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Monday, March 14, 2005

Legally Speaking, Nothing Has Changed

Mac users are obviously notorious alarmists who often blow a tidbit of news way out of proportion on a frequent and regular basis.

When AOL first announced the ridiculous-sounding new terms of service, Mac users were quick to bitch about what it meant for Apple and iChat. AOL has since clarified that the terms apply to public chat and conferencing venues—not person-to-person IM sessions.

Hot on the heels of AOL’s clarification, we get this:

iTunes 4.7.1 quietly brings sharing restrictions

With the update to iTunes 4.7.1, Apple has quietly introduced a limit to the number of users who can access your iTunes shared music per day.

[MacNN | The Macintosh News Network]

Naturally, Mac users instantly bitched about this one, too—practically the nanosecond after it was posted. Get over it, people. Strictly from a legal point of view, not a single thing has changed. Apparently, before this new version, while only five different machines could use iTunes sharing to access iTMS-purchased songs, any number could access tracks that came from other sources. Honestly, I never even knew this. I thought the five-person limit already applied to the entire library—as is now the case with the 4.7.1 update. For me, it doesn’t feel as though I lost anything.

And here’s something else to consider. While it’s not on paper, what’s the difference between music you legally purchased a CD of, and music you downloaded from iTMS? It’s still copyrighted and the owners don’t intend for you to have scads of people to listen to it at the same time. Besides, unlike the iTMS-purchased songs, the stuff you’ve ripped yourself can be copied to another machine without a hitch, rendering the five-person library sharing limit moot.

No, I am absolutely not saying this change was a good thing for Apple to do. I’m saying two things: 1) Because of my own misinformed knowledge of how the iTunes sharing worked, I will not perceive any difference whatsoever. 2) People, quit being such freekin’ alarmists. Examine a problem for at least another minute before mouthing off about it. Sure, perhaps sometimes the situation deserves having a crowd of people mouth off about it, but save the turbo mode for later!

» Posted by ALBj at 10:58 PM (ET)
Category: Musings

Comments

It’s the crying wolf effect. The more you bitch, the less people will take you seriously.

» Posted by Queue
March 17, 2005 08:58 AM

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