Bono Says Sorry for Auto-Downloading “Songs of Innocence”

Bono Says Sorry for Auto-Downloading "Songs of Innocence"

In September, Apple decided to automatically add U2’s new album, Songs of Innocence, to all iTunes users’ libraries for free, a move that was not well-received by everyone. This led to some backlash as users who were not fans of the band were surprised to find the album in their collections.

This incident sparked quite a bit of debate and criticism, prompting Apple to create a tool that allowed users to remove the album from their accounts if they wished.

Bono Says Sorry for Auto-Downloading "Songs of Innocence"

During a video session on Facebook, Bono addressed the issue, apologizing for the oversight and explaining the enthusiasm that led to their decision:


I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves.

Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard.

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