Sharon Osbourne has voiced her disdain at receiving U2's new album for free via Apple's iTunes downloading service, insisting the automatic addition of Songs Of Innocence to her music library is an "invasion" of her privacy.
The Irish rockers accepted a deal worth a reported $100 million (£62.5 million) from Apple bosses to offer up their new release for free to its half a billion iTunes customers around the world last week (ends12Sep14), as part of the marketing campaign for the tech giant's new iPhone 6 and iWatch devices.
However, not everyone appreciated the U2 giveaway - rapper Tyler, The Creator recently compared waking up with Songs of Innocence on his phone to contracting a sexually transmitted disease, and on Monday night (15Sep14), Osbourne took aim at the band for selling out to get its music heard.
Taking to Twitter.com, Osbourne ranted, "U2 you are business moguls not musicians anymore. No wonder you have to give your mediocre music away for free cause no one wants to buy it... Ps, btw (by the way) you are just a bunch of middle age political groupies... (sic)".
On Tuesday (16Sep14), Osbourne opened up further about the reason for her tirade during an episode of her U.S. daytime show The Talk, explaining she would have liked the option of accepting the download instead of having it added to her music library without her knowledge.
She said, "(They) give it away for free, whether you want it or not... It fills up space on your iPhone... This is an invasion of my private space, my entertainment space...!"
The rock matriarch went on to insist that U2's decision to give away their new material only causes more problems for the music industry, which is already struggling with falling sales figures, making it harder for new artists to survive.
She continued, "They set a precedent that music is disposable, it's just another piece of software and it's nothing, you should give it away for free.
"Sorry guys... there's a whole new breed of artist coming up that need that money to survive to be able to continue to create. We're not all billionaires, we're not all in your world. So stop with you're 'doing us a favour by giving it away for free'. Keep it to yourselves!"
Apple executives have since responded to the backlash from some iTunes users by sharing instructions on how to delete Songs of Innocence from their devices.