Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Sep 2009 16:18 UTC
Apple If you have Apple's QuickTime media player and/or iTunes installed on your Windows machine, you might want to keep an eye on apple's Software Update tool. Apple is once again using the update tool to push unwanted software onto users' machines without asking for permission.
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RE: Your statement is false
by darknexus on Mon 28th Sep 2009 16:58 UTC in reply to "Your statement is false"
darknexus
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2008-07-15

Didn't you here? The anti-Apple stuff comes straight from the top, from David Adams himself. See this article:
http://www.osnews.com/story/21918
So it's unlikely it will go away and, truth be told, as much as I like Apple's products sometimes their business decisions and policies deserve to be justly criticized. This, I think, is one of them: they're leaving this new utility in the updates section of their updater, and leaving it checked by default knowing full well that most users don't bother to look before clicking the install button. It does make me wonder why, though. I can't think of anything they'd gain by installing an enterprise utility onto home machines unless there's something hidden in it. Perhaps this one was an honest error... or then again perhaps not. Who can tell in this day?

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RE[2]: Your statement is false
by David on Mon 28th Sep 2009 17:30 in reply to "RE: Your statement is false"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

Not actually true, FYI, though I can see why you might think so. That's why I'm writing this comment. I actually got a lot of push back from the OSNews editors when I decided to publish my little emotional rant, and I haven't ever instructed them to write anything about Apple, bad or good.

As for my "give Apple bad PR idea," nobody else ended up thinking it was likely to be an effective idea, and a movement followed by one person isn't going to be effective, so I dropped it.

Incidentally, I agree with the earlier commenter that Thom is a bit misleading in that the Apple software updater doesn't automatically install this software, it just prompts you to install it. On my Windows machine (my main machine is a Mac), I always uncheck and disable updates for Safari and any other Apple software that I don't need. So I agree with Thom that what Apple is doing is lame and annoying, but I'm not as up-in-arms about it.

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RE[3]: Your statement is false
by affect on Mon 28th Sep 2009 19:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Your statement is false"
affect Member since:
2006-09-27

Not to dismiss any criticism of Apple, but do you feel as strongly about Microsoft's practices that in the past put many companies out of business using illegal, anti-competitive tactics? How many days did you call for criticism of Microsoft when they were found by the courts to be a monopoly which is hurtful to consumer interests?

I don't think there exists the moral company, but when I see a reaction so severe to one in particular and not another which is far more worthy of scorn, I start to wonder. Am I alone in thinking this?

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