Today in Apple history: Bono’s (PRODUCT) RED iPod


Remember this limited edition iPod?
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Oct13October 13, 2006: Ten years ago today, Apple launches its limited edition iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition music player.

Created in association with U2 lead singer Bono and Bobby Shriver, 10 percent of each units sold goes to fighting AIDS in Africa. “We’re ecstatic that Apple is giving their customers the choice to buy a red iPod nano and help women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa,” Bono says in a statement.

The unreal price of old Apple tech and our Lust List of the gadgets we covet on The CultCast

Want to trade your iPod for a sports car?
Want to trade your iPod for a sports car?
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This week, on The CultCast: Apple aims to end music downloads; you can now live stream your aerial drone flights to iDevices worldwide; staggering facts about who’s making money in the app store; creators of Siri demo an even smarter AI; the ridiculous resale value of old Apple tech; and we reveal our Lust List of the gadgets we’re currently coveting.

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Apple Music playlist highlights 40 songs from 40 years of ads


Apple Music is ugly and hard to use.
Apple Music is ugly and hard to use.
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Festivities for Apple’s 40th birthday have spilled over onto Apple Music this week, with an all-new playlist that celebrates songs from the company’s iconic ads over the years.

The 40-song playlist spotlights some of the best tunes of the present and the past. It’s available to all Apple Music subscribers, and includes hits from The Beatles, Rolling Stone, Eminem, Adele, Daft Punk, Lauryn Hill, Coldyplay, U2 and Bob Dylan.

Check out the full track list:

What happened to Apple’s marketing magic?


When will we see another "1984?"
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Chances are you can vaguely remember the last Apple ad you saw, but do you remember it in the same way you remember the company’s “1984” commercial for the original Macintosh, or its wonderful “Think Different” campaign? It’s been a while since we saw anything quite as iconic.

Friday-Night-Fights-bug-2Apple still creates great commercials we can’t help but talk about, but many fans would say those ads aren’t as good as they once were. Has Apple lost its marketing magic, or is it just too difficult to create truly iconic ads in the digital age?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight between Cult of Android and Cult of Mac as we battle it out over these questions and more!