U2 are 'selling out' with iPod deal, say fans

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They are one of the world's most socially conscious bands, whose front-man is a leading campaigner against poverty and Aids. But U2 has angered fans with its decision to sign a deal with the global corporation Apple and launch a special-edition U2 iPod.

They are one of the world's most socially conscious bands, whose front-man is a leading campaigner against poverty and Aids. But U2 has angered fans with its decision to sign a deal with the global corporation Apple and launch a special-edition U2 iPod.

The new iPod will come preloaded with U2's new album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, as well as a selection from the group's vast back catalogue. Unlike normal iPods, which are white, the U2 version will be black. The deal will be announced in California later this week by the band's lead singer, Bono, and Apple's founder, Steve Jobs.

Carrie Alison, editor of the biggest U2 fan website, Interference.com, said some fans fear the band is selling out. "Some will rankle at the band aligning themselves with a major corporation such as Apple, while also aligning themselves with Aids charity work," she said.

The U2-branded iPod is expected to cost about £20 more than a normal model.

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