On Sept. 9, Apple CEO Tim Cook and U2 front man Bono, announced to the world that the music group’s new album, Songs of Innocence” would be given to every single iTunes account holder for free. In the somewhat vague instructions Cook recited, he noted that it is in your iTunes library and all you have to do is play it in order to keep it in your playlist.
Excitement quickly turned to outrage is iOS owners realized that U2’s new album was not just available to them for free, but already on their device, without their permission. It didn’t take long before Apple created a new tool that would let people “give back” the album, permanently removing it from their iTunes account.
In an interview conducted on Facebook yesterday, U2 answered fan questions about their lives and experiences. Early in the interview, on fan commented on the free album debacle, to which Bono politely replied, “Oops, sorry about that.”