Bono apologizes for ‘Songs Of Innocence’ automatically downloading to iTunes

In celebration of the CD and vinyl release of U2’s new album, Songs Of Innocence, the band did a Facebook Q&A video with fans on Tuesday (Oct 14th).

During the six minute video, each band member, sitting back to back in a circle facing the camera, took turns reading and answering questions from fans. Some tongue-in-cheek answers were given as well as a heartfelt apology from Bono about dropping Songs into everyone’s iTunes playlist without permission.

Harriet Madeline Jobson asks, “Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to people’s playlists ever again? It’s really rude.”

“Oops. I’m sorry about that,” the rocker exclaims. “We had this beautiful idea. We got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania. A touch of generosity. A dash of self promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into the last few years, might be heard. There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.”

“Oops. I’m sorry about that!”

Songs Of Innocence was given to every iTunes customers for free by Apple on September 9th during the Apple iPhone and Watch event which the band appeared on stage with Apple CEO Tim Cook for the announcement. Many iTunes customers spoke out against the publicity stunt as the 11 track standard album automatically appeared in their playlists across all of their devices. Less than a week later, Apple released instructions on how to remove the album.

After being released to more than 500 million people worldwide exclusively through iTunes for a month, the album is now available physically in three formats: 2 CD Deluxe Edition which comes with 2 x 16 page booklets, the 11 track album on CD one plus additional tracks on CD two including a six song acoustic session along with “Lucifer’s Hands,” “The Crystal Ballroom,” “The Troubles (Alternative Version)” and “Sleep Like A Baby Tonight (Alternative Perspective Mix by Tchad Blake)”; 2 LP 180-gram White Vinyl featuring the 11 track album on sides one, two and three with bonus track “The Crystal Ballroom 12″ Mix” on side four and single CD with a 24-page booklet along with the 11 track album.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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