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Disable iTunes 6.0.2's MiniStore
Authored by: dhayton on Jan 11, '06 06:38:14PM
I appreciate that Apple could have done a bit more to remind us that the ministore was going to communicate with the mothership, but they didn't exactly keep it a secret. In fact, it seems a feature they drew some attention to on the iTunes page where they provide a link that explains the function of the ministore (sure, it doesn't say the song/artist information will be transmitted, but how else would the ministore divine what you are listening to?).

I knew about it long before I downloaded the iTunes. I don't see this as either some nefarious plot on the part of Apple to collect information nor a serious PR faux pas. Rather, it seems to me that many people didn't bother to read the website.

Just my 2ยข.

Best, darin

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Software Update is the source
Authored by: hayne on Jan 11, '06 07:56:19PM
it seems to me that many people didn't bother to read the website
Indeed - most people just use Software Update to keep their Macs up to date with the latest software. Why would a contented user of iTunes bother reading the Apple web site? There's a new version of iTunes? Okay, better install it. Boom - as S.J. says.

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Software Update is the source
Authored by: sjk on Jan 12, '06 07:21:41PM
Even if you read info on the web site it's still possible to miss new features regardless of how well they're displayed. In addition to that info, displaying an optionally one-time dialog at the time certain features are activated is arguably one of the better ways of attempting to get a user's attention since it's immediately relevant in that context.

I've appreciated those dialogs when first using other iTunes features (e.g. Party Shuffle playlist) and don't understand why it was omitted for one as controversial as this would obviously (IMO) be.

Also remember this was a dot-dot update so there was less user expectation of anything new, especially when the Software Update dialog only mentioned stability/bug fixes. I did read info on Apple's site for major software updates to iLife and iWork but happened to skip iTunes this time.

Anyway, I agree with everyone who thinks there was insufficient direct communication (e.g. a feature-activation dialog) about the MiniStore from Apple to users.

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