As we explained in a recent Music Ally Report feature, almost no big albums reach their official release date without being leaked online, nowadays. So it’s no surprise to see that Depeche Mode’s newie Sounds Of The Universe is all over the torrent sites, despite not coming out until 21 April. However, the twist in this case is that the album is the first to get Apple’s new iTunes Pass treatment, where fans signed up for $18.99 to get the album and other exclusive tracks and content.Digital Music News suggests fans who’ve signed up to the deal won’t be happy – we wonder if Apple couldn’t factor this into the process, and be ready to release the album early to iTunes Pass subscribers.

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