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Authored by: mozart11 on Jan 11, '06 10:19:30AM

Just because something is free, then it's right to monitor the user use of the thr product. WITHOUT telliing the user. So you don't mind how Sony his how it's DRM music CD's installed and modified the OS or computers.

You use a companies software, so you tacitly or unknowingly give the company the right to monitor your computer and your use of it?

Not me. And by the way it's not that the software does this, it's that Apple or Sony or whomever install it as a sneek without informing me.

It's arrogant and spying. And use to be above Apple Computer. Not anymore. Steves Jobs self-righteousness is beyond the pale.

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Sony's DRM fiasco is NOT comparable
Authored by: shavenyak on Jan 11, '06 11:27:07AM

Sony's CDs weren't free, and they affected the entire computer. iTunes is free, and the ministore, which can be easily turned off, only affects iTunes itself and reports only on activities occuring within iTunes.

If Sony gave their CDs away free, and their software only told Sony when the CD itself was being played, and there was an easy way to turn off the communication, that comparison might be valid. Even then, the Sony CDs didn't have the (arguable) value of providing useful recommendations to the listener like iTunes.

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