“We’re collaborating with Apple on some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will transform the way music is listened to and viewed,” Bono wrote in an open letter on the official U2 site earlier this month. “We’ll keep you posted. If you like Songs of Innocence, stay with us for Songs of Experience. It should be ready soon enough … although I know I’ve said that before.”
“The 30-percent that we’re missing I think we’ll be able to generate relatively easily,” he explained, “But the amount of energy it will take to refine the perspective of those songs is hard to predict.”
As for whether the effort would arrive via iTunes like Songs of Innocence, he added, “I think we just have to wait and see. There’ll be a bit of water under the bridge before we get to that point. But yeah, I think it would be a bit predictable to do the same thing. And y’know, the law may have changed by then and we’ll have to find some other way of doing it.”
Guitarist the Edge echoed the group’s upcoming plans in a recent Rolling Stone piece that pointed out the more than 100 songs U2 has worked on in recent years with producers such as Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth and Ryan Tedder. “Early on it became obvious that we were working on two separate albums. The majority of the unfinished songs are worthy of becoming part of Songs of Experience and some are already as good or better than anything on Songs of Innocence. The Songs of Experience album will be released when it’s ready. I hope it won’t take nearly as long.”
For more on the melodrama surrounding Songs of Innocence, read about how the band managed to beat this year’s Grammy deadline here, and Eric Harvey’s “Partners In Smarm” essay on their questionable love affair with Apple.