Apple releases U2 album removal tool

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15 September 2014 Last updated at 14:32 ET
Apple releases U2 album removal tool
By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor

Apple has released a tool to remove U2's new album from its customers' iTunes accounts six days after giving away the music for free.

Some users had complained about the fact that Songs of Innocence had automatically been downloaded to their devices without their permission.

It had not been immediately obvious to many of the account holders how to delete the tracks.

The US tech firm is now providing a one-click removal button.

"Some customers asked for the ability to delete 'Songs of Innocence' from their library, so we set up itunes.com/soi-remove to let them easily do so. Any customer that needs additional help should contact AppleCare," spokesman Adam Howorth told the BBC.
Apple U2 removal tool Users who want to remove the new U2 album can now click a button to do so

Users who remove the album and do not download it again before 13 October will be charged for the 11 tracks if they subsequently try to add them again.

"It's embarrassing for Apple that it's had a bit of a backlash," commented Ian Maude from the media consultancy Enders Analysis.

"It was giving something away to its customers - so that part was really good - but what it should have probably done was make it optional. Not everybody's a U2 fan as it's just discovered.

"Is there any long-term impact? No. It's moved very quickly to fix the problem."
'Blood, sweat and tears'

Apple made the album available to about 500 million iTunes customers in 119 countries to coincide with its iPhone 6 and Watch launch event last week.
Tweet Some users had requested an easy way to delete the music from their media libraries

U2's singer Bono acknowledged at the time that not everyone would appreciate the gift.

"People who haven't heard our music, or weren't remotely interested, might play us for the first time because we're in their library," he wrote on the band's site.

"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."

Bono added that Apple had "paid" for the giveaway, and reports have suggested that prime placement of banner ads publicising the album on the iTunes store and other publicity provided by the tech firm might be worth as much as $100m (£62m).

Sales of earlier U2 albums have re-entered iTunes' charts and the band has also raised its profile ahead of an expected tour as well as a planned follow-up album called Songs of Experience.


OH Diss....
 

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Bono is always good for a laugh...

"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."

He always sounds so... so freakin' sanctimonious! Poor, poor Bono! :laugh2:

Yea, and he surely spent his spirit and soul-- leaving him considerably diminished, so great was the effort... but alas! The downtrodden multimillionaires from Ireland have lived to see their sacrifice languishing in somebody's junk mail... the weight of sorrow in their hearts must be unbearable!

Of course, elsewhere he doesn't sound quite exactly as he did above...

I Don't Believe in Free Music-- Bono Vox

“We were paid,” Bono tells TIME. “I don’t believe in free music. Music is a sacrament.”

--R :rofl:
 

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The whole "automatically downloaded" thing is BS. It appeares in your library, not as a downloaded album but as available for download by clicking the Cloud download icon.

That some users of Apple products are so dumb as to download it anyway is hardly surprising, but to turn it into a slap in the face for Apple is a bit nonsensical.

That said, I view it as a way to stealthily clog up the storage in people's phones encouraging those who dont have PCs/Macs to buy new devices in order to get some space.
 

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Does the free album come with the option of downloading nude photos of Bono from iCloud?

:D
 

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The whole "automatically downloaded" thing is BS. It appeares in your library, not as a downloaded album but as available for download by clicking the Cloud download icon.

That some users of Apple products are so dumb as to download it anyway is hardly surprising, but to turn it into a slap in the face for Apple is a bit nonsensical.

BUT BUT BUT...its APPLE! - its COOL and INTUITIVE, and its used by cool artists and hip creative people, and not used by boring middle-aged men with glasses, and it has ROUNDED CORNERS!

How could a user base that chose such a superior product be too dumb to understand what they are downloading?
 

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It automatically downloaded for me....

I'll be happy to have it removed. Not a fan.
 

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well.. As fond as I was of U2 especially in "The Joshua Tree" era, I feel that the greed and power expressed by linking up with multinational companies like apple is severely dangerous for us professional musicians. Giving product for free sets the expectation moving forward and no doubt will create a president that will be followed until it becomes a standard. Just like everything else it will make it to where only a few can make a living where as the 99% will fall short.

Sorta goes against the principles that I thought U2 represented in the past. Guess maybe there is more to fight for when you are struggling? there seems to be gateway that you walk through that turns off social responsibility and humility. Truly, the motivation is the same in any market. As soon as the dough starts to roll, there is the need to keep it rolling regardless of what it takes.

Sorry for the rant... just irritated me
 

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I need a t-shirt "I deleted "Songs of innocence" from my iTunes library"...
 

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affordablehearing said:
well.. As fond as I was of U2 especially in "The Joshua Tree" era, I feel that the greed and power expressed by linking up with multinational companies like apple is severely dangerous for us professional musicians. Giving product for free sets the expectation moving forward and no doubt will create a president that will be followed until it becomes a standard. Just like everything else it will make it to where only a few can make a living where as the 99% will fall short.

Sorta goes against the principles that I thought U2 represented in the past. Guess maybe there is more to fight for when you are struggling? there seems to be gateway that you walk through that turns off social responsibility and humility. Truly, the motivation is the same in any market. As soon as the dough starts to roll, there is the need to keep it rolling regardless of what it takes.

Sorry for the rant... just irritated me

U2 didn't give the album away for free. Apple did. I believe one of the quotes even says that U2 were paid.


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I think it's funny as hell. Apple paid millions to a preachy sanctimonious clod, just so everyone could ignore or delete it :rofl:
 

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Because you have automatic downloads enabled for music.

Settings -> iTunes & App Store -> Automatic Downloads -> Music

>Henry quickly checks Settings<

whew!

I'm insulted they'd think I would want it.

No, I'm outraged. :laugh2:
 

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affordablehearing said:
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Originally Posted by S_G_D

U2 didn't give the album away for free. Apple did. I believe one of the quotes even says that U2 were paid.


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its the same result...

So if a large company approached your band and said they would give you $1 million dollars guaranteed for your next album release you'd say no? Don't think I could.
For the record, I do not like 98 percent of their music. I just think it would be hard to turn down that deal. After all it is the music BUSINESS.


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So if a large company approached your band and said they would give you $1 million dollars guaranteed for your next album release you'd say no? Don't think I could.
For the record, I do not like 98 percent of their music. I just think it would be hard to turn down that deal. After all it is the music BUSINESS.


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yes.. I would have a hard time refusing it...
 

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This is now backlogged in my itunes downloads. I stopped it before it did too much damage. I think it is great they released a free album. I do not however think it is great they forced everyone to have it. If you have not heard of U2 by this point, you have to live in a cave. Let the fans download, and let the fans of real rock and roll never have to listen to it or deal with it
 

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Downloads automatically? no wonder the phone providers are always bigging up Apples stuff, it just helps them bill you for more data.
 

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