Sometimes, Apple will even collect information about your music listening habits and send it to other companies without telling you first or giving you a chance to opt out.
This is bad enough, but it’s not, in my estimation, enough to boycott their products entirely. After all, Apple did quickly fix that privacy problem.
“At times we may be required by law or litigation to disclose your personal information. We may also disclose information about you if we determine that for national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, disclosure is necessary.”
If you listen to the wrong kinds of music or podcasts, you might be a terrorist, and Apple just might turn over all its records on you to the government.
What use the government might have for your music buying and listening habits, I couldn’t say. But it should worry you a lot more than marketers having your music buying and listening habits. After all, marketers can’t lock you up indefinitely without a trial or kill you with impunity.
In the meantime, for podcasts I’ve pre-ordered a 2GB USB “multi-gadget” from the Free Talk Live Store. And I’m still looking for something to carry around my ever-expanding music collection.