriously, shilling iPods doesn't really help. Their credibility is for naught, much as it ever was. Bill Hicks was right about advertising.
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#11 Posted on 4.11.04 1415.14
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It's the first iPod licensed by the n.W.o Wolfpac.
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