For her third album, Extraordinary Machine 2005 , Apple again collaborated with Brion, and began recording the album in 2002.
In 2012, she released her fourth studio album, The Idler Wheel.
She followed with When the Pawn.
The album was eventually re-produced without Brion and released in October 2005 to critical acclaim.
However, Apple was reportedly unhappy with the production and opted not to release the record, leading fans to erroneously protest Epic Records, believing that the label was withholding its release.