I've been reading up on what Apples new iTunes Plus means to the consumer. Before you switch your preference to always download iTunes Plus formatted music you may want to check out some of the articles below that outline some privacy concerns.

InformationWeek Article
Engadget Article
iTunes Plus FAQ

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This entry was posted by Aaron West on June 4, 2007 at 5:30 PM. It was filed in the following categories: Music. It has been viewed 6367 times and has 3 comments.

3 Responses to iTunes Plus - DRM Free Music: The Good and the Bad

  1. I realize I'm probably in the minority with this viewpoint, but I don't think I have a problem with the "privacy concerns" that come with the new version of iTunes.

    Being a part time struggling musician myself (and having many friends that are full time starving musicians), I'm _all_ about seeing that the artists are credited (read: paid) when it's appropriate. I'm also pretty anit-LimeWire, etc, when it's used as a "try _instead_ of buy" (rather than "try before you buy") method for aquiring music.

    So your MP3s now include your name and accout info in them. If you're following the license agreement and not <s>stealing</s> sharing your music with others, you have nothing to worry about. :)


  2. @Nolan,

    Not alone. I don't care either. Back when Jhymm worked, it used to leave your email address in as well. I think that's a valid trade-off

    We're free to put the music to fair use, but are also on the hook should be choose to break that agreement.

    I've no problem with the honesty check.

  3. @Nolan, what does DRM-free music have to do with musicians getting paid for their work. I'm no DRM (or licensing) expert so I may be missing something obvious.

    @Nolan, @John W, you both make good points about the license model for purchased music from iTunes. As long as you aren't distributing the music to your friends and only using it for your own purposes you are within the confines of personal ownership and "fairplay." And within this boundary, there's nothing to worry about in regards to personally identifiable information. One gain that is very compelling to this change is the ability to put iTunes-downloaded music on any music player. For me - being an Apple guy - this isn't a benefit, but for those with none-Apple hardware it could be a good reason to purchase from Apple versus other online stores.