Bono March 2014
Bono: 'Oops. Sorry' for free U2 album
01:14 - Source: CNN

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U2's Bono apologizes to iTunes users angry over free download

Band's "Songs of Innocence" went to 500 million users

Some called the free music invasive

CNN  — 

Bono is sorry he gave you free music.

More than a month after announcing that Apple would be giving a digital copy of U2’s new album, “Songs of Innocence,” to all 500 million iTunes customers, the group’s frontman apologized to those who considered the gift an inconvenience.

“Oops!” Bono said in a question-and-answer video the band posted on its Facebook page. His comments came in response to a question that called the automatic download “really rude.”

“I’m sorry about that,” Bono continued. “I had this beautiful idea, but (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 poured our life into over the last few years, mightn’t be heard.