Do I really have to pay for it?

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iTunes is a media player, media library, online radio broadcaster, and mobile device management application developed by Apple Inc. It is used to play, download, and organize digital audio and video (as well as other types of media available on the iTunes Store) on personal computers running the OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems. The iTunes Store is also available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. In the iTunes Store, users can purchase and download music, music videos, television shows, audiobooks, podcasts, movies, and movie rentals in some countries, and ringtones, available on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

In June 2010, Apple changed the general privacy policy for the iTunes Store saying that it will gather real-time data on users aged 13 and over. The adjusted document declares that Apple has the right to share this information with third parties that deliver certain services such as advertising and promotion services. In the UK in August 2014 the Internet went mad when the High Court has overturned copyright legislation to make the transferring of copyright works from one medium to another illegal – one of the main traditional uses of iTunes. This was stipulated by TorrentFreack.

The government legalised copying for private use in 2014, a practice most thought was already legal. This meant copying of music from a CD to an MP3 player – something that is not only possible on iTunes but, at least when it first appeared, was its principal function along with buying from the platform. “As this is a complex area of law, the Government is carefully considering the implications of the ruling and the available options, before deciding any future course of action,” a government spokesperson said.

The reality was that iTunes was never illegal and the law was misinterpreted. But I strongly believe that iTunes is one of the best platforms to buy music and media files without breaking the copyright laws and also not stealing them from the internet.

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2 Comments

  1. This is a well thought out post, I found it really quite interesting. It’s questionable to say the least, that the law can get so twisted and confusing when it comes to matter such as copyright. iTunes is a great service for users as it offers an accessible and legal way of handling music and other materials but when this is put into question by the law, it can cause a stir in the online community and shake the foundations we have built our technological selves upon.

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  2. This is a really interesting take on copyrighting relating to music/specifically iTunes. Most of us know that paying for music with services like itunes is something that many people find a way around with different apps or websites that allow for downloading free music. Like said by @rebeccabowes96, iTunes is a great way to legally access music online. Yet, I had no idea about the legal concerns of iTunes until I read your post. It is interesting how it seemed to have been more of a misinterpretation of the law than actually breaking the law. Great way to approach the topic.

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