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This IS different from "Just For You"
Authored by: JimAkin on Jan 11, '06 08:42:45AM

It's true that Just For You uses information about music we've purchased and own to make suggestions, but only information we've given Apple proactively, by making a purchase or clicking the "Already Own It" button.

Collecting information about my personal library on the sly -- without a clear explanation of how that information will be used, whether it'll be stored or associated with my iTMS account information, etc. is intrusive and troubling.

Which makes this a doubly stupid move on Apple's part, IMHO: I actually like the idea of having a recemmendation engine that's aware of my total library, because the number of tunes I've purchased through iTMS is only the tiniest fraction of my music collection -- and Just For You therefore generates loads of skewed or irrelevant recommendations. I'd be willing to give iTMS a look at my library, as long as Apple gave me clear assurances that the information would be kept confidential; that any profile it generated would be kept separate from my personal info; that it wouldn't be sold; and that I'd be able to purge my profile if/when I wanted to, or if Apple's usage policy ever changed.

Unfortunately, this ministore thing is probably going to set back any efforts at getting people to share their libraries for use in what could be a really amazing music-referral resource (especially if Apple didn't confine recommendations to stuff it carries in the music store).

Cheers.

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Jim

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This IS different from "Just For You"
Authored by: Barney-15 on Jan 12, '06 05:50:08AM
Collecting information about my personal library on the sly

But it doesn't. It looks at what you are playing and offers something you might also like. I know it isn't comparing what I own to a database of what I've bought because it offers me the same album the song came from. As Robg said, Apple is not collecting information. Could they? Sure. Are they? No.

I think it is a great service, for me. When I get tired of it offering me stuff I already own, I guess I may turn it off. Perhaps they could collect data so that it only showed me what I don't own. Now that would be a service ;)

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Jim

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