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Disable iTunes 6.0.2's reporting of listening habits
Authored by: erogers on Jan 11, '06 10:58:10AM

Wow, calling this "spyware" is what's really "over the line." What a silly over-reaction.

I don't see at all how this Ministore this is deceptive or spying. It's very obvious that they are transmitting your current song - how else would they be able to show the recommendation? Doesn't seem like they are hiding it at all.

Perhaps Apple should offer a dialogue the first time the app starts, to tell people about the new feature and offer them the choice to turn it on or off. Maybe that would satisfy the foil hat crowd.

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Disable iTunes 6.0.2's reporting of listening habits
Authored by: captain caveman on Jan 11, '06 11:56:10AM


This is from the iTunes web page:

"MiniStore Discover new music as you enjoy your collection or import new CDs with MiniStore — right from your iTunes library."

That states pretty well that it is looking at what I'm doing on my machine to help me discover new music... which would be "not" on my machine.

They didn't actually say exactly what information they are basing this on, but they are telling us what they are doing.

There's also a link to their privacy policy right under the download pane as well.

I don't think they need to hire dancing bears to announce this change... Having it listed in the main blurb right next to the download in regular sized text seems good enough to me

As for the comparison with doing similar in Excel... iTunes already interacts with the Music Store in a well understood manner for good reason. When iTunes got the Music Store it was well publicized that iTunes would be talking to Apple's servers.

This is an extension of that, that is listed on their download page, so I don't see a big deal.

Excel doesn't currently interact with an Excel template store, and if it ever does, I doubt that feature will be as visible as this one has been (ie, Mentioned as one of the main features on the download page.)

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