If you really can’t stand the free U2 album “Songs of Innocence,” Apple has just posted detailed instructions on how to delete it from your music library and purchases.
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 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 manually.
Just a word of warning before you do this. If you change your mind and want the album, you’ll have to wait until Monday, Oct. 13 and purchase it from iTunes.
Apple and U2 announced the album during last week’s special media event that introduced the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch. Touted as the “largest album release of all-time,” it was available to download by more than 500 million iTunes users.
More than a few users complained that the album was automatically added to their purchases and music library. Late last week, a report said that the album had been downloaded more than 2 million times and helped to increase sales of other albums from the band. Apple also reportedly paid U2 $100 million to give away the music for free.
While the timing of the album release probably wasn’t the greatest after the celebrity nude photo leak, I was surprised by the huge amount of negative reaction.
Hopefully, these detailed instructions from Apple will help keep everyone calm and rocking out to whatever music they like.