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Apple offers full U2 catalog online, not just with new iPod

Posted on Friday, November 12 @ 10:17:59 CET by Macphisto

(Citizen-Times.com) -- You don't need to buy a new black and red limited edition U2 iPod to get your hands on the collection of the Irish band's tunes designed to accompany it.

In an industry first, U2's complete catalog will be available for $149 at the click of a mouse at Apple's iTunes Music Store (www.apple.com/itunes).

The digital box set includes 400 U2 songs from the band's 13 album releases, plus the upcoming "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb." It also has 25 unreleased or rare tracks, including material from two limited releases, "Melon" and "Hasta La Vista," that had been available only to subscribers of U2's magazine Propaganda.

"It's mind-blowing," said U2 lead singer Bono. He called digital music "the most interesting artistic creation in pop since the electric guitar."

Consumers who purchase the U2 iPod, which will be in stores later this month for $349, get a $50 coupon to bring the price of the box set down to $99.

Box sets are popular during the holiday season because of their gift value, says Billboard's Geoff Mayfield. "But I don't see how this translates. You don't get any liner notes or visuals. Can you give a download as a gift? It's not the same thing." Mayfield says pricing is very competitive, considering the amount of material is the equivalent of 30 CDs. A 13-CD Grateful Dead collection is $134.98 at Amazon.com, for instance.

Apple also introduced new iPods last week that do more than just play music. They also can show digital photos in color. The new iPods are $499 with a 40-gigabyte hard disk and $599 for a 60GB model.

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