U2 Claims It's Working With Apple On A New Music Format That 'Can't Be Pirated'

from the because-that-will-work dept

Apparently U2's deal with Apple goes further than taking a bunch of cash and dumping unwanted music files on hundreds of millions of iTunes users. The band has said that it's working on a brand new music format that "can't be pirated." Oh really? We've heard that before, many, many times. And every time someone claims that, whatever new DRM they created gets broken without hours. I imagine the same will be true of this. The format sounds like a rehash of other things that have been tried and failed before:
[The new format will be] an audiovisual interactive format for music that can’t be pirated and will bring back album artwork in the most powerful way, where you can play with the lyrics and get behind the songs when you’re sitting on the subway with your iPad or on these big flat screens. You can see photography like you’ve never seen it before.
Of course, we've been hearing this for years. Five years ago, the major labels were all going to team up to create "CMX", a new music format that had all those audiovisual components. Where's that now? Every few years we see startups claiming to have created a similar new music format that builds in all those audiovisual components... and no one cares. Is it possible that Apple with the help of U2 will suddenly figure it out? Sure. It's possible. But I wouldn't bet on it. Especially if it includes annoying DRM that no one wants.

Apple itself figured out long ago that DRMing its music was actually a bad deal since it made the music less valuable to consumers. Would the company really switch back in the other direction? While U2 claims that this magical new music format "will prove so irresistibly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music — whole albums as well as individual tracks," it once again shows how little U2 understands about the way fans interact with music these days. The ability to share what you're listening to with others and to build on that experience is what excites people -- and that's true whether its unauthorized sharing or through streaming services like Spotify that allow users to share what they're listening to. Locking stuff up with fancy graphics isn't "irresistibly exciting." It's just something most people will ignore.

Besides, we already have an "audiovisual interactive format for music that can't be pirated," and it's called a concert.

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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 9:41am

    The Only Real Piracy Immune Music Format

    The only real piracy immune music format will never happen because no one would use it. It requires people to travel to an approved listening room. Before they are allowed to enter, they must be strip searched for audio recording equipment. Then they are allowed to listen alone and a barren room.

    Completely 100% piracy free. But it would never succeed.

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      jameshogg (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:10am

      Re: The Only Real Piracy Immune Music Format

      And you would have to make sure the listener does not know any memory techniques that allow him to memorise the bulk of the song and then go out and infringe (i.e. pirate) by making derivatives.

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      Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 1:02pm

      Re: The Only Real Piracy Immune Music Format

      There's a way to make it 100% piracy free.

      Make sure that no one can listen to the music.

      After all, pirates could just record the music when it's playing to make a pirate-able copy!

      It's the same thing with art work, simply prevent anyone from viewing the original, then no one can make copies of it!

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        Candid Cameron, 20 Sep 2014 @ 1:33am

        Re: Re: The Only Real Piracy Immune Music Format

        Nice to see the snake oil industry is still going strong. Keep up the good work, guys! ;-)

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      bob, 19 Sep 2014 @ 3:02pm

      Re: The Only Real Piracy Immune Music Format

      except people with musical talent will reproduce what they heard once they get home.
      there's a bunch of youtube videos of musicians of all skill levels performing various songs.
      if songs become more scarce, the void will be filled by these folks.
      if you can hear it, it's reproduce-able.
      it might be better than the original..
      it might be worse than the original..
      either way, the original artist is best served being the person associated with what people are listening to.

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    Violynne (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 9:53am

    The band has said that it's working on a brand new music format that "can't be pirated."
    That format is called "Give away our album for free and let someone else foot the bill".

    The only other way I can think of "can't be pirated" is watching millions of people demanding Apple take the ridiculous album off their device.

    No one pirates crap they don't want, as far as I know.

    Bono should be taking good notes about the backlash of giving away an album no one wanted or asked for.

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      Michael, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:27am

      Re:

      alternate headline:

      U2 discovers that the best way to keep people from pirating their music is to get Apple to buy it and give it away - but Bono still can't shut his f***ing mouth.

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        jackn, 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:31am

        Re: Re:

        Alternate # 2

        Bono and Apple figured out how to fight piracy by releasing music not even a pirate would want.

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          Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 2:03pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          Yeah; the best way I can see to prevent "music piracy" is this:

          Sell the music up-front to a distributor...

          For bonus points, sell them the recording tracks as well as the mixdown. In Apple's case, that means they could sell the track bundle as a GarageBand song and let people remix and get creative with it. Using a Creative Commons Share and Share Alike license would prevent piracy.

          If U2 was unhappy about such a solution, they could always just release the non-vocal tracks. under such a license, and sell the lyrics separately. Then people would have to get Bono on the phone to sing over the backing track if they wanted to hear it in its "original glory".

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      JMT (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 2:17pm

      Re:

      "...giving away an album no one wanted or asked for."

      Actually I'm pretty due there are many thousands of U2 fans who are pretty happy about it. Don't protect your musical opinions on everyone else, they don't count for much.

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      Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 5:25pm

      Re:

      The only other way I can think of "can't be pirated" is watching millions of people demanding Apple take the ridiculous album off their device.



      They knew no one would pirate it so they tried giving it away. Apparently, that didn't work either.

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:23am

    Why would anyone want to pirate U2s music? Other than throwing it at your enemies, I can't think of a use for it.

    I guess it's a good thing they've never heard of the microphone before... or maybe it's a song with 3 minutes of silence no one would want to pirate.

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      Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:33am

      Re:

      I know it's fashionable to bash U2 right now, but are you seriously telling me that The Joshua Tree isn't a classic?

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        jackn, 19 Sep 2014 @ 12:21pm

        Re: Re:

        You're right. They have one good song. Unfortunately, they keep using the same simple song for everything they do.

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        Rich, 19 Sep 2014 @ 12:38pm

        Re: Re:

        Yes, it is not a classic. All their music is crap.

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        John Fenderson (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 1:13pm

        Re: Re:

        "are you seriously telling me that The Joshua Tree isn't a classic?"

        I'm not actually sure what makes any music "classic". I think it's connected to nostalgia rather than quality. In my mind, The Joshua Tree isn't a classic because I've barely heard the music and have no nostalgic connection to it.

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        Anonymous Coward, 22 Sep 2014 @ 5:57am

        Re: Re:

        I believe most of U2's music is contemporary, so not classical.

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    Michael, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:25am

    U2 Claims It's Working With Apple On A New Music Format That 'Can't Be Pirated'

    When I am thinking about who to work with for developing complex software designed to prevent people from accessing it in an unauthorized manner, I always have out-of-touch aging rock stars at the top of my list.

    If this is being worked on, somewhere there is a group of Apple developers rolling there eyes at the notion that U2 could be adding any kind of value to their work.

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    John Fenderson (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:26am

    The real problem with this

    Almost all of the commentary I've been reading elsewhere about this is (quite correctly) pointing out how insanely stupid the "can't be pirated" claim is. However, that's not the part that jumps out at me as the misguided thing.

    The misguided thing is the "interactive, multimedia" part. Your writeup actually does focus on this, so kudos to you!

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      A Non-Mouse, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:45am

      Re: The real problem with this

      "The misguided thing is the "interactive, multimedia" part."

      Indeed. In their never-ending quest to stamp out piracy, I believe they've lost sight of what music actually is.

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    kP (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:26am

    The only music which cannot be pirated is no music...

    ... which, coming from U2, might actually be encouraging.

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    S. T. Stone, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:28am

    Bono Believes He Can Alter Reality; Reality Says ‘Wut’

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:28am

    About the only format that I can think of that would probably eliminate piracy is a live gig with a nude audience, with cavity searches to prevent recording devices bing brought to the performance. So long as the band only uses acoustic instruments, and play naked, it might work.

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      Michael, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:52am

      Re:

      Easily defeated by a drone with a recording device.

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      Leigh Beadon (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:55am

      Re:

      You don't need all that. A live gig, by itself, cannot be pirated -- there are zero people in the world who would say that watching a recording of a concert is a replacement for attending a concert.

      Watching recordings of concerts might still be enjoyable, and record labels will surely continue freaking out about unauthorized videos cutting into their DVD and live album sales, or just generally defying their sense of entitlement. But the actual experience of going to see live music -- something people have enjoyed and sought out for centuries -- is a naturally scarce, rivalrous product that can't be freely replicated, and thus the perfect place to be making money.

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        Michael, 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:03am

        Re: Re:

        Watching a recording of a concert is a replacement for attending a bad concert.

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          JEDIDIAH, 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:28am

          No. Not really.

          > Watching a recording of a concert is a replacement for attending a bad concert.

          No. I wouldn't even go that far. There is still a visceral perceptual quality to a live performance that cannot be replicated in any known recording format.

          I would tend to go the other way.

          A bad live performance trumps even a good studio recording simply because it's not something than can be replicated (really).

          U2's own rise to stardom likely depended on this fact.

          They are after all the band that was too bad to play covers of other people's music. So they had to write their own.

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          DannyB (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 12:58pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          > Watching a recording of a concert is a replacement for attending a bad concert.

          Um, No.

          There is still a visceral perceptual quality to a live performance that cannot be replicated in any known recording format.

          A recording of a bad concert is no substitute for attending. The recording simply cannot convey how bad the experience actually was. You should have to suffer the full horror of the live performance like everyone else.

          Also pirates should have to suffer through the bad concert, and pay for it, like everyone else who got ripped off.

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        Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:11am

        Re: Re:

        True, but the DRM believers believe any copy whatewver the quality is piracy and reducing their income. Those performers who get it, like the grateful dead did, give a feed from their sound board to the bootleggers, as it creates more interest in their concerts.

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      Falindraun (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:51am

      Re:

      hey hey hey, isnt that called torture in some countries to be forced to listen to U2, let alone have to look at Bono naked?

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        DannyB (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 1:00pm

        Re: Re:

        No.

        It's called enhanced interrogation techniques.

        The US doesn't torture. It merely inflicts terrible things upon people in order to coerce them to say something, anything, to make it stop.

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:33am

    If it can be heard, it can be pirated.

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      Jeremy Lyman (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:58am

      Re:

      You can't pirate the Alphabet Song.

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      rapnel, 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:26am

      Re:

      This ^ about sums up the nature of these things.

      Admittedly, I'm pretty tired of watching these guys maintain and try to strengthen control over all things entertaining. They feel that they have some inherent right to these things which is most certainly not in line with the intentions of copyrights much less reality.

      I lost interest in anything new from U2 around 1985 and never heard Bono speak or sing anything remotely interesting since. Sure, they're better musicians all around but your approach to who ultimately gets control of everything that you make (like anyone 'representing the MAFIAA gang) is devoid of sense, imagination and foresight (as in benefiting society "foresight"). Pity. Bono is just another boy that turned into another man working for the man, but good luck anyway.

      I'd be happier if they all got over themselves and stop the never-ending full frontal assault on creation and communication.

      Honestly, you're all a bunch of puss greedy bastards with a warped sense of ownership and the all encompassing sense of entitlement that has morphed into something grotesque. I might add you are the very thing you claim your customers or potential customers already are. You're your own gifts to humanity - as if you and your expressionless whoring of art were created in the vacuum of space and time.

      How about you leave the new music formats to the professionals, customers and engineers, and you just keep making your music.

      Oh yeah, U2, for fuck's sake.. get a new god damn manager. You're guy's an idiot prick milking the milk man.

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    Rob, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:34am

    Concerts?

    Concerts aren't piratable? What's a bootleg then?

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      Ven, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:52am

      Re: Concerts?

      I don't go to concerts for the music, for nearly any band it's usually sub par, too loud, and badly mixed compared to studio tracks.

      Concerts are about the experience, and we as of yet can't pirate memories.

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      PaulT (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 1:14pm

      Re: Concerts?

      An audio copy of one aspect of the experience that in no way replaces the entire thing.

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    Arie, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:35am

    I believe that current available audio formats are good engough for almost everyone. As most people are using audio equipment that isn't high end.
    The bottle neck here is the audio equipment not the music format(s).

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:36am

    The more Bono speaks the more he makes a fool of himself. Stick to singing your trite bullshit instead of speaking it Bono.

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    A Non-Mouse, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:36am

    Makes perfect sense

    The band has said that it's working on a brand new music format that "can't be pirated."

    Ahh, makes perfect sense. Who better than an aging, technophobe rocker to help you develop a brand new, state-of-the-art technology.

    In other news, I hear Bill Gates & Steve Ballmer will be reuniting to help U2 write their next album.

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    Ven, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:46am

    Does anyone buy albums?

    Last time I bought an album: It was a Kickstarter perk, I still haven't downloaded it.
    Last time I listened to an album: Spotify's discovery mode.

    I don't think any level of extras on an album will make me pay money for just that specific album.

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      John Fenderson (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:55am

      Re: Does anyone buy albums?

      I like albums and buy them frequently. "Extras" don't enter into it, though and don't affect my preference one way or another. What I don't buy (even for $0) is anything from a RIAA member label. There is no amount of incentive that would change that for me.

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        Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:21am

        Re: Re: Does anyone buy albums?

        You won't buy ANYTHING from a RIAA label? If that isn't an over exaggeration, you'd be missing out on a ton of music. I'm not sure you realize just how many labels pay to the RIAA. Heck even those hip "indie" bands are almost always on a label that pays to the RIAA. Don't let me try to stop you, but that seems a little extreme and I may have to call shenanigans. SHENANIGANS I SAY!!

        Quick, no cheating - what were the last 5 albums you bought?

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          John Fenderson (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:35am

          Re: Re: Re: Does anyone buy albums?

          "You won't buy ANYTHING from a RIAA label?"

          Nope. Nothing. I have made mistakes a couple of times (it can sometimes be a little tricky determining whether a given label is part of RIAA or not), but never intentionally. I haven't in about 20 years.

          Mostly, I buy my music directly from indie bands. About half of the time, no label is involved at all.

          "you'd be missing out on a ton of music"

          Of course. But I'm missing out on a ton of music no matter what, so that's irrelevant. There is more excellent music available from non-label bands alone than I have years left in my life to hear.

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      Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:04am

      Re: Does anyone buy albums?

      I do -- although I only buy them direct from bands, in order to avoid giving any cash to the numerous middlemen.

      Then again, I'm older and my idea of a short attention span is "an hour", so it's completely natural for me to stop everything else I'm doing and listen to one all the way through. I recognize, though, that very few people under 40 will do this and almost none under 30: it's just not how music is enjoyed any more, and artists who want to be successful need to accommodate that.

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      That One Guy (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 2:47pm

      Re: Does anyone buy albums?

      I buy albums frequently, though given they're all from Bandcamp(easy to listen to the entire thing before purchase, no DRM, and that warm fuzzy feeling of almost all of the money going to the one who deserves it, the artist, with not a cent going to an *AA signed label) it's rare for the cost to ever be over $10, so it's easy to justify the purchase, even if one or two of the songs in it are a little sub-par.

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    Adam (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:49am

    18 months from now; headline: Secure New Music Format Debuts; U2 Only Playlists; No One Pirates.

    SUCCESS!

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      Michael, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:55am

      Re:

      18 months from now; headline: Secure New Music Format Debuts; U2 Only Playlists; DRM cracked in minutes, but nobody cares.

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:55am

    Well on the plus side, when this thing completely bombs in a big way, they can't turn around and blame piracy for it.

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 10:57am

    Progress!

    audiovisual is the way to go because the vast majority of people just want to stare at their screen in order to listen to music... right? and they already do that all the time and want to waste storage space and bandwidth to watch the visual component on the go... right???
    /s
    just goes to show how out of touch these guys are...

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:02am

    [Push This Button] Do you hear it ,no one else does either , but it's the only option available to have your music safe from the threat of p̶i̶r̶a̶c̶y̶ sharing.

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:02am

    Is this not U2 new album. After all how can you pirate it when it was already given away free by Apple?

    I suspect the new system will be for large company's to pay for the music so that it can be given away for 'free'. Hence no possible way to pirate it.

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      Rob, 19 Sep 2014 @ 1:20pm

      Re:

      I don't run iTunes, don't have an iPhone or iPad.

      If someone gives me a copy of the album from theirs, that's piracy. It was not given with the sanction of the company.

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    Spaceman Spiff (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:08am

    Piracy of a concert

    "Besides, we already have an "audiovisual interactive format for music that can't be pirated," and it's called a concert."

    Actually, with a good seating position and a decent digital stereo recorder, you can pirate a concert. It won't sound as good, but it will probably be decent. One caveat - just don't get caught!

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      John Fenderson (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:18am

      Re: Piracy of a concert

      As Marcus pointed out above, getting a good seat and recording the concert is not actually pirating the concert. It's pirating the audio and an aspect of the visual. A concert, however, is more than that, and the best recording equipment in the world can't reproduce the concert experience.

      I suppose some iMax recordings can sortof approach it, but even then it's not nearly the same.

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        JEDIDIAH, 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:32am

        Re: Piracy of a concert

        I wonder if a concert video recorded with surround audio with special attention given to "recreating the experience" might come close. Although I am not sure that anyone tries to do this.

        Even then. Properly configuring surround speakers is a dark art that can easily be botched. It's a chore that many may not ever want to bother with.

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          John Fenderson (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:38am

          Re: Re: Piracy of a concert

          "Although I am not sure that anyone tries to do this."

          That's precisely what those iMax concert recordings are trying to do. And it kinda-sorta works. However, you're still watching something on a screen -- even if it is a huge spherical screen surrounding you -- rather than taking part in a concert.

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            Nimas, 19 Sep 2014 @ 5:07pm

            Re: Re: Re: Piracy of a concert

            Actually, if what I saw with regards to the Oculus Rift may being used possibly in film (very short films) you might actually be able to get much closer (though you would probably lack the 'energy' of a live concert, but I'm not sure)

            That actually strikes me as a really cool thing to do with Oculus Rift. Sell a closer concert experience for people who hate to leave the house (like me!).

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              John Fenderson (profile), 20 Sep 2014 @ 5:38pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Piracy of a concert

              Perhaps, but it would still miss most of what makes concerts great. Also, it would still leave out people like me who don't want to support Facebook.

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        Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 2:34pm

        Re: Re: Piracy of a concert

        And how do you pirate said concert experience when it is your first date with your future wife?

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    Mike Shore (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:15am

    The only way to ensure an album can't be pirated is to give it away.

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    Trevor, 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:15am

    Wow

    Wow! I didn't realize Apple was going to be able to prevent people from holding a sound recorder up to a speaker!

    What can't they do? You know, other than keep people out of your iCloud...

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:19am

    Unfortunately, nobody will adapt the new format. Sony tried creating a new music format, MediaMonkey tried creating a new format and now Apple? Even Apple's current new format AAC, is not even adaptable to many media players out there and unless consumers embrace it, it will simply fail. Anyone remember Sony's ATRAC format? LOLS

    Many fans would rather that FLAC be adapted as the only audio source because it's true lossless audio. Even Apple's lossless audio format doesn't even come close to touching 320kbps. It remains at 256kbps, if you're going by bitrate.

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:24am

    8.6 courics

    This will be as successful as Bono's attempt to beat Randy Marsh for having the worlds largest crap.

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    Jeremy2020 (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:28am

    Ya know, I was just thinking the one thing music needs is me having to watch it.

    U2 already figured out a piracy free format. If you put out a crap album then no one wants it even if it is free.

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:36am

    "U2 Claims It's Working With Apple On A New Music Format That 'Can't Be Pirated'"

    U-huh - and I turn lead into Gold...

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    Steve, 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:51am

    Yes it is called Creative Commons (CC BY). Can't be pirated as it is free to copy.

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      Rob, 19 Sep 2014 @ 1:23pm

      Re:

      If you distribute it without the attribution or license, that's piracy, since you're violating the license.

      "Free to copy" doesn't mean "no terms"

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:56am

    the best thing for U2 and Bono to do with their music is shove it right up their chutneys!! who the hell has said their music is even worth pirating anyway??

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    Dave Cortright (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 11:56am

    Recreating the concert experience

    If you really intend to recreate the concert experience, it's going to require a heck of a lot more sensory input than just video and audio:
    • The wafting smell of pot that fading in and out
    • That group of narcissist frat boys behind you having an overloud and unrelated conversation about their camping plans for the weekend
    • Getting crappy overpriced beer spilled on you as some guy trip over a dozen people trying to carry 7 cups iwith his hands, forearms, chest teeth and chin.
    • The pillowy pressure of an overweight girl and her friends progressively infringing upon you personal space, who don't have seats in your section and are trying to inconspicuously hang out in the aisle without the usher noticing.
    • Waiting for 20 minutes in line just to pee, while listening to one of your favorite songs muffled from a quarter mile away.
    • A drunk girl screaming the lyrics to your favorite ballad, thus mitigating your enjoyment
    • Shivering uncontrollably for the last half of the concert because you forgot how cold it gets in California in the summer after the sun goes down. Then paying $50 for a concert sweatshirt you really don't want.
    • Hanging out in your car at midnight for 45 minutes after the show—moving about 14 inches feet ever minute—trying to exit the parking lot with that nauseous "my body needs sleep" feeling.

    If you can figure out how to pirate that, I can't wait to see it. ;-)

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      Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 1:46pm

      Re: Recreating the concert experience

      • The wafting smell of beer (at least as bad the pot-smell)
      • Having your hearing damaged by the ridiculously excessive volume, and...

      From personal experience, I'll add:
      • Having an asshole repeatedly mosh into you because you happen to be stuck at the edge of the pit and having to repeatedly turn around to push him away so that when you turn back to the stage...
      • Having someone stage-dive on your face, leaving your bleeding all over the place, and leaving you with a sneaker print on your face.

      Concerts suck.

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    gnudist, 19 Sep 2014 @ 12:08pm

    Fail

    I'll take a simple drm free mp3/ogg music file over locked down "multimedia experiences" anyday

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      gnudist, 19 Sep 2014 @ 12:10pm

      Re: Fail

      oh, and we have a way to piracy proof already: release the work into the public domain.

      Can't commit copyright infringement if there is no copyright to infringe

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 12:27pm

    If you can hear it...it can be copied.

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    sameer kamran, 19 Sep 2014 @ 12:47pm

    It will Suck!!

    well this will suck the freebie lovers -_-

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    hoare (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 12:50pm

    bono?

    I thought Sonny died. Does Cher know he's still alive?

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    eaving (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 12:59pm

    New obscure format with DRM, possibly ignored due to being obscure and noone cares.

    Magic UNCRACKABLE!!! format announced. Suddenly a million strong horde out to crack it simply to prove they are smarter, no matter that the format is still unused.

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    Jay Fude (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 1:33pm

    Brilliant

    U2 discovered if you make crap music, that nobody wants, even if it is free, then you magically get 0% piracy!

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 1:54pm

    Ah yes. Brilliant idea!

    So you invent a new music format that absolutely no current car stereo or most audio players can't play... and what? You expect it to be a success?
    And the whole multimedia experience will maybe attract a small niche of people who aren't doing anything else while listening to music. It is progress on some small level so I welcome it, but it is by no means groundbreaking.
    Sure there is Mac's and PC's that will be able to play this, but how the heck are you going to prevent people from recording the output channel? There are plenty of programs to do just that or just plain physical devices. Nobody needs to break the DRM.

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 2:04pm

    What's the point?

    Someone's just going to make a program or app that will convert these files to .mp3 or .flac anyway.

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    Anon, 19 Sep 2014 @ 2:16pm

    The Basic Problem - WHY??

    Any tech that seeks to replace other tech has one simple hurdle to overcome - why would anyone want it? Generally X replaces Y because it's either cheaper, more convenient, or better quality.

    DVD? *Way* better than VHS in sharpness, convenience, size and handling, etc. CD? Far better than vinyl or cassette. MP3 - play anywhere on anything, no hassles. Digital photos? Far cheaper, faster, more convenient, fit more in a camera than film. Keurig or Tassimo - so much more convenient than paper filters and grounds, even if the coffee is more expensive... and so on.

    So what's going to replace our current music format? Can a new format be significantly cheaper than MP3? No, not unless music sellers are going to cut album prices to $5 or less. More convenient? It's a file played on an electronic device -computer, iPod, phone - how do you change that? better quality? Heck, I can't tell my 128bit MP3 from the 320bit. Think anything is going to improve on that? Most music is listened to in the car, or walking down the street - noise cancelling might be great, but the music file itself - won't be noticeably different when competing with ambient noise.

    the same can be said of video - unless someone has a better idea than the competing MP4, DIVX and similar standards, they aren't going anywhere. DIVX beat MPG/MP2/VOB because it could crunch the file down by a half to a quarter; I doubt there's much more you can squeeze it. Quality? You can already get 1080p. Price? Kind of irrelevant in video, it's formatted to whatever the market wants, and if too badly overpriced, is competing against free.

    the only advantage I can see of a new format is for the publishers, but they aren't the ones making the buying decisions. The ones that fail to sell what the pubic wants will be the last to get profits.

    I suspect this U2 pet project is just something Jobs then Cook nodded along with to get their trained monkeys onstage to go perform for the big events. It won't go anywhere.

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 2:54pm

    Man, do you know what "tempts" me into buying music - yes, even that mythical unicorn of holy grails "full albums"?

    Good music.

    I've bought full albums from exactly two new bands in the past year, singles from probably a dozen more, as well as a Ultra Special Super Duper Fancy Edition CD from my favorite band that came with a bunch of extras including DVDs and a beautiful goddamn coffee table book, of all things. But 99.99% of music these days is overproduced pop trash or ridiculously twee faux-folk crap, neither of which appeal to my tastes in the slightest. A new filetype is not going to entice me into buying drivel that barely manages to hide its corporate influences, sorry Bono.

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    Zem, 19 Sep 2014 @ 3:03pm

    By making music so god damn awful that no one wants to steel it. Genius.

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    Greevar (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 3:11pm

    The secret to ending all piracy.

    Just abolish copyright. That's it. No more piracy.

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 3:53pm

    My best guess is that they plan to roll out special proprietary speakers that handle the DRM decryption instead of the usual software decryption. Moving the decryption from software to hardware is the only way I can think of to prevent trivial reproduction.
    Of course, that still wouldn't stop an ordinary microphone from recording the output. And some hacker somewhere would naturally want to take those special speakers apart to figure out how the DRM works, at which point you might as well have just flushed all those millions of development dollars down the toilet.
    Finally, who would want to pay extra for "piracy-proof music" speakers, when you could just download the music off the internet and use the speakers you already have?

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    connermac725 (profile), 19 Sep 2014 @ 3:55pm

    That 'Can't Be Pirated'

    IN 3 2 1 oops now it can creating new DRM only makes it more fun to crack it

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2014 @ 4:33pm

    U-Who, preaching copyright maximalism makes me lose respect, and no longer want to give my support which includes paid ownership of works. U2 you may still be on my playlist but you are banned from my purchase list.

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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Sep 2014 @ 12:57am

    The first time I read "Can Be Pirated". :P

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    Nop (profile), 20 Sep 2014 @ 1:36am

    The U2 secret to unpiratable music, revealed!

    After much research, I can reveal that the foolproof secret method is to be a has-been band who releases music that nobody wants.

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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Sep 2014 @ 4:38am

    "Besides, we already have an "audiovisual interactive format for music that can't be pirated," and it's called a concert."

    Challenge Accepted.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PdpHz8JNTo

    Challenge accomplished.

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    Kevin Carson, 20 Sep 2014 @ 1:17pm

    ..and probably won't be bought, if it's by U2.

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    John Fenderson (profile), 20 Sep 2014 @ 5:41pm

    "Concerts suck"

    It sounds like the ones you go to suck, true. Try one of the ones that don't include mosh pits.

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    GB, 18 Nov 2014 @ 7:53pm

    wow. so many drooling morons and complete assholes here. go fuck yourselves, you seething babies.

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