Apple’s historic launch of U2’s new album Songs of Innocence to 500 million iTunes users hasn’t exactly been well-received. After less than 1 percent of iTunes users downloaded the freebie album on the first day, Apple shoved it down users’ throats by automatically downloading to devices withdisastrous results.
Now, after everyone’s had a weekend to cool off, Apple’s offering users an innovative solution in the form of a support site dedicated to teaching iTunes users how to pry U2’s spam album off their Mac or iPhone for good.
Here are the steps Apple recommends:
- 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.
We recommend just burning your iPhone entirely. It’s been contaminated and, hey, what better excuse to upgrade to an iPhone 6 Plus than “U2 destroyed my last phone”?
Once you’ve removed Songs of Innocence from your account you won’t be able to download it again as a previous purchase. So if you have a change of heart, you’ll have to wait until October 13, 2014, when you’ll be allowed to purchase it at full price.