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How to delete Apple's free U2 album from iTunes

Apple released their much-anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at a packed-out event in the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino this week, amid a frenzy of excited rumour and speculation.

What we expected to see was two new models of iPhone, and an Apple Watch. We got those (opens in new tab). What we didn't expect to get was a U2's 13th studio album (opens in new tab) available free for everyone who has an iTunes account and an iPhone.

Read more: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus now up for pre-ordering at Phones 4u (opens in new tab)

Favourites of white, middle-aged rock fans everywhere, U2 have been making music for decades now - and some have accused them of being over the hill. Remind you of a certain Cupertino-based company at all?

Anyway, rant aside, if you like U2, you'll probably find the latest album a pleasing collection of low-effort soft-rock ballads. If you don't, here's how to delete the accursed thing from your iTunes.

The good news is, it's easy!

Simply sync your phone with iTunes on your computer, go to the music tab, and untick the album.

What, you don't have your computer handy? Well then you'll have to go through and delete every track individually.

Go into your music. Select "albums". Select "Songs of Innocence", then swipe each track left individually to reveal the delete option. Swipe, click, swipe click, swipe click. Thank you, Apple!

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Paul Cooper
Paul Cooper

Paul has worked as an archivist, editor and journalist, and has a PhD in the cultural and literary significance of ruins. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The BBC, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and Discover Magazine, and he was previously Staff Writer and Journalist at ITProPortal.