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Bono has said sorry after U2’s latest album Songs of Innocence was automatically added to the libraries of all iTunes users around the world.

Speaking in a session on Facebook, Bono said the move was a “drop of megalomania, [a] touch of generosity”.

In response to a questioner who told him it was “rude” to impose their music upon everyone, Bono said: “Oops, I’m sorry about that.”

Apple later released a one-click tool enabling iTunes customers to remove it.

Some users complained that the 11-track Songs of Innocence had been added to their music library without permission and that it was not clear how to delete it.

The questioner on the Facebook session said: “Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to peoples playlists ever again? It’s really rude.”

U2’s latest album Songs of Innocence was automatically added to the libraries of all iTunes users around the world

U2’s latest album Songs of Innocence was automatically added to the libraries of all iTunes users around the world

Bono replied: “I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing.

“Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life 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 it,” he said.

The music was made available for free to more than 500 million iTunes customers in 119 countries last month. It has been reported that around 5% of those have downloaded U2’s latest opus.

At the time, Bono acknowledged that not everyone would appreciate the move.

“For the people out there who have no interest in checking us out, look at it this way… the blood, sweat and tears of some Irish guys are in your junk mail,” he wrote on the band’s website.

Bono’s apology comes after rock legend Iggy Pop criticized U2 for “giving away music before it can flop, in an effort to stay huge”.

The physical version of Songs of Innocence, including a six-track acoustic session, went on sale on October 13.

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U2’s first album in five years has been offered for free to the 500 million users of Apple’s iTunes service.

The surprise announcement was made at a California event where Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the firm’s latest iPhone and new smartwatch Apple Watch.

U2 also performed live at the event.

The band’s lead singer Bono described the release of the 11-track album, Songs of Innocence, as “kind of mindblowing”.

“The most personal album we’ve written could be shared with half a billion people – by hitting send,” Bono said.

“If only songwriting was that easy.”

U2 performed live at Apple event in California

U2 performed live at Apple event in California

U2’s last album, No Line on the Horizon, hit the top spot in the UK charts in 2009 and eventually surpassed the five-million-sales mark worldwide.

The Irish band is famed for producing some of the landmark albums of the 1980s and early 1990s, including The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby.

There had been some speculation this year that U2 was planning a new album. However, the free release at the Apple event had not been anticipated.

Several prominent artists – including Beyonce – have released surprise albums recently, although the practice remains a novelty.

Free album releases by major artists are a rarity.

Radiohead initially released In Rainbows in 2007 as a pay-what-you-want download.

The same year, Prince’s album Planet Earth was given away free to readers of the Mail on Sunday in the UK.

U2 have collaborated with Apple in the past. The terms of the deal for the iTunes release are not known.

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