Enough already with the scaremongering over Apple’s iTunes Plus

“The arrival of iTunes Plus – DRM-free content from Apple’s iTunes Store – has triggered hysteria in some quarters,” Stephen Withers reports for iTWire.

“Certain commentators are getting over-excited about the way such tracks contain the purchaser’s name and iTunes Store account name. Do your homework, guys – that’s the case with ‘regular’ tracks as well,” Withers reports. “The difference is that it didn’t matter with FairPlay protected tracks, as there was no point in spreading copies around.”

“And as for references to Apple acting ‘secretly’ or ‘covertly’ – get real! The information is stored in plain text. If the company wanted to be covert, it would have been an easy task to encrypt the data before adding it to the music file,” Withers reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]


  1. I was wondering when someone was going to point this out. I’ve known about the account info on the protected tracks all along. Many files are scrambled symbols when opened in a text editor, but many have readable characters.

  2. Come on, folks, if it really, really bugs you, you can just use grep (or even textEdit) to alter or remove your name from the header. If you do care about this, take note that your iTunes user name is also embedded in the header. I didn’t look closely, but there might be other identifying info contained in the headers as well…

  3. If your intentions is to use the music files you buy for “personal use,” there is nothing to complain about. And don’t say, “What if my laptop gets stolen?” If you computer is stolen, you have a lot more personal information issues to worry about on that laptop than your name and iTunes account number embedded on some music files.

  4. next thing you know, Apple will be putting track names in header tags so that they can see what you listen too…..

    what? they already do?!? NNNNOOOOOOoooooooo……….

  5. Enough with the f*cking Magic Words, people.

    It must a secret code way of stating that you are retarded. You know, the same way that stating that you’d vote for Dennis Kucinich would.

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