After announcements about the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch at today's Apple Keynote, U2 took the stage with Apple CEO Tim Cook and surprised the world by releasing the band's new album Songs of Innocence to everyone with iTunes. For free. The album's 11 tracks, boasting production from Danger Mouse and David Guetta, would be added automatically to every person's iTunes account, whether that person had requested it or not. That's more than 500 million free albums.
Despite the seemingly sweet deal, some music fans weren't particularly thrilled with Apple throwing new U2 music in their iTunes. Here are some of the best responses from Twitter.
How do I upload the new U2 album back to iTunes?— Ken Schafer (@kenschafer) September 9, 2014
By putting U2 on everyone's iTunes Apple are now like a rubbish DJ who plays music you don't like at your party.— Rob (@hairandglasses) September 9, 2014
I'm confused, by definition is iTunes or the U2 record classified as malware?— Chris Barton (@chrisbarton) September 9, 2014
I wish I could use my U2 iTunes credit on music I wanted. #nobono— Garrick Willhite (@gwillhite) September 9, 2014
Also apple no I don't want the new U2 album take it out of my iTunes— Andy Burgess (@AndyyBurgess) September 9, 2014
Well, after listening to the whole album, I can see why U2 decided to give it away on iTunes.— Christine Burns (@christineburns) September 9, 2014
Anyone else creeped out by how Itunes just purchased the new U2 album for you?— Emily Thomas (@Earth_to_Emily) September 9, 2014
Dear Apple, what if I don't actually want U2's new album automatically added to my iTunes music collection?— Graham Holland (@itsafrogslife) September 9, 2014
wait wait apple FORCIBLY PUT A NEW U2 ALBUM INTO MY ITUNES LIBRARY? D: D: D: D: D:— Rachel Antimatter (@PositronicWoman) September 9, 2014
Why did U2 take the liberty of downloading themselves into my iTunes??— Not Your Therapist (@mbitiousqueen) September 9, 2014
The U2 record has just *appeared* among all the albums in my iTunes, as though I actually wanted it there. Which I definitely didn't.— Oliver Good (@OliGood) September 9, 2014