This IS amazing! I have been ranting about APPLE and its slow imitation of GOOGLE LIKE stealing of our personal private citizen freedoms. Here again, if you want to use a nice little "harmless" IPOD with the newest of WWW programs, then guess what, they are databasing you, and you pay for the privilege.Cheers!
This is the part that bothers me. I am cheap, and most people don't have extra cash to burn, now songs will be more costly, that sucks!
Tunes Plus: DRM-Free, But Invades Your Privacy
Posted by Eric Zeman, Jun 4, 2007 10:07 AM
This one hurts. Last week, Apple launched its iTunes Plus music store, selling higher quality audio tracks from EMI for $1.29 without digital rights management. Aside from the extra $0.30, there's another, higher cost that isn't mentioned. Each song purchased from iTunes and iTunes Plus is permanently tagged with the purchaser's name and email address. Users are outraged, and I don't blame them.
Before iTunes Plus was announced, it didn't really matter. All songs downloaded from the iTunes Music Store are tagged with user info. The tracks that have digital rights management, however, can't be shared, so it isn't a real issue (even if it's still a bit creepy). Since you cant' share those songs, no one else has access to your information.
The songs from iTunes Plus are also tagged. But because they are free of DRM, they can be shared...along with your name, iTunes account information and email address. That means if you choose to share a song with a friend, who in turn shares that song with another friend (and so on and so on), your full account information will be spread with the song. That's a bit unnerving.
This almost feels like a dare of some sort. Apple is asking iTunes users to take a chance with their privacy. Who's really willing to take that risk?
Apple hasn't said anything about the song tagging.