After several previous collaborations, Irish rock group U2 and Apple have partnered to release the sole special-edition iPod to date. The iPod U2 (20GB only) shares most of its characteristics with the fourth-generation iPod but boasts a few key differences. The most noticeable is the player's black body and Ferrari-red scrollwheel.
Flip over the device, and you'll find another distinguishing design tweak:
the signatures of all four U2 band members have been laser-etched in the iPod's
shiny, silver rear casing, which also features a U2 stamp and the words special
To tie in with the U2 iPod, Apple have also released the world's first "digital box set," comprising the entire collection of U2's albums as well as unreleased demos and live recordings -- more than 400 songs in all. Entitled The Complete U2, you must use a broadband connection to get it. Purchasers of the U2 iPod are rewarded with a coupon for £50 off the price of U2's digital box set as well as a poster of the band.
Check out our review of the regular 20GB iPod for more information on this MP3 player's performance.