Achtung! Twitter Reacts To That Free U2 iTunes Album
Apple surprised iTunes users this week with free copies of “Songs of Innocence,” the latest album from U2.
The album, which was announced at Apple’s iPhone event on Tuesday, has appeared in iTunes libraries with or without users’ permission.
The Washington Post noted ‘U2’s new album was just there, waiting for you. Like an Ikea catalogue. Or a jury summons. Or streptococcus.’
BBC Newsbeat ran an instructional post on how to delete it commenting that Apple were ‘deliberately infecting gadgets with some people’s idea of musical malware. Think of it as a surprise Christmas present from a relative who doesn’t know you very well.’
Here’s what the good people of Twitter had to say..
Apple says there’s going to be a new U2 album every day until you buy their stinking watch.
— tom jamieson (@jamiesont) September 10, 2014
when U2’s album popped up in my library without my consent pic.twitter.com/FiXNFKGH53
— Common White Girl (@girlposts) September 13, 2014
The new iPhone 6 costs £539 in the UK, or £549 if you want it without a U2 album.
— Tom Scott (@tomscott) September 9, 2014
In other news, your ringtone has been changed to 'Beautiful Day' and Bono is now your friend on Facebook.
— Tom Bromley (@BromleyEsq) September 10, 2014
Surprised this U2 release isn’t officially being described as “Pro Bono”.
— simon evans (@TheSimonEvans) September 10, 2014
Just woken up to find U2 downstairs watching TV and eating my biscuits. Will their presumptions that I want them in my life ever end?
— Twitflup (@Twitflup) September 13, 2014
Apparently, if your iPhone gets stolen, U2′s album plays at full volume on a constant loop, and it sends you a photo of the thief sobbing. — The Bath Bird (@TheBathBird) September 11, 2014
My favourite U2 album is the one I used as a frisbee for my dog & threw into the River Tamar.
— Gallers (@Donna_Gallers) September 11, 2014
I never got that U2 album, which is a shame. I would have enjoyed deleting it.
— Sebas (@OhLookBirdies) September 11, 2014
A haiku regarding U2’s album appearing on my itunes: A lost, drunk Uncle / Coming back from the Toilet, / Climbing in my bed.
— Richard Roper (@richardroper) September 13, 2014
That said, the U2 album isn’t the worst thing I’ve heard today. Somebody at Waterloo was handing out “Weetabix drinks”. — The Media Blog (@TheMediaTweets) September 11, 2014
I’m frightened to open this muller rice incase U2 have left an album in there.
— Joanna Bolouri (@scribbles78) September 12, 2014
U2: finally disproving the maxim that ‘the best things in life are free’.
— James Martin (@Pundamentalism) September 10, 2014
September 12, 2035. Apple releases the new version of iBrain. Two billion people simultaneously start singing U2’s latest album.
— Tom Scott (@tomscott) September 10, 2014
What’s white, South African and free? Tippex, Desmond Tutu and U2’s album. — Dan (@ehdannyboy) September 12, 2014
Maybe Apple got the idea to put a U2 album up your ass from Twitter putting tweets from people you don’t follow into your feed.
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) September 12, 2014
My toaster just started playing a record from the new U2 album. This is getting ridiculous.
— cluedont (@cluedont) September 11, 2014
Knowing those U2 songs are lurking somewhere among Shuffle is like trying to beat the Vortex without a hamburger. — Suzanne Azzopardi (@TheAzzo) September 12, 2014
U2 automatically placing an album into your iTunes library would be like somebody popping a beetroot and liver into my fridge and whistling.
— Paul Groom (@MrPaulGroom) September 9, 2014
The free U2 album is overpriced.
— paul bassett davies (@thewritertype) September 9, 2014
Is there any way of getting the new Apple stuff without the free U2 album?
— Katy Brand (@KatyFBrand) September 9, 2014
Sarah Connor's future nightmare from T2 but instead of flames engulfing a playground it's me being forced to receive a U2 album in iTunes
— Sonny Baker (@subotnick) September 10, 2014
anyone know how i could have 12 recordings of myself farting appear in Bono's iTunes
— jacques greene (@jacquesgreene) September 9, 2014