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Apple now lets you delete the U2 plague

News by Luke Jones on Monday September 15, 2014.

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And there was me thinking everyone was a U2 fan. Bono and his cohorts have invaded a great many people's iTunes accounts since Apple launched the iPhone 6 and it seems that consumers are not pleased. It turns out most people do not want free stuff when they are forced to have that free stuff as they have reacted angrily to U2's new album simply appearing in their libraries.

I do not like U2, but was still surprised by the outrage this caused. I thought it was a harmless gesture at best and just a bit of forced marketing at worst, but some see it differently. Invasion of privacy and data curation are just some of the things being banded around by those who have taken offense against Apple and the Irish songsters.

It should be pointed out that the album never actually went to people's libraries directly, but instead into the "Purchased" section of their iTunes account. From here they could choose to download or not, but it would remain in the purchased section until the Apple/U2 collaboration ends in October either way. Rather than just wait it out, a lot or people thought it more prudent to waste their time and complain, but hey, at least Apple has responded.

If you do not like this particular blend of politically charged kind of rock and want to eradicate the U2 threat from your iTunes library, here?s how.

Go to http://itunes.com/soi-remove.

Click Remove Album to confirm you'd like to remove the album from your account.

Sign in with the Apple ID and password you use to buy from the iTunes Store.

You'll see a confirmation message that the album has been removed from your account.

If you have not yet hit download, then the album "Songs of Innocence" will be removed entirely. If you did download it and suddenly realized what a dastardly thing this free album was, you will now be able to hide it permanently from your purchased list.

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