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Apple U2 Tool Easily Removes Free Album Forced on Users

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Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) greets the crowd with U2 singer Bono (R) as The Edge looks on during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 07:59 AM

After announcing 33 million iTunes account holders had accessed U2's free album "Songs of Innocence," Apple is releasing a special tool that lets people easily remove the album because some users aren't happy that the album was automatically added to their music libraries.

The Associated Press reported that Apple paid the Irish rock band for a five-week exclusive window during which the album is only available to its customers. "Songs of Innocence" will be released Oct. 14 to the general public.

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U2 played at an Apple event last week that included the unveiling of the iPhone maker's new smartwatch and updated iPhone models. In a surprise move, the Irish rock band performed at the event and put out its 11-song release.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the new album would be given to the company's 500 million iTunes users. The release is now showing up in users' iTunes music libraries and iTunes users have been taking to Twitter to complain and ask how to remove it.

While it was already possible to delete the album, Apple's tool makes it possible in one step.

The company issued a statement Monday from Senior Vice President Eddy Cue with the first usage numbers for the surprise release by the company.

Cue called the number record-breaking, but did not elaborate. The figure includes customers who downloaded the album from their iCloud account, streamed it or used iTunes' radio player to hear it.

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After announcing 33 million iTunes account holders had accessed U2's free album "Songs of Innocence," Apple is releasing a special tool that lets people easily remove the album because some users aren't happy that the album was automatically added to their music libraries.
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