I heard Apple has a service to remove the U2 album...? And that people hate it, and they're the new Nickelback.... I haven't heard the album yet... have you? Can't be that bad, right?
Can I take the question in parts?
re Apple removal tool
I don’t really know much about it, since I only use iTunes on a PC, but apparently it wasn’t easy peasy to remove the album for people who didn’t want it? I guess it kept re-streaming itself from the cloud? I don’t know. Apple interfaces are extremely overrated in my opinion. Even if you liked or were neutral about the content I can see how that would be annoying.
re push technology in general
I wish people got upset about push technology more often and for better reasons. For example, I can’t delete the facebook app from my phone. It came pre-installed and if I remove it from the root directory I’ll void my warranty and possibly disable my phone. Doesn’t matter that I never agreed to facebook’s privacy policies; I bought the phone, I get facebook for as long as I own the phone. It’s disturbing.
And it’s not new — that’s been going on for years now. Open up any media player - from Windows Media Player to Amazon Downloader to an Android phone - and I’ll bet there’s some content pre-installed there. Just not a whole album from a famous band.
re U2 the new Nickelback
It’s been fashionable for a long time now, especially in the UK, to hate U2. And, to be fair, they don’t lack for pomposity and arrogance, at least as public personas. Anything and everything they release will attract bile-spitting from some quarters forever because of how they’ve managed their personas.
The proof is in the pudding, though. Sales of U2’s back catalog have exploded since Songs of Innocence came out.
So, SoI reminded millions of people that (1) U2 exist (2) have done some classic songs/albums and (3) got a lot of them to part with actual cash to own and enjoy them. Which, along with the media frenzy surrounding a disruptive technology, I suppose was the point of it all.
And, as regrettable as some U2 choices have been, they’ve never been the completely idiotic ‘bitch, suck my dick…rock and roll!’ turds that Nickelback are.
re the actual album
Go listen to ‘The Troubles’ right now! It’s really fantastic. I also like ‘Sleep Like a Baby Tonight’ and “Cedarwood Road’. I think ‘Volcano’ and ‘Raised by Wolves’ are worth a listen too. The rest of it I’m not too fussed with, personally. It’s not bad, though. Not nearly on the level of terribleness I usually experience when I have to hear music in public.
I had to listen to some pop country music at the dentists office recently (there was a horrifying song about pickup trucks and the American flag, but then, aren’t they all?). And I heard the Ariana Grande XM Hits One radio special over Labor Day weekend. Repeatedly. Even the worst U2 songs ever written would be like a cool drink of lemonade on a scorching hot day compared to that nonsense.
tl;dr people don’t get upset about things they ought to be upset about.