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U2's Bono claims he's sunk the online pirates

By Staff Reporter

U2 frontman Bono believes the band's decision to give their 13th studio album Songs Of Innocence away free to Apple's half-a-billion iTunes members has "turned around" the trend for illegal downloading and online piracy.

"I don't believe in free music," Bono told Time Magazine. "Music is a sacrament. For the last decade, the interweb has had its way with music – we turned it around."

Apple paid the band a reported $100m, but was forced to release a U2 removal app after a backlash.

Bono described the blogosphere as full of haters.

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