Genius + Piracy Detection?

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  1. Complexis

    Complexis Retired Moderator

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    Its great that Genius can generate playlists by sending "anonymous" information to Apple and coming up with playlists that suit that musical taste of yours. However, considering that "anonymous" information of all the music in your library and what you play... anyone consider whether this would be a means for Apple to find out various statistics as to how much music on an iPod or in iTunes are not purchased from iTunes, not DRM protected, and whether the files were pirated? Just a thought.
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    About 5 other people did the day it was released and made the same thread. Thanks! Welcome back!
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    I highly doubt they can do anything unless its stated clearly to you. Don't worry.
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    I dont think they can tell the difference between pirated music and legally aquired music.
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    You can buy a CD and rip the songs yourself into mp3. Is that pirating? How can they distinguish those files from any other mp3 file?
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    I really dont think it can gather info off your ipod and if it does it always says "found diagnostic info on your device would u like to send to apple" So just hit no. And if u have a bunch of cracked ipa's in your itunes u prolly deserve to get your ipod disabled by apple

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    Well since they state it's anonymous, it's Invasion of Privacy, is it not?
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    It would be impossible because illegally downloaded music looks exactly the same as legally ripped music. If the file doesn't look like it was ripped by iTunes then it could mean that it was ripped using a different program then imported at a later date.

    The only way to crack down on privacy would be to launch investigations into every single user who had non-DRM music on their computer.
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    If you consent to it, I hardly invasion

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    music ripped off of a CD is DRM protected. hence they would know if it was ripped off a cd.
    on the other hand.

    you ARE aloud to have personal music on your ipod touch that is not sold in itunes store and is not DRM protected.
    Such as remixs, or a song you recorded yourself.

    Apple would have no way of distinguishing that kind of music from a pirated mp3 unless they did a bit by bit reading of every single mp3 of every single ipod user.

    I seriously doubt it, but you never know...
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