I don't use Apple/iTunes, but if I did I would have downloaded the album! After all, U2 are my hometown band, of course
I'm a fan!!!
And as for the "tactics", I have no objection to that either! Postmen drop unwanted mail in my letterbox every day, insurance, internet or mobile phone salespeople phone my home every evening just when I sit down for dinner, window-sellers knock unrequested on my hall door with disappointing regularity, but these "invasions of privacy" don't even get a second-mention, they are an accepted part of every day life. Apple & U2 didn't do anything any worse, and indeed, were even less invasive as they left the album available for download, but didn't force me to download it whether or not I wanted to.