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a PR issue
Authored by: hayne on Jan 11, '06 06:05:47PM

I don't think it is a non-issue.
I agree that the reaction to it was overblown.

But I think Apple should have:
a) had a dialog asking me if I wanted this MiniStore to appear in my music player app (otherwise it shouldn't be turned on by default)
b) informed me that the MiniStore would send song info to Apple in order to show me related music

I.e. I think it was a big PR mistake not to do something like the above.
Many people are concerned about privacy and hence the fuss since Apple is (correctly) held to a higher standard.
I'm sure that Apple would prefer that its MacWorld news coverage not be diluted by headlines about possible spyware.

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a PR issue
Authored by: FenrisUlf on Jan 11, '06 08:11:04PM

It's only a PR mistake based on the reaction we're seeing on this and other sites. The reaction to it was completely overblown, and if it had been a metered, balanced inquiry into what the mini store did (or did not do) this would not have gotten out of hand in the first place.

You send more data to Apple using Software Update than the mini store sends to iTMS. Privacy concerns are not at the root of this. It has been a witch-hunt based on what Sony has done (and Microsoft in the distant past with WMP). Everyone was ready to burn Apple at the stake for this, and now that the information is clear there are people who still insist on trying to make it an issue.

It seems to me that people who are "concerned" about their privacy would do a little more to check on new things installed on their computer. Their concern only happened after someone wrongly insisted this whole thing was just spyware. Why implicitly trust any corporation simply because in the past, you have felt "safe"? That doesn't sound like someone who truly takes their privacy seriously.

Who are you that walk across the graves of giants at this late hour?

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Authored by: sjk on Jan 12, '06 06:59:53PM

I agree, like I just redundantly wrote in my post right before reading yours... d'oh!

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Authored by: sjk on Jan 12, '06 07:01:57PM

"yours", referring to Cameron's post.

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