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Old 11-06-2004, 01:29 PM   #21
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I don't feel sorry for the band. If it's a great album, it will sell whether it is available for free on the Internet or not. Lots of people want hard copies and artwork rather than messing with MP3 files. Besides, even if it hadn't leaked now, it would have leaked a week from now when it became available for streaming on the NME site because nowadays you can capture a stream and turn it into MP3 files.

I personally haven't decided if I want to download the album now or continue to wait, but I wouldn't blame people if they simply couldn't wait any longer - provided they later buy a hard copy or purchase the songs via iTunes.
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I feel sorry for everyone listening to this album in crappy 128kbps mp3 format. It'll sound a lot better if you just wait a couple weeks. And you get the packaging, and you support your favorite band. It's a win, win, win situation.
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Well if its any consolation the original links were VBR.
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I am staying a virgin and not listening toa draned THING. I can wait 2 more weeks. We've waited 4 yrs.
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Old 11-06-2004, 04:08 PM   #25
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I for one downloaded the tunes today and I can't WAIT to run to the store on Nov. 22 and PAY the men for the brilliance I listened to today! I will buy all of the singles, the album, the special album, a few posters, and then see them 4-5 times when they come anywhere near me. I feel the 'sneak preview' is just good fortune and I imagine that only die hard U2 fans who are on this forum will probably hear it. Casual fans just aren't looking yet. All of us die hards will pay the men, I'm totally sure of it.
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ahhh its nice to see some people feel the same as I do...i think its disrespectful, and kills the excitement of release day....but anyway...glad to know Im not the only one who IS NOT going to d/l any of the leaked songs.
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Old 11-06-2004, 05:19 PM   #27
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It makes me ill that people will leak the album, it's just not right. The tons of money U2 or any other artist for that matter has is no excuse. I know true U2 fans will by a hard copy or download it from itune regardless if they download the leaks or not before hand. The majority I hope, like myself will wait until the album is actually released whether it be the stores or itunes. Let's face it though, there are people out there who will download it illegally and never pay a cent. I'm personally not going anywhere near the illegal downloads until I get my hard copy or it becomes avaliable on itunes. A cheap cd written on with a sharpie marker isn't the same thing as the real thing.
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and the iTunes store is opening in a few weeks for Canada (you dont *need* to use iTunes though)
They are?! Why didn't I hear about this?!

I guess I just don't know much about iPods. I thought they were only available in the US and the UK.
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Old 11-06-2004, 06:00 PM   #29
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The leaks are 360 kbit. Nice quality.
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Old 11-06-2004, 06:14 PM   #30
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I think it's a rela shame this has leaked. Here's why - new U2 albums are a moment to be savoured when they are ready to be released. We've all been gearing towards November 22d / 23rd for that first listen, you know that one time when the whole thing is fresh and you can appreciate the fact that you actually have it. I don't doubt that almost everyone here will buy it, but by the time of the official release everybody will know it inside out. Doesn't that take away some of the magic? Can't we all just wait for the official release? Obviously not, I just think it's a real shame this came out and I hope whoever leaked it gets sued into bankruptcy.
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Let's face it though, there are people out there who will download it illegally and never pay a cent. I'm personally not going anywhere near the illegal downloads until I get my hard copy or it becomes avaliable on itunes. A cheap cd written on with a sharpie marker isn't the same thing as the real thing.
Yeah, but that's not going to happen because the album leaked. There are people who would have downloaded it illegally after the 22nd/23rd anyway.

Either you're going to buy or your not. I don't think because it was available today will make people download illegally anymore than after the release date.

But then again I'm not sitting here burning copies for anyone, nor would I mention the availability of this to any non-U2 fanatic.

Believe me there are plenty of people who aren't connected at the hip to their computer searching for album leaks.

That said I also know that I have on preorder the Deluxe Edition, 1 Regular CD, Vertigo Single, Ipod, Vertigo t shirt and calendar and will to at least 10 shows.

So after waiting 4 years I'm not going to sweat it.
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But then again I'm not sitting here burning copies for anyone, nor would I mention the availability of this to any non-U2 fanatic.

Good point RR. I was thinking the same. If I didn't know about Interference or @U2 or any other fan site, I would be none the wiser.

@U2 are pretty funny though. They said something about, well, since the news already broke we might as well report it. If you're savvy enough, go find it.
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It makes me ill that people will leak the album, it's just not right. The tons of money U2 or any other artist for that matter has is no excuse. I know true U2 fans will by a hard copy or download it from itune regardless if they download the leaks or not before hand. The majority I hope, like myself will wait until the album is actually released whether it be the stores or itunes. Let's face it though, there are people out there who will download it illegally and never pay a cent. I'm personally not going anywhere near the illegal downloads until I get my hard copy or it becomes avaliable on itunes. A cheap cd written on with a sharpie marker isn't the same thing as the real thing.

The above is true you know: It is EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING!


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Old 11-06-2004, 07:37 PM   #34
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The Bands thoughts on the leak???

I think it stinks that the album was leaked early, but then on the other hand I'm excited for the new music ..... cause we have it earlier than expected. But, I wonder how the band feels about it though. what do you think?
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Isn't this a bit like when you have the opportunity to sample snippets of each song on a CD by scanning the UPC code at Walmart or Borders Books or Barnes and Noble and you therefore get to tell abit whether you really want to purchase it?
I wasn't expecting this "treat", as someone has called it, either.
But if you download these without getting the hard copy version or through itunes it is stealing--I agree.
But I think the best point of all...if it is true (I'm not a techie by any means--Correct me if I'm wrong) that when the NME stream came out people would just download it that way then, ahead of time as well, for nothing.
As for burning the whole album to a "cheap CD hand written on with a sharpie" that's just really cheesey, I'm sorry. You're cheating yourself of owning the real deal/gem.
November 23rd, glorious November 23rd is still a day to go down in infamy as far as I am concerned, where there will still be plenty of "treats" lurking to be discovered through the CD photos/artwork and not that Bono doesn't orate clear enough but have all the lyrics as well, I'm sure.

One thing with the apple itunes iPod though... I think it perpetuates the idea of downloading without owning the original hard copy "albums". Is U2 shooting itself in the foot? Actually I think not; they'll be raking even more $ in the end in my estimation. For the non die hard U2 fans paying to download singles or for the ones shelling out the $350+ for the U2 iPod and whole back catalog. The U2 iPod will be bought (=+the 400 some U2 box set) by the people who already have all their music 'cos it's U2's entire repritoire plus some unreleased material on the go. I know this would be awesome to just reel through the whole history without having to putz around juggling/finding the various hard copies the tunes you want hear are on and this will be the end of making your own U2 mix CDs as well. Will it not?
P.S.- Was this too long? Sorry. It's just that I felt passionate about this and maybe it had to do with the fact that I can't believe 4 years of waiting and I ruined the "magic" of having thee release in my grubby little hands upon arrival date. I won't listen to the downloads anymore... BUT my hearing it before hand doesn't mean that HTDAAB will be "just any other CD" as a result, as someone else has said. It's extraordinary. Great things really are worth the wait.
My two cents thanks for listening!
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Oh all right maybe you can burn a disc and write on it with a sharpie and make album art of your own or even photo copy the original album artwork...but come on people...
Support our band!
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Oh all right maybe you can burn a disc and write on it with a sharpie and make album art of your own or even photo copy the original album artwork...but come on people...
Support our band!
I think you're arguing with the wrong folks. The people on this website have spent/will spend a small/big fortune on this band.
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I don't understand people that get so upset that the record got leaked early. What I look forward to, what I savor, is that first listening of the album, the first day of playing it over and over again and loving it. It doesn't matter if that's on release day or two weeks earlier. And I spent most of today savoring this record, and it's brilliant, and U2 have shown why they are the best band on the planet. We're all going to go and buy the super-duper-ultra-limited-delux-box edition of htdaab anyway, U2 isn't going to lose any money. And it won't f**k up their holdiay plans like some were eluding to. Bono made those comments in July, when the release was a long way off. It's only two weeks off now, U2 won't change anything, or at least it's highly unlikely. Life is not an infinite thing, and the longer I get to listen to any given piece of music that I love, the better. And I love this piece of music, the whole record. And as long as the music is doing this to/for me, as long as it's giving me the feeling that I'm feeling with this record, as long as it's taking me to another place, that's all that matters. It doesn't matter if it's now or in two weeks.
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I think you're arguing with the wrong folks. The people on this website have spent/will spend a small/big fortune on this band.
Damn right we will... I really wanted to wait but it was too tempting.. I will definately be buying at least two copies of this album... just to put it in perspective, I've bout at least 5 copies of AB over the years...
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I think you're arguing with the wrong folks. The people on this website have spent/will spend a small/big fortune on this band.
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