w/ the hurting fans thing, i'd prefer a special u2 ipod to increasing prices on other products. i mean we don't have to buy this ipod, i don't feel like i'd really be missing out on exclusive material, the album can still be purchased in album form, and i'd rather have them promote alternative to downloading software then prosecuting downloaders. the artists doing that are the ones that upset me because theres how much of an income difference, and a lot of downloaders still buy albums.
also kind of an example of bad corporate involvement, in bon jovi's most recent tour he offered presales to first people that brought the album, which is understandable, but then after that was a presale for msn users. and there wasn't a limit on the presale so a lot of shows sold out on presales, now the day u2 starts putting corporate money over the availability of their fans to concerts... thats when we have a problem.
and last little thing remember all this advertisement is based on the new album. they're not playing old songs, they weren't doing commercials between albums, vertigo is getting airplay time through that ipod commercial, its kind of the same concept as tv show appearances, i mean u2's presence helps ratings (of in this case product sales) in return u22 gets the word out on the new album
anyway stepping off the soap box and completely unrelated saying, i really like City of Blinding Lights from what i've heard of the TOTP version.... can't wait to hear the entire album