I’m a fan of U2, even though I came of age in an era of music where everyone on the radio was whining about their sex lives and refusing to shave their armpits. I even ended up kind of liking their new album when it came up accidentally on my iPhone’s shuffle feature because an entire album was downloaded onto my phone without my permission.
Like millions of Americans, I was simultaneously creeped out – that Apple could just add random people to my playlists – and befuddled as to when a music industry that has been, for years, prosecuting pre-teens for illegally downloading Justin Bieber albums decided to start pushing free music. But mostly, we were all confused as to why anyone would think that, of all the albums available, we’d want a U2 album.
Thankfully, Bono himself has now apologized for the oversight.
Facebook user Harriet Madeline Jobson asked:
“Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically download to peoples’ playlists ever again? It’s really rude.”
To which Bono replied with a chuckle:
“Oops…I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. A drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we’d poured our lives into over the last few years mightn’t be heard.
There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through.”
Here’s hoping it’s the last time, Bono.