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New iTunes phones home

updated 04:05 pm EST, Thu January 12, 2006

New iTunes phones home

Some avid Mac users recently discovered that Apple's latest iTunes update--version 6.0.2--. The traffic flows only as long as the iTunes MiniStore remains open, and only when users click on songs. An Apple representative--rumored to be Steve Jobs himself--said at the Expo that Apple discards personal information transmitted by the iTunes Ministore to the company while iTunes is in use. At first glance the information appears to be collected to display albums and tracks for sale by the artist whose song is currently playing, according to BoingBoing.net. [updated]




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  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    three words

    use Little Snitch.

    http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html

  1. trevc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    It's web stats

    Not big news, they use their live product for producing stats ... just a lot more efficient than using Web Server Log files.

    We do it too, maybe there should be a clamp down. It's just that in these dynamic types of websites, web server logs are more complicated to properly analyze.

  1. heavyboots

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Only when it's open

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303066

    It's still a really lame thing to toss in there. But Apple has a long history of including objectionable things with their upgrades (ie, more sharing limitations).

  1. shawnce

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    NOT EVERY SONG PLAYED

    Please stop spreading wrong information... in other words be responsible and change the articles title!

    The mini store displays information based only on the currently select song in the iTunes window, from the "article" you reference.

    "Kirk adds, "after more analysis, this does not send info to Apple when you are playing music, but rather when you click on a song. So if you start playing a song by double-clicking, it will send info to the iTunes Music Store and retrieve suggestions. But if the song is in a playlist, the MiniStore display will not change when the next song begins.""

  1. ATPTourFan

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Pretty...

    ...sick of this non-story... RTFM and fix the headlines.

    Apple has had a knowledge base article up about the ministore and how to completely disable it (Just hide it! imagine that!) since the download became available.

  1. jtarpley

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Much to do about nothing!

    If you sign up with iTMS for "one click", Apple already has your credit card info. My choice in music is hardly a national security issue. Frankly, I like the idea of being matched with music I might enjoy. Hummm.... Isn't that the whole concept of the iTMS? I think your journalistic energies would be better focused elsewhere. "Much to do about nothing."

  1. adrian_milliner

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Article title is false

    Please fix it. You're misrepresentation is doing the greater damage here.

  1. heavyboots

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    bad reporting

    Actually, as commented by others, not only is this bad reporting, but you managed to report it wrong several hours after Macintouch got it right... You should change the article to be correct or just delete the thing.

  1. mattmarshall

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    you're lying

    seriously, macnn is lying, and it makes me not want to read your site anymore.

    why don't you read what you link to?

  1. porieux

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    agreed

    bad job on this one guys. time to shape up...

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