U2, Apple In iPod Deal, Bono Wins TED Prize

U2 and Apple Computer are expected to announce next week that they have inked a deal to sell custom iPods. According to a source, the band's upcoming Interscope album "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,

U2 and Apple Computer are expected to announce next week that they have inked a deal to sell custom iPods. According to a source, the band's upcoming Interscope album "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," due Nov. 23, will come preloaded on iPods that will be available the week of street date.

Interscope declined to comment; an Apple spokesperson could not be reached.

E-mails from Apple's Steve Jobs and U2's Bono and the Edge have invited members of the press to a "special event" scheduled for Oct. 26 in San Jose, Calif.

U2's new single "Vertigo" is featured in current television ads for the iPod. The track has been an immediate hit on several Billboard charts; this week it is No. 2 on the Modern Rock Tracks tally, No. 19 on the Adult Top 40 chart and No. 44 on the Hot 100.

Meanwhile, Bono is one of three individuals who have been selected to receive the inaugural TED Prize, an award that includes $100,000 to be used to grant three wishes. The U2 frontman, who is being honored for his global activism efforts, joins medical technologies pioneer Robert Fischell and Canadian photo artist Edward Burtynsky as honorees "whose work was capable of transcending boundaries and making a significant impact on our shared future."

The three wishes of each honoree will be revealed during the next TED conference, set for Feb. 23-26 in Monterey, Calif. Founded in 1984 and acquired by the Sapling Foundation three years ago, the annual event brings together "leading opinion formers" to experience the latest inventions and ideas. Its name is an acronym for technology, entertainment and design.

Although the identities of those on the TED Prize nomination committee are secret, they are said to represent the fields of science, technology, business, arts and social entrepreneurship. The award's honorary advisory committee includes music innovator Herbie Hancock, as well as actress Goldie Hawn, author Eve Ensler, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and United Nations under-secretary-general for communication Shashi Tharoor.
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