How to delete free U2 album from iTunes

In this Sept. 9, 2014 file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, greets Bono from the band U2 after they preformed at the end of the Apple event on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

It raised news coverage, hopes, expectations and eyebrows. But many Apple fans say they didn't want U2's latest album for free.

The Irish rock band dropped the surprise album "Songs of Innocence" at last week's Apple product unveiling. Apple then decided it would give the music away for free to a half billion iTunes accounts.

The problem: Apple added the music to your account whether you wanted the album or not, and it didn't leave a easy way to delete the tracks. And that has many people complaining, saying they didn't want Apple to choose their music for them.

Now, Apple is providing a way for people to delete the album from their account if they want to. Just follow these steps:

    "Follow these instructions to remove U2's "Songs of Innocence" from your iTunes music library and iTunes purchases. Once the album has been removed from your account, it will no longer be available for you to redownload as a previous purchase. If you later decide you want the album, you will need to get it again. The album is free to everyone until October 13, 2014, and will be available for purchase after that date.

    To remove this album:
    1. Go to
    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."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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