Apple Releases U2 Album Removal Tool…

Apple has released a tool to remove U2′s new album from its customers’ iTunes accounts six days after giving away the music for free.

Some users had complained about the fact that Songs of Innocence had automatically been downloaded to their devices without their permission.

It had not been immediately obvious to many of the account holders how to delete the tracks.

The US tech firm is now providing a one-click removal button.

“Some customers asked for the ability to delete ‘Songs of Innocence’ from their library, so we set up itunes.com/soi-remove to let them easily do so. Any customer that needs additional help should contact AppleCare,” spokesman Adam Howorth told the BBC.

Users who want to remove the new U2 album can now click a button to do so
Users who remove the album and do not download it again before 13 October will be charged for the 11 tracks if they subsequently try to add them again.

“It’s embarrassing for Apple that it’s had a bit of a backlash,” commented Ian Maude from the media consultancy Enders Analysis.

“It was giving something away to its customers – so that part was really good – but what it should have probably done was make it optional. Not everybody’s a U2 fan as it’s just discovered.

“Is there any long-term impact? No. It’s moved very quickly to fix the problem.”

Apple made the album available to about 500 million iTunes customers in 119 countries to coincide with its iPhone 6 and Watch launch event last week.

U2′s singer Bono acknowledged at the time that not everyone would appreciate the gift.

“People who haven’t heard our music, or weren’t remotely interested, might play us for the first time because we’re in their library,” he wrote on the band’s site.

“And for the people out there who have no interest in checking us out, look at it this way… the blood, sweat and tears of some Irish guys are in your junk mail.”

Bono added that Apple had “paid” for the giveaway, and reports have suggested that prime placement of banner ads publicising the album on the iTunes store and other publicity provided by the tech firm might be worth as much as $100m (£62m).

Sales of earlier U2 albums have re-entered iTunes’ charts and the band has also raised its profile ahead of an expected tour as well as a planned follow-up album called Songs of Experience.

British Company Gemfields to Mine Sapphires in Sri Lanka!

A British mining company, Gemfields has announced that it has entered a joint venture with to mine sapphires in Sri Lanka as part of its goal to expand its colored stone business.

The company already has mining operations in Zambia for emeralds and Mozambique for rubies and intends to add the blue sapphires from Sri Lanka to its products.

Gemfields has entered into a joint venture with East West Gem Investments (EWGI) based in Jersey, Channel Islands.

Gemfields has acquired 75% operating interest in 16 exploration licenses, covering a range of minerals, for about $0.4m and under the agreement Jersey-based EWGI will hold 25% of three Sri Lankan-based subsidiaries.

Under the agreement, Gemfields and EWGI will establish a gemstone trading company called Ratnapura Lanka Gemstones, which has already been approved by the Sri Lankan investment promotion agency Board of Investment.

In a statement released on Monday, Gemfields said it aims to utilize its proven exploration and gemstone experience in Sri Lanka, in a bid to replicate the success the company has achieved in its operations in Zambia and Mozambique.

“With revenue-producing emerald and ruby operations in Zambia and Mozambique already in the Gemfields portfolio, the proposed development of sapphire operations in Sri Lanka will realize our stated red, blue and green ‘traffic light’ of colored gemstones strategy,” said group chief executive Ian Harebottle.

Happy Birthday Richard Marx!

ABOUT
Pop and rock musician and singer-songwriter who scored numerous singles like “Don’t Mean Nothing” and “Satisfied” in the 1980s and 1990s.

BEFORE FAME
He started singing his father’s commercial jingles at age five and by seventeen, he had an invitation from Lionel Richie to work on an album.

TRIVIA
His self-titled debut album had four tracks land in the top three on the Billboard charts.

FAMILY LIFE
His wife Cynthia Rhodes acted and sang in the hit film Dirty Dancing. In April 2014, the couple announced their separation after 25 years of marriage.

ASSOCIATED WITH
He sang on stage alongside Hugh Jackman on the opening night of Hugh Jackman In Performance at the Curran Theater in San Francisco.

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