updated 11:05 am EST, Wed January 18, 2006
Apple explains MiniStore
Apple has responded to users claims that its iTunes software on January 10th, but two days later avid Mac users discovered that the software quietly communicated information over the internet, both to Apple and to a company based in Orem, Utah. The MiniStore was activated by default in iTunes previously, but has now been deactivated until users choose to activate the feature. [updated]
Apple's iTunes 6.02 now displays the following note via its interface: "The iTunes MiniStore allows you to discover new music and videos right from your iTunes Library. As you select items in your Library, information about that item is sent to Apple and the MiniStore will show you related songs or videos. Apple does not keep any information related to the contents of your music Library."