All U2 and Apple needed to do was ask - to invite people to opt in. Then what turned out to be a PR nightmare for Apple could have been a coup. Thanks, U2 fans would have said. The rest of us meanwhile would have nodded in appreciation at the idea, hoping that it would be followed by a similar deal from Megadeath or Michael Buble depending on our tastes.
The most interesting thing about the mainstream media reportage on the Spotify artist royalty debate is that in all the coverage I have read there has been hardly any reference to what the main problem is. The main problem is certainly not what Spotify pays the record companies and publishers... The problem here is what the record companies pass on to the artists.
There are few experiences more enjoyably Zen-like than buying in one of Apple's cool white stores. From Singapore to Shepherds Bush the experience is sublimely efficient. The browsing shopper, secure in the knowledge that everything has been displayed in an aesthetically beguiling manner, can be confident that the best is on show and shown to its best advantage. It is what makes shopping with Apple so special.