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Authored by: darken9999 on Jan 11, '06 07:58:52AM

The submitter is Rob, which makes me really want to choose my words carefully. :^)



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Authored by: robg on Jan 11, '06 08:23:52AM

They're transmitting a piece of data from my machine to their servers, without my knowledge or permission. At this point, whether they're collecting it or not, that's enough to reallly make me angry.

I agree, they're probably not collecting it, and perhaps I should have used a different term. But they could be collecting it ... and what if that data included your music store ID? Now they not only know what you're listening to, but exactly who you are...

-rob.



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Authored by: Gerk on Jan 11, '06 10:21:05AM
hey rob

I disagree, they ARE collecting it. Whether or not they are tying the data to you directly is another story altogether, but there is a ping sent, along with the transaction id of the search to a server called metrics.apple.com ... if that's not to collect data I don't know what is!

I put that info in my article at macdiscussion.com ... it doesn't have a big break down, just wanted to get the info out there to users to disable the mini store unless you have a specific need for it.

Nothing more detailed to give you on it (the ping is embedded in the XML file) and happens between apple's servers, but it hold the unique ID for your search without a doubt ... given that they can choose to (or not to) tie it back to whatever data they happen to collect ... eek!

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Authored by: atakacs on Jan 11, '06 11:27:24AM
Wait, if they included your music store ID, wouldn't they already know what you listen to based on your purchases?

I'm confused what are we worried about again?

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Authored by: pub3abn on Jan 11, '06 12:21:47PM

Your comment assumes you buy all your music from iTMS. Not everyone does.



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Authored by: lrosenstein on Jan 12, '06 10:52:47AM

The mini-store request does send what looks like an iTMS id. Search for X-Dsid in ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iTunes.plist file. I have 2 machines authorized on the same iTMS account and they both have the same id, so it's not just a random number that is made up.

From what I've read, the information is actually sent to a 3rd party Apple has contracted with, so even if you were inclined to trust Apple with not retaining the information, it's not clear that should extend to another company.

Finally, it's not much of a stretch to contemplate the RIAA trying to subpoena this information because it would show what songs you have ripped to your computer, and they could compare that to music you have purchased.



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