How to download the free U2 album

As part of the iPhone and Apple Watch launch, everyone with an iTunes account gets a free download of U2's latest album. Here's how to claim your copy.

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Soon, you too will be able to download the new free album. Eric Franklin/CNET

If you haven't already heard, Apple and U2 are giving away a copy of the band's latest album "Songs of Innocence" to more than 500 million users to tie in with the launch of the iPhone 6 and Watch .

The album is available to stream or to download from the iTunes store, but finding the album can be a bit tricky if you don't know where to look. Here are the steps to help you find the free download.

There are two slightly different methods depending on whether you are using a desktop with iTunes or an iOS device.

iTunes on desktop

First, you'll need to open up iTunes and be signed in with your Apple ID. Then, head to the Store. The easiest way to grab the album is to click on the U2 banner in the rotating carousel at the top of the screen. However, if you can't see this option, here's the alternate method.

On the right hand side of the screen under "Quick Links" and click on Purchased.

The next screen you see should look like the one below, otherwise select the Albums tab. From here, click the cloud icon to begin the download.

Screenshot by Lexy Savvides/CNET

The album will also be streaming on iTunes Radio shortly.

iPhone and iOS devices

The easiest way to find "Songs of Innocence" on iOS is to open the Music app. From here head to Artists and look under for U2, or press More and search under Albums for the title.

Tap on the album title and press the cloud icon to download to your device. Alternatively, the album may show up if you open the iTunes Store and look under Purchased items. The release does seem to be staggered across Apple IDs, so if you can't download it just yet, keep checking back.

If you want to download the album, make sure you do it before October 13, which is when the offer ends.