Want to remove the U2 album from your iPhone? Well now you can.
According to the Washington Post, Apple has released a fix that will allow you to delete the album Songs of Innocence from your iPhone if you don’t want it. As most people know by now, U2 released their album last week and distributed it for free using iCloud. That means that just about everyone with an iPhone and/or with iTunes received the 11 songs whether they wanted them or not.
“Having the album in your iTunes library without downloading it doesn’t take up any room on your phone. But if you want to rid your device of any trace of the thing, you can now visit an official Apple Web site, sign in to your iTunes account and kiss the album goodbye. It should go without saying that deleting it means that you waive your right to getting the album for free.”
To remove the U2 album, you can manually delete each song, but the album will still show up as “purchased” in your iTunes library (don’t worry though, it won’t cost you anything). As previously reported by The Inquisitr, you can get rid of the whole album with one visit to this website: http://www.itunes.com/soi-remove which was set up by Apple.
While the whole idea of giving away a free album to millions of people might sound cool, many people were actually angry to have U2’s latest music without their consent. And it’s not because people don’t like U2. It’s more about Apple having control over your devices and doing things without your permission. Most people believe that the “free album” was a mistake, and Apple may even see it that way now. Reports suggest that the stunt could cost the tech giant upwards of $100 million (did you just feel the price of the iPhone 6 increase?).
Apparently U2 knew that people would want to remove their album… and that some wouldn’t be too happy about receiving the free music. According to Forbes, the band released a statement in anticipation of the potential backlash.
“What a mind blowing, head scratching, 21st century situation. Over 500 million people… that’s a billion ears. And for the people out there who have no interest in checking us out, look at it this way… the blood, sweat and tears of some Irish guys are in your junk mail.”
Were you angered by U2’s decision to give away their album or do you think people are overreacting?
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