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Disable iTunes 6.0.2's reporting of listening habits
Authored by: webzone on Jan 11, '06 01:56:31PM

Whoo there are so much overreaction here that I can't believe that such paranoïa exists.

Come on, calling this spyware is really an over-exaggeration (I know this is not a word). A real spyware would have used encrypted requests to be undetectable and would not be that easy to disable. It doesn't even use any information. This is a *FEATURE*. Don't like it? Fine!, disable it. It ends right there.

Seriously, do you think it is new in media players? Windows Media Player on Windows by default contacts a CD info server each time you import music. Any music with DRM can send info to another server. And if you ever asked to get more info about your music, you sent a lot more to Microsoft. This is there since at least versions 8/9.

This new feature in iTunes is nothing dangerous. It is not like if iTunes checked for filesharing software. They don't check all your passwords, they don't spy on you, they don't check where your music comes from, they just offer you to send a song name to Apple.

I saw somebody comparing this to spying you with an iSight. Please let's not get overparanoid about this. When I see such hints and comments, I have to wonder why I decided to consult this site at all.



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