iTunes MiniStore now kindly asks for permission to spy. ;)
When Apple released iTunes 6.0.2 at MWSF, people were a bit put off, to say the least, by the automatic appearance of the so-called "MiniStore", a feature which looks at what you're listening to and sends this information along with a unique ID which also includes your Apple User ID to the iTunes Music Store to give you a list of tracks you might want to buy. While Apple says the information is not stored but merely used to send you ads, the "feature" still looks like a privacy issue to most users.
Today, Apple changed its behaviour. It now asks you for permission before activating the MiniStore and shows you how to turn the feature off (Cmd-Shift-"M" does the trick quickly). While Apple's move to even include
the MiniStore might be viewed as a bad one, their quick response to users' concerns certainly has to be applauded.