Apple lets iTunes users delete free U2 album from music library and purchases

Apple has now posted an official procedure on how to remove the new, and at the moment free, U2 album Songs of Innocence from a user's iTunes music library and purchases. The company automatically added the album last week for people who access iTunes with an iPhone or iPad.

Here's the procedure in full:

Apple notes that once the album has been removed from a user's iTunes account, it will not be available again for re-download or repurchase, so you had better be sure you don't want to hear the band's latest work. Apple adds, "If you downloaded the songs to iTunes on your Mac or PC or to the Music app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you'll need to delete them (opens in new tab) manually."

Apple also notes that you can hide Songs of Innocence from your iTunes purchase list, which is something that we have already written about. What do you think of Apple offering a way to get rid of this freebie?

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94 Comments
  • Nice that was fast, get the crap off my phone
  • It was actually never ON your phone.... It's also a pretty good album. Amazing how entitled you fucking people are.
  • It was on my phone when i look through my artist or albums it showed up u fuck and U2 sucks
  • Unless YOU physically downloaded, it was never on your phone. If it showed up, it's because you have the music app ticked to show purchased music. Sent from the iMore App
  • Perhaps jrlbruins enabled the itunes option "automatic download".
    See apple support "http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4539?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US"
    IF he did then it is his own fault for not knowing what he/she was doing and should cry less loudly!?
  • As others have pointed out, if you enabled automatic download of purchases, then it was downloaded automatically.
  • "Purchased", in this case, being friggin' FREE. Sent from the iMore App
  • Well now I'm fucking confused. Sent from the iMore App
  • Lolz Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • From what I can gather through the news, the US is currently heavily suffering from Firstworldproblems-itis. Ebola? ISIS? ?Ferguson? what's that? the REAL problem is having a free album on your iPhone.
  • This. It's even free, for pity's sake. You aren't being forced to pay for it. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • You should throw your phone in the next trash can you see. Sent from the iMore App
  • Now how about one for those useless stock apps?
  • newsstand too
  • This. Sent from the iMore App
  • *sigh* Wow... Sent from the iMore App
  • Thank goodness this long national nightmare is over. The amount of noise regarding this was beyond hysteria.
    Apple gave you a free U2 album. No one died, no one was hurt.
    We can all get a good night's sleep tonight. Problem solved.
  • How 'bout them Brewers? Sent from the iMore App
  • My friend made me listen to it and told me that I had to make some else listen to it with in 14 days otherwise I would die.
  • I think they just should of made it available for free for a certain time like everything else and if anyone wanted it we all could go and do it on our own. When I first figured out it was already purchased for me I was confused. They never done anything like this before. Sent from the iMore App
  • What is wrong with people? There is a lot of stuff people do not want just cause it is free. Do not download stuff to peoples accounts unless they want it. Their account, their choice. Respect peoples choice
  • +1000000000 Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Does this mean you'll finally stop whining?
  • iWon. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Being a toddler you must be thrilled. Sent from the iMore App
  • Being a feminist, you must be sad...tearsies Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • What the hell does that have to do with anything? You hate feminists or something? This is hardly the place to be talking about that or like that. Period.
  • I'm flabbergasted that there are people who were actually irritated by this freebie or bonus that Apple provided. Obviously it had farther reaching unintended reactions from the Big Brother fearing groups (or other conspiracy theorists) for Apple to initiate something like this. Just goes to show you can't please all of the people - all of the time!
  • They should have offered a link t download it if people wanted it. Period. Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • Wow dude. Wow. Period. Sent from the iMore App
  • Really? Personally can't stand U2. Never liked them. So now when I have my music shuffle I have to hear there horrible music. My options.. Take 15 minutes out of my day to google how to remove it.
  • The irritation stems from hearing U2. The other day I tapped Siri and said "Siri play.."and forgot the name of the song I wanted to hear just long enough for siri to autocue my music. Second song up is -U2?? what? I never downloaded it, I guess it is streaming, I am not real familiar with my itunes settings, having just started using the phone for music, but I am certain I did not initiate this U2 earhole violation I am now enduring. So I Googled "remove this U2 garbage from my iphone", and found this helpful page.
  • Unreal. What a generation of God damn whiners. Focus that energy into something that really matters.
  • Join the Army...ISIS is a real problem Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • *sigh* Wow…
  • Forgive my bluntness, but please let this mean the whiny little bitches will STFU now. Please.
  • Seems you are whining about the whiners as much as the whiners are whining.
  • Cause the whiners are ruining it for the people who are grateful for a gift, regardless of whether we liked it or not.
  • I am not saying it is not justified. Just kinda funny.
  • Nobody buys you gifts? I'm sorry :( Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • For cry out loud! The idea that EVERYBODY must like a free U2 album is totally absurd. There was a problem with what Apple did, so much so that they released an official procedure on how to remove the album.
  • It works for apple..and Focus On The Family... Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • LOL... Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I was actually expecting an apology too... But this company is famous for saying you are holding it wrong or doing it wrong.. Anyways it's good for people like me who wanted to just remove this album completely from everywhere, even from my purchase history. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I'm sure they are sorry...that some of their users are entitled whiny babies. An apology? How arrogant ARE you? You demand apologies for anyone who gives you something not up to your apparent lofty standards? Sent from the iMore App
  • It was never about The so called gift, it was about the way it was given... And I don't loose my temper on some unknown person over Internet easily.. Next time try harder.. And come up with something good.. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Exactly Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • Given how you feel about being forced to view unwanted content, how the hell do you use apps with ads? Your attitude is nonsense, but looks like you held your breth long enough. Too funny
  • Huh! Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • So it's not the gift, it's the wrapping paper you don't like.
  • What if I gave you my penis for free while you were sleeping...for free? No knives or violence.. Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • Well you just did more to completely damage your 'argument' than I could ever do. So congrats. Sent from the iMore App
  • Why are you going full-retard? Does this piss you off that much?
  • I like free gifts (assuming they don't suck, which coincidentally U2 does) but I don't want someone to come into my home without my permission to drop it off.
  • Wow...people will complain about anything, lol.
  • Here's what bugs me about this album being put in to accounts. The ego that assumes that people would know why it was there. That Apple assumes everyone was watching the event, and knew it was there. I think it's a common reaction to assume they were charged, and be angry about that. So I understand that, but once they find out it's free and not on their device, that's a different story.
  • Well, if you are on top of your finances and check often (as you should) you would know that you DIDN'T get charged. Really? That's what bugs you now a days? Find something worth getting annoyed at, other than some tech company doing what ever the hell they are ALLOWED to do. At the end of the day it's NOT affecting anyones life, so just move on. IF this bothers you then you have WAY too much time on your hands.
  • Because I clearly said that it bugged ME that I thought I was charged right? What I said bugs me is Apple's ego. That's it. They assumed everyone would know this, because how could they not be watching the event? People's common knee-jerk reaction with iTunes stuff is "I was billed, oh my gosh!" As it takes a few days for them to get the bill sometimes, they thought they were stopping a bill before it happened. Again, the ego that assumes that everyone watched the event is what bugs me, not the act of giving the album, or that people thought they weren't checking accounts, as they aren't instantly updated with iTunes charges.
  • Good that they provide an option. Bad that they foisted the album on everybody in the first place, requiring users to opt out. Sent from the iMore App
  • This is hardly 'coming into your house'. This would be more like putting a free CD into your mailbox.
  • Putting something in your mailbox you couldn't throw away...until the uproar Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • AOL used to do that all the time and it was a delight!
  • As someone else said, those who are annoyed by the complaints are...complaining just as loudly, and more rudely. I've got iTunes Match so I might not be happy if it showed up in my shuffle and I couldn't figure out why or how to stop it. But, whatever, any excuse to be rude is good enough for some.
  • A bunch of whiners whining about getting free stuff. Free. Stuff. It is the same as whining about Apple preloading the Pages app on the upcoming iPhone 6.
  • The difference is, you will buy it that way.... Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • True. Sent from the iMore App
  • Has it really come to this? :,
  • I just hope apple doesn't decide to never give away free stuff again because of you ungrateful idiots! Thanks for possibly ruining it for the rest of us... Sent from the iMore App
  • +1
    It may have been an ill conceived idea, but shit, the sentiment behind it was legitimate. Our customers have made us absurdly rich. Here's our way of saying "thank you"! Sent from the iMore App
  • Wow it's a free album I am not a U2 fan per say but it's free music I wish they did more of it. Sent from the iMore App
  • Tone deaf move to just push the album on everyone. They should have just had a code like those little cards you see at Starbucks, for people to get the album for free.
  • You are right. You should chuck your iphone into a river to show some solidarity. Sent from the iMore App
  • Apple made a very fast solution to those who want to delete U2 gift album, and this is what i like to Apple they made this but you have also choose some option, if you decided to delete it you will not downloaded anymore, me i don't delete it even these and those gift automatically downloaded in my library, that's why i like Apple they were always updated and made a very fast solution and options. Sent from the iMore App
  • I ask this question.... How many of you out there don't have a single song or album in your library either by iTunes or physical disc etc that you don't really like. I bet there is not one person who doesn't have at least one song they regret buying or added for whatever reason. And has your life been be-hindered in anyway because of this????? NO! You just ignore it any listen to what you rnjoy.... Sent from the iMore App
  • No. I rank it 1 star. Then on my Mac I uncheck it. Then from time to time I look at unchecked and low ranked albums and obliterate them from history.
  • you need to jump off a cliff like the rest of the lemmings do in your disgusting genetics
  • The mistake was giving it away for free. They should have charged 5¢ then people would be complaining that it was too cheap.
  • In the future, I want all my free album downloads donated to third world families who don't HAVE any U2. Or the Red Cross.
  • Also an awesome idea. "We were going to give our users a gift that, combined, was worth about $50m... But because our users are comprised of some pretty squeaky-wheel-whiny- losers, we're going to donate $50m to starving families in Africa....wait, what, they don't like Tasty Wheat.... Shit, here's a link to the instructions to eliminate it from your system" Sent from the iMore App
  • A million iPhone users will download a million damn fart apps. But some free music that they can choose to, or not to listen to? NO! Get it off my phone!
  • I'd just like to say that this is my only line.
  • Strange... People complaining here are owners of iOS devices because only them were 'offered' the U2 album. Not Android or WP device owners. And you cannot understand or accept that the way Apple delivered the 'gift' was badly thought. Again, was so badly though that they had to make available a tool so that people that are not happy with the 'gift' can remove it. I can only conclude that something WAS wrong in the first place. I actually accepted the 'gift'. Haven't listened to the album yet but I defend the right of anybody complaining about it. Let's respect each other's opinions, please.
  • Respecting each other's opinions in this case is like:
    You walked into your own surprise birthday party and everybody was so glad for you and brought you gifts - but you felt so violated and raped that your friends and family had the gall to shove all those un-asked for gifts down your throat that you start yelling and spazzing out at them. Remember, the gifts are already given to you and are already IN YOUR HOUSE. Oh man, what violation of your liberty and right to express yourself! Just because you can say something does not mean you should.
  • nice...done!
  • IPhone, iPad and Mac or PC. Remember computers?
  • The album being available in the iTunes Purchased section was also on the news. I believe that some people that are complaining have automatic downloads on. I have it completely turned off, so I have a choice what gets downloaded to my 5s/6+.
  • But that's the thing, all the OSes do it, they have automatic download turned on. Many consumers aren't aware that it's turned on and don't know how to turn it off unless someone shows them. Those of us who frequent tech sites are very different from regular customers. I had to go in and help my mom turn off certain things on her iPhone when she was complaining about her data and battery being drained quickly. Auto download was one of the issues. I can understand why some people are upset about how the free album download was given. Some people didn't even know about the download and those that did may have thought you would have the option to click on the album and the download it for free. Either way, Apple will do it differently next time. Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • That's was nice! Sent from the iMore App
  • Really????? Sent from the iMore App
  • I was annoyed by the "free" album. Even more annoyed by the "artistic" album cover. In my part of Texas a man sniffing his son's crotch is not socially acceptable. Maybe in the Heights, but not in west Texas. Not a homophobe remark, just that the visual imagery is disturbing to me since I didn't get a say in it appearing on my phone.. I appreciated Genesis member Phil Collins donating Alamo memorabilia, but as for this U2 freebie...no thanks. Never been a U2 fan especially, and the funky behavior of Bono (see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1080636/What-St-Bonos-wife-... ) is about as weird as Mullins. YMMV
  • Having said that...I appreciate this website for the removal instructions. As a computer technician I will get some calls to remove this freebie U2 eyesore from client phones. Probably been $100,000 already spent on technicians worldwide to fix this "freebie". Chalk it up to the social and economic costs of the out of control Internet and push technology.
  • the whiniest sorry pansies of all are the homos defending this invasion of privacy. dude nobody said they hate free stuff, but nobody also wants to be FORCED into having random crap added to their music library, that's a breach of privacy, YOU CANT JUST FORCE MUSIC INTO OTHER PEOPLES EARS they are not whining, they are defending their FUCKING RIGHTS. get yoru shit together you spoils of humanity, everyone complaining about the people who are pissed off, you are the product of natural selection no longer KILLING OFF YOUR STUPID GENETICS from what could have been a great humanity
  • Thank God...that was really annoying album that littered on my iPhone...
  • Dear people who are saying that this free "gift" from Apple and U2 was a kind gesture, This shit they call music is ear rape. We didn't give consent to recive us this. Apple could have at least given us the option to delete the album, however they said "Take this, it is a free gift. It is impossible to throw away or hide it from your eyes. You're welcome," They should have instead said, "Here is a gift for being a loyal customer. We understand it may not be in your tastes. Would you like it?" Many more people probably have actually ENJOYED the album, since it was an offer. Apple realized their mistake and finally gave the option to remove it.