U2’s first studio album in five years, Songs of Innocence, is automatically appearing on users’ iPhone and iPads on Wednesday evening, following Apple CEO Tim Cook announcing it will be available for free on iTunes, only from Apple until October 13th. You may have thought you’d get to choose if you’d want to place the album in your iOS device’s Music app. But no, when we say automatically we mean automatically.

Song of Innocence is being added to iTunes purchase history, prompting iOS devices to automatically begin displaying it for streaming with the option to download it through iCloud. However, you’re in luck, as you can hide the songs by going into the “Purchased” section of your iTunes account on the iTunes Store and hiding it by clicking the “x” on top left of the album.

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As The Next Web noted, several teenagers around the web aren’t too happy and apparently aren’t Bono fans.



Luckily, the album will disappear from your purchased section on October 13th.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Apple is reinventing bloatware… Just kidding i love U2 lol. Btw first!

    • Yep. They’ve re-invented it for the 21st century by giving you an option to hide it just like you can with any and every iTunes purchases…

      • n0ahcruz3

        I know.. It was a joke. Have a sense of humor its good for you.

      • Yes I know it was a joke

  • Greg

    They didn’t put them on your iPhone you twit… they’re on the cloud. Its your option to download them or not. @AbbyRossi @katie_doyle

    • Ishaan Malhotra

      Nope. I just checked my recently added, and it was already there.

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        turn off show all in the iTunes section of the settings pane

      • Greg

        Your phone is set to auto cloud music download. Deleting content takes so little effort its hardly worth the complaint.

  • Anthony Antunez

    Am I the only person that still enjoys some of U2? Not as great as their stuff in the 80’s but at least it’s not Nickleback rofl.

    • onesimpleclik

      Not far off Nickelback though haha

    • Dani Hayes

      Nicki Minaj isn’t either but her music is just as terrible.

    • Jeroen Claassens

      Nickleback is just as bad if not even worse bro. DJs all the way :p! (Armin van Buuren, Hardwell and so on. cbb to mention others)

      • Mikasa Ackerman

        Nickleback “This is how you remind me” pretty good 😀 & Rockstar.

  • Mike Colacone Saal

    turn off show all in the iTunes section of the settings pane to remove it from your phone.

  • dpacemaker

    I have iTunes Match and it isn’t showing up on my device at all, and I have “Show All” on.

    • Linton Findlay

      If you want it go to purchases in iTunes app 🙂

  • dpacemaker

    I have iTunes Match and “Show All” turned on and I don’t see it. Maybe it isn’t happening to everyone, meaning it showing up right away. I saw on iTunes that it’s purchased.

    • Wood1030

      Same here. It shows purchased but it’s really not there in my library, just the preview of the songs from the album can be played, not even an option to download.

  • aw81

    Several teenagers? I’m 33 and I’d rather listen to cattle being slaughtered…

  • leart

    im probably one of the few that dont like U2 :S

  • Bren Miranda

    Just showed up in my iTunes.

  • regkilla

    So that’s where about 200 mb of my data on my iPhone went?!

  • Eni

    Kids these days. I am honored to have their music in my phone

  • madmaxmedia

    Not only that, every time I try to play some music on my iPhone, it plays U2 instead!!!

  • Apple’s collaboration with U2 extends all the way back to the iOS 6 launch of their Maps product, where the streets have no name.

    • leart

      And here is a possible cover for that song, taken from where I live 🙁

  • MacGuru17

    These irritated me a bit… The album isn’t physically on your phone; it never downloaded without asking you. That’s why there’s a little cloud next to it. Grr, lol.