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Why Apple went over the line
Authored by: captain caveman on Jan 11, '06 02:06:21PM

>Decent apps will TELL you when they are sending some info somewhere, and allow you to opt out before it is being sent.

Did iTunes tell you it would connect to the internet before connecting to the music store the first time? I don't remember it doing so, or causing any stir.

When you go to the http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ to download iTunes, it says, with a Red "New" sticker next to it, "MiniStore - Discover new music as you enjoy your collection"... how can you discover new music without sending anything out?
Don't want to discover? Close the mini store.
Wait a sec? Mini store? wonder if that's related to the Music store at all?

>iTunes is a program running on your computer dealing with your music. Sending info somewhere else is not obvious, but rather devious.

Unless you are interacting with the Radio playlist.
Unless you are interacting with the iTunes music store. We've had those little grey arrows next to our local tracks for awhile now... we've been led incrementally to this step.

It's not like Excel suddenly decided to start using the internet for somethings... general understanding right now is that Excel doesn't have any reason to connect to the internet as far as I know. iTunes has been internet connected for a long time.

Or Sony's rootkit which hasn't brought us slowly into internet connectivity... just blam, you're send data.

>Clearly iTunes has the capability to send information over the internet. This is how it gets song data when you rip a CD, so this capability has always been part of it. However, if you use your browser to look at a text file, you don't expect that information to go out over the wires. In the same way, when you use iTunes to listen to music, you don't expect that info to go out over the wires.

Agreed, but it did tell you something would be happening. In clear text next to the download they effectively say "You have stuff on your machine, the MiniStore will look for other stuff for you based on what you are doing".

>Would you mind if the new iSight camera laptops send random snapshots to Apple?

No, but that's comparing oranges to plums. This would be more like Apple adding profile stuff to iChat suggesting other people you might like to talk to based on some interests you setup somewhere.


>Apple should do the right thing here, apologize, give people the option to opt out, and move on. Otherwise this could turn into some really bad publicity for them.

Turn off the MiniStore... you're done.
Maybe they should add a link to the MiniStore word in the documentation that spells out more clearly in a technical sense what is being sent.



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Why Apple went over the line
Authored by: cougar718 on Jan 11, '06 02:24:31PM

Amen!

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Rick alias cougar



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