By Joseph Valencia ’17
The release of the new U2 album “Songs of Innocence” angered many iTunes users due to the unique release style used by Apple.
“Songs of Innocence” is meant to serve as the flagship album of the newly released iOS 8 software.
Apple CEO Tim Cook touted the release of the album as “the largest album release of all time.”
The album was released for free, and was instantly forced into the purchased file of all iTunes accounts. Many users were angered because they felt that they were forced to accept Apple’s gift without their consent.
Indeed, the release was quite large, as over 500 million iTunes users were granted instant access to the album, whether they wanted it or not.
Pressure from angry iTunes users became so great that Apple caved in and made a “Songs of Innocence” removal tool. The tool is located on Apple’s official website and allows any user to permanently remove the album from their account.
All students at Brophy who have an iPad are also affected by this forced album release.
The opinions among the iPad owning students were mixed. Some students were indifferent, others were offended and some enjoyed the release.
“I’d never seen it before,” said Chris Romine ’17. “I don’t know. I liked it, I like their music and albums.”
While Romine enjoyed the free gift from Apple, other students such as William Yalam ’17 were quite displeased with the way the album was released.
“I feel like it is such a terrible invasion of privacy,” Yalam said. “No one should have to be forced to anything by anyone.”
Other students were unaware and indifferent to the album release.
“It didn’t really matter to me,” said Dylan Blunck ’17. “It didn’t take up a whole lot of storage or anything, and I didn’t have to open. So, I didn’t really care that much.”
Although the opinions are mixed among Brophy students, Apple has placed themselves in an unfavorable position with the media.
Hopefully, Apple will heed the negative reactions of iTunes users and take them into consideration the next time they decide to release a free album.