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Recommendations increasing? Doubt it.
Authored by: the_banton on Jan 11, '06 07:50:43AM

-- Recommending to buy --

All stores will recommend you to buy all the time, personalization merely gives you option you MIGHT want to buy. You know, no heavy metal for country chicks and no jazz for trance addicts. People like it, that's why it's so popular.

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Recommendations increasing? Doubt it.
Authored by: jammjamm on Jan 11, '06 09:05:53AM

So iTunes is a STORE now? And iPhoto too (books)? And with all the tie-ins to .Mac, it seems like all of iLife is becoming a store too. And soon, the entire OS will be one big store...



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Recommendations increasing? Doubt it.
Authored by: adrianm on Jan 11, '06 10:44:47AM

Maybe you should just turn the store off. It's in preferences. No big deal. Some people might actually like this.
I for one, never buy anything from the store, but I do like to browse.



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Recommendations increasing? Doubt it.
Authored by: jammjamm on Jan 11, '06 11:12:37AM

FYI if you turn off the store, you alsdo lose the little arrows next to the artists and albums that, when you option-click, browses you to your music library instead of to their Music Store.

In other words, Apple's products are becoming more like MS's -- by default there are all kinds of tie-ins to various money-making schemes; in order to turn them off, you need to 1) know how to turn them off 2) lose functionality when you do turn them off and 3) sometimes can't turn them off (eg big iPhotos buttons to Book orders or .Mac tie-ins).



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Authored by: xeyr on Jan 11, '06 02:06:46PM

I turned the Mini Browser off and I still have all the links to iTMS - they're controlled in a separate preference.



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Recommendations increasing? Doubt it.
Authored by: aranor on Jan 11, '06 11:52:15PM

I use the hidden preference (I think InvertStoreLinks but I'm not sure) that swaps the behaviour of the iTMS store links, so clicking an arrow jumps to that song in my own list and opt-clicking jumps to the song in the music store.

And as for iTunes pushing the music store, well, what do you expect? I personally think it's pretty neat - if I'm in the mood to buy some music I'll probably enable the mini store and browse around my own and look at the suggestions. But if I'm not, I'll hide it.



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Authored by: zeusr on Jan 12, '06 05:10:47AM

The preference of "Show Links To The Music Store" is there there in the General preferences menu. Also, I used the hint (from somewhere, probably here) that switched the normal behaviour to have the arrows point to my library by default and need to option-click to have me sent to the store.

The Mini-Store was annoying in regards to screen real estate until I found how to disable it. But then I guess I'm already of the opinion that if you're on the net, you've given up any privacy...



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Authored by: jammjamm on Jan 12, '06 02:39:50PM

>> The preference of "Show Links To The Music Store" is there there in the General preferences menu.

Yes, but if you turn off the music store (Preferences > Parental (!) > Disable Music Store), these arrows disappear.

One of the great things about Apple was that they wrote software that does what I want, not what their marketers have figured out would be a good way for them to leverage against me in the future. iTunes played and ripped MP3s, there were no default AOL ad icons, MSN ads, MS Chat in the tray, updater tied to a particulat browser, etc.

Clearly that has now changed. Every Apple product now has tie-ins to other Apple products and services that are for sale. These aren't just "integrated" features, they are ads (or "suggestions to buy"). I for one don't like it.



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That's not just sad, it's short-sighted
Authored by: Blah on Jan 13, '06 01:14:30PM
But then I guess I'm already of the opinion that if you're on the net, you've given up any privacy...
This statement is sadly indicative of a number of ignorant people these days. You lose your privacy when you *choose* to lose your privacy. The issue is far more important than most young people think.

There is no need to use services which delve into your own personal private matters. Not only that, but when you do you hurt others as well because you allow these companies' "features" to continue instead of nipping them in the bud immediately. Sad, sad, sad....

Use the sites/features you desire, but do NOT resign yourself to losing your privacy!

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