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Amazon teases Apple over U2 album giveaway blunder as Prime users get deluxe version for free

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At your own risk, <a href="" target="_blank">stream U2’s album for free from Amazon Prime Music</a>

Now that Apple has finally wrapped up its U2 album giveaway to iTunes customers, a promotion that warranted its own removal tool named after the “Songs of Innocence” album, Amazon is picking up the record and giving it away to Amazon Prime subscribers through Prime Music… but not without taking a shot at Apple first.

While Apple rather aggressively added the U2 album to every iTunes library automatically (prompting automatic downloads if the setting was enabled) and upsetting many customers, Amazon took to Twitter today to promote their copy of the “deluxe” version of the album while taking a shot at Apple in the process. “Add it to your library—we won’t do it for you,” Amazon said in a tweet followed by a teasing winky face.

Not bad, Amazon, not bad.

For its part, Apple boasted last week that 81 million customers experienced the free U2 album, which Apple is now selling for $9.99, through iTunes, iTunes Radio, and Beats Music.

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  1. iSRS - 8 years ago

    Interesting. Oddly, on iTunes today, you can preorder Songs of Innocence + for $6.99

    It is tracks 12-22 of the Deluxe version.

  2. patstar5 - 8 years ago

    How do I remove it? I don’t like it sitting in my library

  3. This is so original of Amazon, wow.

  4. philboogie - 8 years ago

    Amazon showing their true colours; this is pathetic.

    • joostinonline - 8 years ago

      This is an Apple fan being super sensitive. Apple did something users hated, and it’s pathetic for Amazon to poke fun?

  5. Cory © (@Nardes) - 8 years ago

    OMFG. Relax people… they made a joke! Pull the stick out of your butts

  6. TechPeeve (@TechPeeve) - 8 years ago

    OMG, Amazon has offended the o’mighty Apple phans!! Watch for earth to crack open, phaggs

    • irelandjnr - 8 years ago

      Why are you homophobic? A little curious are we?

    • Edison Wrzosek - 8 years ago

      How about you take your homophobic BS, shove it where the sun don’t shine, and GTFO of here?

      • joostinonline - 8 years ago

        He used a poor choice of words, but he makes a valid point. People freak out if someone even jokes about Apple.

    • scumbolt2014 - 8 years ago

      Ass rape yourself with an umbrella. Then open it. Fag.

  7. Benson Owami - 8 years ago

    ‘free’ with a prime subscription

  8. Blitzwood - 8 years ago

    I think it is cool that they gave it for free but what was their ideia of automaticly getting it on people’s library? Couldn’t it just be an optional?

    That amazon teaser is really good.

  9. samuelsnay - 8 years ago

    So it’s free but only to stream?

    That’s just like Amazon: Half-assed implementation of someone else’s idea.

  10. scumbolt2014 - 8 years ago

    People bitching about getting something for free. Just delete it if you don’t want it assholes.

  11. nathanhillery - 8 years ago

    Only in AppleHateSphere would people complain about getting something for free.

  12. vkd108 - 8 years ago

    How do I remove Amazon from all my news sources? I don’t want them and didn’t ask for them.


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