19 of Apple's biggest tech blunders

Apple iPod U2 Special Edition (2004)

The largest company in the world has had more than its share of embarrassingly bad product launches. Here are Apple's worst of the worst.

First up: During the height of the iPod personal music player craze, Apple partnered with U2 to create a special edition signed (etched) by members of the band. The device also included "30 minutes of exclusive U2 video content downloadable from the iTunes Music Store."

Those features weren't enough to justify a $50 premium over the non-U2 iPod. Sales were so poor that the flop is now a collector's item, fetching $90,000 in a 2014 eBay auction.

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By Fox Van Allen

Fox Van Allen is a Los Angeles-based writer for CBS Interactive covering technology, tech lifestyle and gaming topics for GameSpot, CNET, ZDNet and TechRepublic. He has previously worked as a news and feature writer for a number of other sites, inclu...