Helen Bach: Hey U2, give it to me too

When U2 gave away their new album for free, one fan wasn't happy
When U2 gave away their new album for free, one fan wasn't happy

I’ve been a U2 fan for many years – I think The Joshua Tree is a great album, certainly one of the best of the 1980s.

I also embraced Achtung Baby, and One is probably one of my favourite songs.

But I was more than a little annoyed with Bono and the boys last week when they gave away their latest album, Songs of Innocence.

Not that I mind them giving away their music – that’s completely up to them. No, it was the fact that they gave it away on iTunes, and I don’t have an iTunes account!

I’m one of those Luddites who prefers to still have actual CDs. I even trundle off to record shops to buy them, rather than having them delivered (how quaint and old-fashioned I hear you cry!).

I appreciate that this perhaps puts me in a minority. But I don’t own an MP3 player of any variety.

Instead I have numerous CD players and like to play music on those.

I also study the artwork on the cover of the CD and read the sleeve notes.

I like reading the lyrics of songs – invariably I’ve mis-heard them and would be singing along to my own variation were it not for the fact I can discover what they’re actually saying.

I was in a local town centre the other Saturday morning and I took a notion that I’d like to buy The Pierces or Ward Thomas’ albums – perhaps I was feeling influenced by the Yeehaw! festival at Rockingham Castle.

Sadly, there wasn’t anywhere I could go to make this purchase. All the record shops in this particular town have closed.

Thankfully there’s still a HMV in Kettering, and I will head there soon.

As for the new U2 album, I believe it’s on general release from October 13.

But will anyone buy it? I’m not sure I will – if they can give it away to iTunes customers, many of whom didn’t even want it, why not give it to fans who do?