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Chill out people
Authored by: robg on Jan 11, '06 09:17:58AM

Then why wasn't it either shipped disabled, or at the least, covered in the read me? Apple tried to implement this on the sly.

I'm not typically paranoid; I actually wouldn't mind sharing info on my listening habits with Apple. But I want to know what's being shared, and that it won't be used in other marketing ploys.

-rob.



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Re: Chill out people
Authored by: Code Masseur on Jan 11, '06 11:11:17AM
Then why wasn't it either shipped disabled, or at the least, covered in the read me? Apple tried to implement this on the sly.

I'm not typically paranoid; I actually wouldn't mind sharing info on my listening habits with Apple. But I want to know what's being shared, and that it won't be used in other marketing ploys. -rob.

Rob,

There were likely a couple of reasons the Mini-Store is enabled by default. First, it's a new feature intended to increase music sales, and Apple wants to promote it. They are a corporation and profits are their goal, after all. Second, most users do not change the default settings of their applications unless they have to. To default the Mini-Store to disabled would have hampered it from the start. I'm satisfied these were some of the reasons.

However, Apple may have stumbled by not being more upfront about the privacy implications. The failure to disclose this can appear to some as a secretive move on Apple's part. Combined with the recent Sony BMG rootkit fiasco, this is unfortunate timing.

I don't think people should be as concerned about the marketing ploys as the RIAA getting its hands on this information. Is anyone concerned about this?

This is clearly a controversial topic, but I think we'll just have to wait and see how this information is used over the long run.

-Code M.

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