iTunes Plus: ‘Plus’ As In Your Private Data
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Well so much for the glorious experiment of DRM-free iTunes downloads. Concerns are now being raised by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that user information is being embedded into the tracks purchased through iTunes. That information then runs the risk of creating privacy issues for unsuspecting users as it could be extracted for evil purposes. Apple refuted these claims with this rebuttal:

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Well that certainly settles that. Thanks Apple. Now to be fair this user information has always been embedded into tracks for monitoring and restriction purposes (I’d suppose). However, once users begin paying the 30% premium ($1.29 vs. $0.99) for these unrestricted versions shouldn’t Apple honor that and back out? Instead this situation leaves open the option and capability to track down origins of songs on file-sharing networks. That’s means you could end up on the nasty side of music industry copyright lawsuits (read what happened to the 24 TV show uploader) despite buying what were allegedly management free tracks.

No fears though, file sharers. Just burn the tracks to a CD and then rip them back into mp3’s. Then again, couldn’t you just do that before for 30% less cost anyways? There are plenty more discussions on both sides of the fence over on CNN.

Written by: Matt
Posted on: Thursday, June 7, 2007

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