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It was rumored a few weeks back that U2 will make an appearance at the event where Apple is going to show off its new iPhones. That rumor was rubbished recently but yesterday the New York Times ran a report saying that U2 would indeed be present at the event. Once Apple was done with today’s announcements the legendary rock band was called out on stage where it performed a song and announced the launch of Songs of Innocence, its first studio album in five years. Apple will be giving away Songs of Innocence by U2 free to all iTunes users.

Every single one of iTunes’ 500 million plus users will receive the new album by U2 free of charge. It will certainly be one of the biggest album releases on iTunes, going out to users in more than 119 countries at once.

Apple has dibs on the new album by U2 which is why it won’t be available anywhere else until October 13th. No other streaming service, online music store or the neighbourhood record store will have it up before October 13th because till then the album is exclusive to iTunes. Though it will be available for streaming through Beats Music and iTunes Radio both of which are Apple’s services.

Even if you don’t have an iTunes account right now, create one by the aforementioned date and you’ll get to download Songs of Innocence by U2 absolutely free.

Filed in Apple >Audio. Read more about iTunes.

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