So is U2’s Songs of Innocence deal with Apple the biggest album release of all time or a spamming of iTunes accounts in 119 countries? It depends on (a) your opinion of U2 (which, chances are, has something to do with your age); and (b) your opinion of Apple. Manager Guy Oseary–the man who took over the day-to-day operations of the band from Paul McGuinness–did a Q&A with Mashable.
Mashable: Apple CEO Tim Cook and Bono mentioned that the album would automatically be available to 500 million iTunes users in 119 countries. What are the download figures so far (Re/code claims it was at more than 2 million downloads as of Friday)?
Oseary: I don’t know. I don’t think anyone has the numbers yet. From what I’m hearing they’re very promising. I’m hearing it’s really good. From what I’m hearing, they’re very promising. But it’s hard to tell because somebody new may listen to it in a month. Somebody new may listen to it in a year. It’s not a hey-listen-to-it-today sort of demand. Listen to it when you want to listen to it.
Mashable: Samsung was very forward with how much it paid for Jay Z when he gave away 1 million copies of his album to Samsung Galaxy owners. Will Apple or U2 ever divulge how much money was exchanged (some reports pin the deal at $100 million)?
There’s more and you can find it here. I’m hoping to get a phone interview with someone from the band this week.