I was working in the kitchen earlier, and had my laptop out there with the recipe that I was following, and I thought it’d be nice to have some music playing while I cooked. I’d just recently rediscovered my iPod, and had loaded iTunes, so I opened that up.
This is a new set up on the laptop, so I don’t have any pay lists, but I do see the “Genius” setting, and I think OK cool, rather than spend time making a list, I’ll let the Apple corporation do it for me.
Well, you have to create a userID first, but that’s OK I can do that, so I go about creating a new account, and it asks for my email and a password. then it starts with security questions. Now these always make me uneasy, but I put them in. And now finally it asks for my Credit Card details. Of course, it’s totally secure, they say, and we will not use this information unless you purchase something from the store.
A while ago I wrote about my experience with QVC, and why I don’t save card information anywhere anymore. And now I am being asked to give my credit card details just to create a playlist of songs I already own? I don’t for a moment believe that Apple intend to use my details incorrectly. It’s not that I think that they will deliberately start charging my card with things for the heck of it.
But what about things Apple haven;t planned for? What about the hacker that gets into their system? what about the person who guesses my password, and starts buying all this music for their own use, on my card? And don’t tell me these things don’t happen, or that Apple have great security and it wouldn’t happen there.
No, it should not be a requirement that I give you my Credit Card details even to enter your store, which is effectively what this set up says. And it should not be a requirement that a company has on their system all my details, just to make their marketing effort easier.
I finished my cooking without music, and Apple lost a potential customer for their store, so we are both losers, but at least my Credit Card are on one less system.
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