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Disable iTunes 6.0.2's MiniStore
Authored by: Imaria on Jan 11, '06 04:50:20PM

Considering rumours like this happen every time a new Apple product comes out, I find it really disappointing that this one came from here. Normally MacOSXHints has the sense to double-check it's facts before making bold statements like this; a call to arms like this just seems like an unsightly blemish on the professionalism that we usually find here.

This isn't just a "non-issue", this borders on defamation. The implication that Apple was "spying" was flat-out wrong. To be honest, I'm surprised this article is even still up. If you want to still highlight the real abilities of the MiniStore, I would take this down and put up a correct article rather than waiting for Google to spread "iTunes Spyware" all over the Internet.



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Disable iTunes 6.0.2's MiniStore
Authored by: Blah on Jan 13, '06 01:30:00PM
This isn't just a "non-issue", this borders on defamation. The implication that Apple was "spying" was flat-out wrong. To be honest, I'm surprised this article is even still up. If you want to still highlight the real abilities of the MiniStore, I would take this down and put up a correct article rather than waiting for Google to spread "iTunes Spyware" all over the Internet.
Talk about an reverse over-reaction. Defamation? Don't be an a*s.

Regardless of whether you care or not, this is spying. It's an option that is enabled by default and sends private (to many, or most people) information back to a remote server. That's spying. End of story.

Some people, like yourself, don't care. Fine. Let the option be disabled by default, with an explanation the first time you enable it. Personally, I won't even be upgrading to 6.0.2 until everything is well understood. I find "features" like this filthy, and I buy plenty of Apple hardware....

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Disable iTunes 6.0.2's MiniStore
Authored by: osxpounder on Jan 13, '06 02:10:59PM

Yup, it's spying, because they didn't ask for the info, or even sneak a phrase into the User Agreement saying you now agree to share the info.

Imagine if a store at the mall used the parking lot security cameras to see what you're carrying -- to get an idea what you bought from other stores -- made a list based on those observations, and sent you coupons and offers related to the stuff they saw you buy.

That's fair. The parking lot is their space, and you're carrying your shopping bags across it.

Imagine instead that the store's employee goes through your purse or wallet when you're not looking, finds receipts for things you bought, and sends you coupons, etc.

That's not fair, because it's your purse or wallet. Your own space. Like the space on your computer.

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Disable iTunes 6.0.2's MiniStore
Authored by: Blah on Jan 18, '06 10:45:50AM
Let the option be disabled by default, with an explanation the first time you enable it.
Wow, looks like I called the exact solution, huh? :-)

Given their solution, and how quickly it was employed, I'll give them the benefit of doubt and suggest that it was an "honest mistake", and move on.

But it does seem odd that this can be done "remotely", without any update to the code itself. At least not unless you had to be logged in or something.

Anyone else think it's odd that a feature can be "turned off" by Apple remotely? Doesn't this imply that they can "turn ON" another feature remotely at will???? Anyone have any insights into this?



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update to Mini Store to make it opt-in
Authored by: hayne on Jan 18, '06 10:49:55PM
But it does seem odd that this can be done "remotely", without any update to the code itself.
It's not so surprising once you realize that the Music Store (and Mini Store) functionality in iTunes is just a specialized web browser. The content (what you see inside the borders of the content area) is HTML downloaded from the Apple servers. So all that was needed to change it was to change the server-side code. The hooks to hide & show the Mini Store were already in iTunes.

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