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If, like me, you were freaked out when apple reached out a ghastly digital arm and placed U2’s new album in your iTunes account, you will be well pleased to know you can now remove it.

The whole point of digital music libraries is that music is there by the choice of the owner. The thought of Apple foisting an entire album on 500 million unsuspecting people is repugnant, and extremely frightening.

Yes, it was a “gift”, but they should have anticipated the privacy-centered backlash. If Apple can place anything in your account; what’s to stop any other software vendor with a digital tie to your computer doing the same?

Following the worldwide condemnation, Apple have now posted specific instructions on how to remove the offending “gift”.

To remove this album:

  1. Go to http://itunes.com/soi-remove.
  2. Click Remove Album to confirm you’d like to remove the album from your account.
  3. Sign in with the Apple ID and password you use to buy from the iTunes Store.
  4. 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.

Regarding the recording itself, I am a U2 fan, but it is a pretty poor offering.

Now I know why it was free.