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    Bono the Scrooge

    So I go onto iTunes to buy a few new U2 tracks I've been hearing and guess what? Those guys make them "Album Only" purchases.

    So, if I want them, I basically have to spend at least $10 to get them.

    That's all good and well, but I already own the other songs on the album.

    They basically punish their long-time fans who have their catalog.

    You know, Bono wants to help the poor, and I know one guy who has $10 more in his pocket because he's no longer a fan.

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    Re: Bono the Scrooge

    A celeb who wants to tell us we should feal guilty if we don't give all our money away but is out trying to get theirs?

    Shocking.....
    a super volcano of ridonkulous suckitude.

    I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate

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    Re: Bono the Scrooge

    He's such a self-righteous jerk. I'm just over the guy.

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    Re: Bono the Scrooge

    Don't the record companies make these decisions?

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    Re: Bono the Scrooge

    Don't the record companies make these decisions?
    They might, but I'm sure they could do something. It's not like this is their first record and they have no pull.

    I normally don't mind, but I already bought the other stuff. I don't need two copies of "Where the Streets Have No name," just so I can have the honor of having the new stuff.

    I realize bands have done this before with greatest hits sets, but this technology wasn't around then.

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    Re: Bono the Scrooge

    I don't begrudge the guy turning a buck. He gives more than his fair share back. Unlike a lot of people.

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    Re: Bono the Scrooge

    He gives more than his fair share back.
    And so do the fans who already bought their stuff the first time.

    I already bought it once, so I have to give again because this guy's a charitable dude?

    Maybe I should buy two cars from Ford, you know, the guys who run that place gave $3 million dollars to the National Diabetes Foundation.

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    Re: Bono the Scrooge

    You mean you don't download your musical illegally?

    I didn't know such people existed.

    I guess cross that off the list of unicorns, leprechauns, the Loch Ness Monster, and Bigfoot.

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    Re: Bono the Scrooge

    You mean you don't download your musical illegally?
    I've paid for everything I've gotten. Sometimes even twice when I wanted to replace my cassettes with CDs.

    I'm not paying this clown again for two or three new songs.

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    Re: Bono the Scrooge

    Ummm...ok. Does that make every artist who ever produced a greatest hits record with a couple newbies tacked on a scrooge. Until recently you had to buy the greatest hits album anyway to get the new stuff . Just because we are in the digital age doen't make Bono, one of the most generous, well-doing, musicians out there a scumbag. Greatest hits albums are fine with me, and if you're a diehard you buy the stuff, its a part of life. Welcome to the music business.

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    Re: Bono the Scrooge

    I am thinking it is the record company.
    Look for anything recorded on the old Apple lable - They Beatles, Badfinger. They are either not available, or we are charged to listen.
    Remarkably popular groups like The Beatles, U2, Zepplin and the Stones seem to suffer the same affliction.

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    Re: Bono the Scrooge

    Honestly, boy, I have a hard time with anyone calling Bono a scrooge. Dude gives tons of time and $$$ to fight AIDS in Africa. He's also involved in a number of other charities. Too bad he gets labeled a "scrooge" in this forum when, unlike so many other celebs, he actually cares about the poor and afflicted in the world.

    Just mark me down for someone who supports Bono. I'll gladly pay more music from a dude that's making a difference in the world instead of "wasting" it all on self-indulgence. But that's just me.
    For every action there is an equal and opposite criticism.

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    Re: Bono the Scrooge

    Quote Originally Posted by max venable View Post
    Honestly, boy, I have a hard time with anyone calling Bono a scrooge. Dude gives tons of time and $$$ to fight AIDS in Africa. He's also involved in a number of other charities. Too bad he gets labeled a "scrooge" in this forum when, unlike so many other celebs, he actually cares about the poor and afflicted in the world.

    Just mark me down for someone who supports Bono. I'll gladly pay more music from a dude that's making a difference in the world instead of "wasting" it all on self-indulgence. But that's just me.
    Self-indulgence like flying his hat first class across the country? Like moving his assets into the Netherlands where the taxes are lower while asking Ireland to raise taxes to provide more aid to Africa?
    "I share Bono's desire to see more resources devoted to Ireland Aid but it is more difficult to make a case for it if everyone is not willing to be part of the social contract that stipulates that everybody should pay their fair share in what is a low-tax country."
    -Irish Labour's Finance Spokeswoman Joan Burton
    Last edited by Razor Shines; 12-23-2006 at 11:11 PM.

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    Re: Bono the Scrooge

    On second thought...Yeah...you're right...he's a worthless scrooge.
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    Re: Bono the Scrooge

    Ummm...ok. Does that make every artist who ever produced a greatest hits record with a couple newbies tacked on a scrooge.
    The greatest hits packages were mostly beofre the age of downloading one song at a time.

    When they were on CD, those were fine because you may have been duplicating the songs but at least you got everything on one CD plus the new stuff.

    We no longer live in that time. The whole point of the iPod is to put things on that I want. If I already have something, why would I want it twice when it offers no advantage?

    To me, you do not force people to buy something they already own just to get 3 dollars worth of music.

    My problem isn't that he's charitable- he wants me to finance it for him. I realize this is the record company, but it's not their name I'm clicking on when I buy it.

    It's still a crappy thing to do to long-time fans. Maybe I should just have twenty copies of "One" so Bono can give some money away to third world countries. Heck, make it 30.

    It's not like I'm wanting the songs for free- I want to buy them, I just don't want to pay the extra 7 dollars for songs I already own.

    Bono wants to bring technology to everybody but when it might cost him some money, he wants to play by the old rules.
    Last edited by Dom Heffner; 12-24-2006 at 12:59 AM.


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