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Disable iTunes 6.0.2's MiniStore
Authored by: Gerk on Jan 12, '06 12:17:23PM

On the logistcal/ethical front I still feel that Apple went about this in the wrong manner completely. They didn't give you the option to opt-out, they turn it on by default. While it may not be spyware (at apple's word ... which I still think is very fishy considering that the data is going to a 3rd party for collection and analysis !!)

It is adware without a doubt and sadly one of the first wide spread examples of it I've seen for OSX, AND it came directly from Apple.

Equate it to a different application... it's like Apple introducing a new feature in Safari that suggests purchases for you to make at say ... the Amazon web store, determined from the content of the page you are viewing ... but only doing it when you click a link to get to the page. If you load a bookmark or type an address it won't.

If they did this people would be up in arms about it (and rightly so). This is NO different, regardless of how they impliment this it is adware. It's nice that you have the option to turn it off, it's NOT nice that you don't have the opt-in/opt-out option before it happens.

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where to draw the line?
Authored by: bogdescu on Jan 12, '06 04:59:06PM

I agree that apple crossed the line.
"My" line is the one that separates privately using my local resources and sending/receiving data over the Internet. This divide, even if it runs 'inside' an application, should be marked clearly, so that even someone who has no idea what tcpdump is understands it and makes his/her choice.
PS and not so OT.
Thank Dog for "paranoia" and the "paranoids", we'd be all living in a giant Soviet Bushlandia without them.

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