October 16th, 2014
The Apple ecosystem has, to this point, been pretty secure. Mac computers, for instance, have enjoyed a healthy multi-decade run as a platform unaffected by viruses, spyware, and other digital annoyances.
That all changed on September 9th, 2014 when an unexpected virus, named songsofinnocence.m4a, found its way onto not only every Mac and Windows-based computer connected to iTunes, but also every iPhone and iPad device. What’s possibly more troubling is that the bug was designed by the Irish rock band U2, and released by Apple.
Until this week, both responsible parties have kept quite on the cyber attack. That silence broke on Tuesday when U2 frontman Bono officially apologized for the whole affair.
“Oops … I’m sorry about that,” Bono told a group of Facebook fans. “I had this beautiful idea … might have gotten carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that thing. A drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard. There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess, we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.”
For now, this digital crisis has ended. That is, until another band decides to employ a similar devastating tactic. It’s a brave new world we live in now – where no computer (or device) is safe from digitally forced pop music.
Source: Consequence of Sound