Apple Creates Tool for Users to Delete Unwanted U2 Album

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    During Apple's keynote announcement, the company announced plans to provide U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," to all iTunes customers for free. Rather than letting customers choose to download the album on their own, however, Apple pushed it to iTunes accounts, causing some devices to automatically download the album without explicit user permission.

    The move upset users who did not want to have U2's album listed on their devices, which has now prompted Apple to create a process for removing the album from user's devices. According to Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr, who gave a statement to Re/code, customers were asking Apple how to delete the album after it was distributed, which has led Apple to create both a tool and a support document that outlines the process for removing the album from iCloud.

    To remove the U2 album, users are directed to Apple's new removal tool that will automatically remove the U2 album from an account after signing in with an Apple ID and password.

    Apple warns that once the album has been removed from an iTunes account that it will no longer be available as a previously purchased album. Users have until October 13, 2014 to manually reinstall the album for free.

    Article Link: Apple Creates Tool for Users to Delete Unwanted U2 Album
  2. 5t3f4n macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2011
  3. SilianRail macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2011
    The album is so terrible it should be considered malware.
  4. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Good thing, I suppose.

    Shouldn't haven pushed it in the first place.
  5. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
  6. Señor macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2013
    United States
    Now why can't they just do this for everything you purchase?
  7. chirpie macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2010
    The rational among us were hopefully calm all along. ^_^
  8. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    I like U2 but realize that people don't want stuff forced down their throats. I guess this tool decreased the support call time.
  9. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    This is such a ridiculous thing to complain about.
  10. acearchie macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    I don't understand how Apple could have thought this was going to work?

    A lot of people didn't understand that it hadn't been downloaded to their device but equally how did Apple think that U2 was a universally liked sound?
  11. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    Wow....Who doesn't like free stuff?

    But I guess there could an issue if you really despise U2.
  12. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    It would be more useful to be able to delete purchases permanently from the purchase history. Like apps that you downloaded to try them and they were rubbish, songs that someone downloaded when they were twelve and now don't want anybody to know about, and so on.
  13. NachoGrande macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2010
    Ungrateful? No one asked for the album. What if it was some country music or rap or something you don't like. :rolleyes:
  14. spotlight07 macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2007
    Just wait... the largest album rollout ever becomes the most deleted album ever. (I'm actually a U2 fan, though so I'll keep my copy.)
  15. chirpie macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2010
    Oh, I'd love that for some apps I've downloaded.

    I can imagine some people who would love some dating apps to disappear from their account after they've found someone to be with. LOL.
  16. cRuNcHiE macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2007
    So this tool means you can't get it for free in the future?

    Why not just 'hide purchase'. That's what I did
    Open itunes > ITUNES STORE> 'Quick Links' PURCHASES> choose item and click the X on the right. VOILA!

    Though now i come to think of it, could this app be hacked to wipe all of U2's music from existence?
  17. k1121j macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2009
    New Hampshire
    thank goodness I've been swamped with support calls about this
  18. numlock macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2006

    although not charged we are paying for it (like everything) and you find it objectionable if people want to delete it from their library?

    but one thing is for sure it must have been considerably more than "some customers"
  19. TimUSCA macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    I'd delete it and stop caring.
  20. Jimrod macrumors 65816

    Jun 24, 2010
    People buying expensive devices which are by their nature locked down with minimal user customization (Apple vs Android argument) would rather not have anything they don't want forced upon them. If, like many people, you dislike U2 I'd almost find that reason enough to purchase another brand on principal. Apple should actually offer this option for many apps they force us to have as well.

    Nothing to do with being grateful - I could offer Bono a free kick in the groin but I doubt he'd be happy when I delivered it.
  21. iSRS macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2010
    Actually, I think it is pretty great!

    It is a FREE album that takes up virtually ZERO space on your device. Apple over estimated the intelligence and sanity of some of it's customers.
  22. kerrikins macrumors 65816

    Sep 22, 2012
    As someone who doesn't really care about U2, I don't really understand the fuss tbh. I think people are just making a stink because they can.
  23. numlock macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2006
    you were?
  24. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    I like U2. I like this Album. Your statement is nothing more than your opinion which is not shared by everyone.
  25. UncleSchnitty macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    First this now free apps!!! God Apple, stop giving me free stuff!!!

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