The world famous band, U2, gave away their newest album, “Songs of Innocence”, to all iTunes users on Sept. 9. According to Apple’s Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, Apple gave over 500 million iTunes users the free album.
Apple paid the rock band to have the album exclusively available five weeks earlier than the initial release date for its users. Guy Oseary, the Irish rock band’s manager, said, “We’re quite happy that seven percent of the planet has this album, and they can enjoy it at their leisure.”
Though the album was free, many people have expressed their disfavor of having an album automatically downloaded to their iTunes. One of the most famous Tweets on the subject was by Twitter user Owen Williams who posted, “Hi @tim_cook (the Twitter account of Apple’s current CEO) my iPhone has a virus called “U2” how do I uninstall it?” The numerous amounts of angry Apple users might be the reason for why only 2 million iTunes users actually downloaded it out of the half a billion accounts offered the album.
Will Arnett, a junior studying music from Arizona, said, “That is a little creepy that they can just put that music on my phone. But it’s genius on U2’s part because now millions of people will see this album and think, ‘Who is U2?’ and start to look at older albums and download them too.”
The album release has had positive effects on the sales of previous albums. 17 of U2’s old albums are on the iTunes top 100 chart, with their 1987 release “The Joshua Tree” at no. 12.
To accommodate the requests of millions of iTunes users, Apple has released a web page that will remove the album from their music library at www.itunes.com/soi-remove.
U2’s “Songs of Innocence” will be available on Oct, 14th for purchase.