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Apple Music didn't ban track over Vision Pro parody, admits artist

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Singer/songwriter Tim Arnold says his "Super Connected" album stayed off Apple Music because of a miscommunication, not because one track features a parody of Apple Vision Pro.

Arnold's album includes a song called "A Commercial Break," in which British celebrity and famous Apple fan Stephen Fry extols the "iHead" headset. According to Arnold himself, there were reports that this led to Apple banning the album — but that this is definitely not true, no.

Rather, Arnold vaguely claims that there was a "communication breakdown" between Apple Music and his record label, Ditto Records. For six months.

Following completely unrelated protests from artists ranging from the Kaiser Chiefs to Spandau Ballet, the "communication breakdown" happens to have been resolved.

"These past six months have been mentally exhausting trying to get the album onto Apple Music, but I am thrilled it's finally available," said Arnold in a statement. "I'm not sure if it was Apple or Ditto Music who changed their mind... but I think this has all been down to the limitations of digital communications — which is precisely what the album is all about."

"Apple has not only shown that it stands up for the 'different ones'," he continued, "but their support for Super Connected' makes them a champion for authentic human connection in the amorphous digital age we're living in."

The album is now is available on Apple Music. There's no sign, though, of Arnold's feature-length video featuring his "iHead" headset.

That's got to be because the video is too long for Apple Music, it can't be because the headset featured in it is as reminiscent of Vision Pro as all headsets are. Can't be.

And to make sure we understand that there wasn't a ban and that the ban wasn't in any way because of the headset, musician Tim Arnold turns to legal-speak. "However, any resemblance between Arnold's spoof and Apple's Vision Pro was purely concidental," says that announcement.

Whatever the reason for the album not being allowed onto Apple Music, Arnold managed to get support from notable figures. They include the Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson, 10cc's Kevin Godley, and Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp.

The album was reportedly included on Spotify without any issues.