No, the controversy was because U2 (one of the most popular bands of all time) released their new album for free. OMG! "It's in my library! I didn't ask for it! That's a violation of my privacy!" Of course everyone is on Facebook, the biggest violators of privacy ever, but we'll ignore that. LOL.
How exactly does this violate your privacy? It's a freaking music album. And it's not in your library anyway. You have to sign in to your account, click on "purchased", and download it.
My theory: Apple users are opposed to getting something for cheap or free. It's unseemly. "Why this is Apple, therefore it must be crap if it doesn't cost three times what every other CD would cost". So if U2 had offered the new album for $50, no one would care, but because it's free, that's a problem. (BTW- Apple supposedly paid the band $100 million). Ah, Apple fanboys, you really are entertaining.