When U2 woke up last Tuesday morning, I doubt they expected the backlash of hate and criticism they been receiving daily for the past week, over their free iTunes album “Songs of Innocence.”
It just so happens that Alan Cross from our brother station 102.1 the edge has secured an exclusive interview with U2 today at 2:30pm.
Now, this is a huge deal considering all of the controversy over the last week, thanks to said forced, free iTunes album “Songs of Innocence.” This will be the first time U2 comments on the controversy and it very well may be the only Canadian, perhaps even the only North American interview they do. Alan Cross will be on our brother station the edge at 3:15pm today with interview highlights and then will join Jeff Mcarthur on our other brother station AM640 at 3:30pm with more from his U2 interview.
As part of the new iPhone 6 and iWatch marketing campaign, U2 accepted Apple’s deal worth a reported $100 million to offer up their latest album for free to its half a billion iTunes users. Most however, did not appreciate the U2 giveaway.
A week later, after numerous cries different across social media platforms, Apple made a move to start helping people get rid of the free U2 album “Songs Of Innonce” from their iTunes accounts, after a boat load of complaints from people expressing their disinterest and displease in the automatic download.
The free gift was unwelcome by many iTunes users who to took to social media to complain about lost iPhone storage space due to an album they didn’t want and couldn’t figure out how to delete.
“If you would like U2′s Songs of Innocence’ removed from your iTunes music library and iTunes purchases, you can choose to have it removed,” Apple said at a launched its SOI Removal web page that allows people to delete the album with one click.
Apple warned that once “Songs of Innocence” was removed, it could not be gotten back free of charge.
The digital album was made available free to anyone who has, or opens, an iTunes account by October 13.
– Q New Media Editor / Chris Bundas –
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