A rare gem of an item has been put up for grabs on eBay, a special edition U2 vs. Negativeland iPod. This unauthorized iPod includes all of the goodies that accompany the standard U2 iPod (black/red enclosure, exclusive poster, preloaded How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb album, etc), but it also comes pre-loaded with seven Negativeland albums (and hard copies of those CDs). It even comes in the standard iPod cube box. However the art has been altered to reflect Negativeland's inclusion. Proceeds form the sale of this unauthorized special edition iPod will go to Downhill Battle, a non-profit organization working to build a more fair music industry.
For those unaware of the relationship between U2 and veteran experimental outfit Negativeland, here goes. In 1991, Negativeland released the single "U2", a track that sampled heavily from U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and mixed it with off-color out takes from the one and only top 40 master, Casey Kasem. Needless to say, a fairly substantial legal battle ensued, resulting in the destruction of most of Negativeland's "U2" singles, making the remaining copies a nice collectors item. To this day, it is illegal to produce the "U2" single in the US.
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