Apple launches website to help users delete U2 album from their iTunes
If you have an iTunes account, you also have U2’s latest album, Songs of Innocence, in your music library—whether you like it or not.
Apple held an event last week where the company announced their new iPhone models and the upcoming iWatch, and where U2 showed up to debut their new surprise album. Turns out, Apple fans didn’t just get some cool news about gadgets that day: Anyone with an Apple ID got U2’s album automatically added to their device. And some people are not happy about that.
After multiple publications told users how to get rid of the album, Apple posted instructions on their website Monday detailing how to delete the album for good. These instructions lead to a specially made website where you simply press “Remove Album” and Songs of Innocence will (or should) disappear forever.
Despite the displeased “customers,” U2’s manager Guy Oseary calls the album “a gift” and claims he’s not surprised by the backlash. “If someone doesn’t like it, then great, that’s okay, delete it,” he told Mashable. Bono offered a similar sentiment: “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,” he wrote on the U2 website. Whether you think U2’s bodily fluids belong in your junk mail or not, this is just the beginning of Apple’s partnership with U2 that includes an upcoming ad campaign rumored to cost $100 million.
But for now, some people are coming around to the idea of U2 popping up on their phone—or at least Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator is. In a series of tweets, Tyler went from saying finding U2 on his phone is like “waking up with a pimple” to calling Bono a “beast.” Tyler, the Creator: poetic as usual.