Cure frontman Robert Smith slams iTunes

The Cure frontman Robert Smith is furious at iTunes, warning fans not to buy new five-track remix EP, ‘Hypnagogic’, at the £7.99 the Apple music service currently lists the music at.

The EP – which features a selection of remixes by other artists of classic Cure tracks – has been released as an attempt to raise funds for the International Red Cross – all the band’s proceeds from the release will be given to the international aid organisation.

An EP, the release is meant to cost around £4, the singer thundered (in capital letters throughout) on the band’s website, urging fans, “PLEASE ONLY BUY THIS 5 TRACK EP FROM ITUNES WHEN IT IS AVAILABLE FOR AROUND £4.00 OR LESS AND YOU GET THE FREE 65DOS T.O.O REMIX – IT’S FAB AND THE MONEY (WELL – OUR SHARE OF IT!) IS GOING TO A GOOD CAUSE…

“THIS GOES FOR ANY OTHER ITUNES STORES AROUND THE WORLD, LIKE JAPAN..,” he added.

Smith’s message in full (which the faint-hearted should be aware includes some sweariness, understandable when Appe’s reluctance to address the problem is considered):

“ITUNES UK HYPNAGOGIC NONSENSE

PLEASE DONT BUY HYPNAGOGIC STATES EP FROM ITUNES FOR £7.99
IT IS ABSURD!

TMU (the man upstairs) HAS MANAGED TO FUCK THIS UP TO ANOTHER LEVEL!
MY EMAIL TO THEM TODAY IS BELOW
ITS EASIER THAN WRITING IT OUT AGAIN NICELY…
(THOSE OFFENDED BY COLOURFUL LANGUAGE LOOK AWAY NOW).”

“DEAR…

I FUCKING DESPAIR
AGAIN
HYPNAGOGIC STATES EP IS NOW UP ON UK ITUNES…
5 TRACKS FOR £7.99?
FOR FUCK’S SAKE!

AND THE PACKAGE IS COMPLETEY MISSING THE EXTRA BONUS TRACK (65DOS ALT REMIX OF “THE ONLY ONE”)
SO – YOU CAN BUY THE FOUR REMIXES BY 30STM/AFI/MCR/FOB INDIVIDUALLY FOR 79P EACH…

BUT YOU ONLY GET THE 65DOS “EXPLODING HEAD SYNDROME” REMIX OF ALL FOUR SINGLES IF YOU PAY £7.99 FOR “THE ALBUM”…

IE YOU ARE BEING ASKED TO PAY £4.83 FOR THE 65DOS REMIX… !!!
WHO THE FUCK IS GOING TO PAY THIS AND NOT FEEL TOTALLY RIPPED OFF?

IT’S NOT A FUCKING ALBUM!
IT’S A 5 TRACK EP
AND YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO GET AN EXTRA FREE TRACK (THE 65DOS REMIX OF “THE ONLY ONE”) IF YOU BUY IT AS A 5 TRACK EP
AND ITS SUPPOSED TO COST LESS IF YOU BUY IT AS A 5 TRACK EP THAN IF YOU BUY THE 5 TRACKS INDIVIDUALLY…

THAT IS WHAT WAS AGREED

THIS IS SO TOTALLY WRONG
I REALLY DO FUCKING DESPAIR

WHY IS IT SO INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT TO GET ANYTHING DONE RIGHT?

PLEASE FIX THIS NOW

At time of writing, the European iTunes team has completely failed to update the price of the record with what Robert Smith considers to be the correct price.

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6 thoughts on “Cure frontman Robert Smith slams iTunes

  1. Charlotte Sometimes

    Another reason not to buy downloads from iTunes, they have no value in the real world, and The Cure always have great artwork.

    You can’t hug an MP3.

    CS

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  3. Oliver

    Well, instead of bashing the iTunes team he should bash the company, which puts his music into the iTunes store. That’s not Apple. That’s his distributor.

  4. blip

    Is he slamming itunes? Sounds more like this letter goes to his label. They choose the price, not Apple.

    Makes a nice headlines though, eh? “SLAMS Apple”.

  5. JM

    It would seem that anyone who’s been around as long as he has should know how this works. It’s not Apple who sets the price.

    Being rude and insulting surely won’t make the Apple team want to help him fix his distributor problem.

  6. Faulds

    barkod dedi?imizde bundan birka? y?l ?nce akl?m?za sadece ?izgiler ve bo?lukar gelirdi. Zaten t?rk?eye de ?izgi kod olarak uyarland?. Ama ?uanda teknolojinin geli?mesine paralel olarak, bir?ok barkod g?rseli varyasyonu ?retildi.

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