Let me say at the outset that I’m pretty ambivalent about U2
myself. They’ve never been one of those bands that I’ve absolutely
had to have the latest album from. In fact, Songs of Innocence is
the only U2 record I have in my iTunes library.
But the inordinate amount of actual anger directed at Apple and U2
over this is so disproportional to the actual event, I’ve started
to wonder about the mental state of some of those complaining.
It’s really been off the charts.
If you fall into that camp, let me speak very plainly: I have no
sympathy for you. I have trouble thinking of a more
self-indulgent, “first world problem” than saying “I hate this
free new album I’ve been given.”