Apple provides remove button for U2 album

16 Sep 2014

The webpage that asks whether you want to remove U2's album.

After a number of iTunes account holders went online to complain about U2’s Songs of Innocence album appearing in their library, Apple has now provided a one-click removal link.

When the album was immediately distributed for free to people’s iTunes after the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch unveiling last week, some rather disgruntled users were not happy with the Irish band’s album being a part of their music collection and could not find an obvious means to delete it.

Now, BBC reported, Apple has provided a weblink and button which removes Songs of Innocence from iTunes libraries.

In a statement to the BBC, Apple spokesperson Adam Howorth said, “Some customers asked for the ability to delete Songs of Innocence from their library, so we set up to let them easily do so. Any customer that needs additional help should contact AppleCare.”

However, if someone were to suddenly have a change of heart and attempt to re-download the album after 13 October, he or she would find it will no longer be free and a charge will be put on his or her account.

The estimated figure Apple paid the band is somewhere in the region of US$100m (€77m).

On U2’s own website, lead singer Bono seemed nonplussed about any people who are a little less than pleased that Songs of Innocence made it onto their iTunes library with no prior consent.

“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 said.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic