If you’ve downloaded the latest (6.0.2) iTunes update, you’ve probably noticed the new MiniStore. What you may not have noticed is that it changes depending on what you have selected in your library. It doesn’t change by selecting an artist, but if you select an album name or single tack, the MiniStore shows you information about that album, and offers suggestion of other music.
How does this work you ask? Well… iTunes is transmitting data to Apple, and they are in turn sending info back to iTunes. Is this spying? It depends… is Apple saving this information, or is it just behaving like a standard search? If Apple is collecting and saving this information, then I would call that spying… and I’m not too happy about it. If the information isn’t stored, and it’s simply doing a search, then I don’t mind that too much.
It appears as though turning off the MiniStore (CMD+SHIFT+M) disables this “feature”, but that isn’t confirmed. Boing Boing has a complete write up about it.
Found via TUAW
UPDATE (01.12.05): Apparently Rob, from OSX Hints, has answered the question… iTunes is NOT spying on you. Apple has confirmed they do NOT store or collect information from the MiniStore.