When Apple hijacked every functioning iPhone on the planet and added U2’s new Songs Of Innocence to those phones’ iTunes libraries, the company probably expected some backlash, but I can’t imagine they envisioned what they got: enough outrage, mockery, disinterest, and confusion to more or less drown out even the most glowing reviews. The Tumblr Who Is U2? was born with the mission statement, “What is a U2 and why is it on my phone??! Apple put U2’s latest album in people’s iTunes account and caused a bit of panic. We’re here to revel in the hysteria with updates throughout the day.” Since last Thursday, it has amassed some 200 posts. Part of the problem is that people were confounded when the album appeared on their phones, and are doubly frustrated trying to get rid of it. So today, Apple released a tool for deleting of Songs Of Innocence. Here’s How To Dismantle A U2-Infected iPhone:
To remove this album:
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.