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Itunes is an immensely dangerous and frustrating program. It combines a very "slick" user interface, with very dangerous behavior (i.e. deleting user files without asking).

The apparent goals of Apple are to:

  1. Sell hardware
  2. Sell software
  3. Sell music but prevent sharing of one's purchases with others.
  4. Prevent anyone else from doing 1-3 above

Apple has combined nicely designed hardware, with a proprietary operating system, what appears to be a purposefully difficult organization of music, and encryption.

Apple uses the traditional Unix methods to secure their products -- A complete lack of documentation (i.e. security from obscurity), and endless updates that "break" attempts to add function. Apple also uses the traditional obfusctication methods of accountants and other professionals - special vocabulary so that conventional words take on an entire new meaning.

One of the most pernicious aspects to itunes is the "sync" function. Sync to Apple seems to mean "destructive sync" -- delete everything on the target that is not on the source computer.

All this being said, if you use Apple devices, you are largely forced to use Itunes, and you need to take protective measures.

How to deal with Itunes:

  1. Turn off Sync immediately. Make it "manual".
  2. Turn off Idrive. Idrive is entirely undocumented.
  3. Copy all downloaded music immediately to a safe harbor on a different disk drive or USB key drive. If worst come to worst, you can reload your own music back onto your software.
  4. Unless there is no other option, avoid 3rd party programs that interact with Apple software/hardware -- Apple will break them in a few months anyway




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