Apple iTunes, ID Theft, and Free Speech on the Web

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Now that Apple's iTunes is the 800-pound gorilla of digital media management, we've come up with 11 things we hate about the software. Many readers chimed in with their own gripes. Tell us what you hate--or love--about iTunes.

Identity theft on a grand scale is becoming a huge problem, and many readers say that companies need to be more about protection than reaction. What do you think? Let us know.

A woman who pled guilty to having "obscene" stories on her Web site was sentenced to 5 years' probation. Many readers are irate that she was brought to trial, citing First Amendment rights. What's your opinion? Join the discussion on free speech and obscenity.

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11 Things We Hate About iTunes

Nicholas1029 says: Actually, iTunes has had a taskbar player for a while in Windows. Right-click the taskbar, go to Toolbars, and then click on iTunes (or make sure it's checked). Whenever you minimize iTunes, it should turn into a miniplayer on the taskbar itself.

Tom1946 says: I'm on the PC and I hate that iTunes is the only app on my desktop that doesn't recognize or use the scroll wheel on my mouse. It may seem trivial, but it sure would be useful when scrolling through thousands of songs or hundreds of artists or albums.

Chuckchuck says: I use iTunes to listen to and purchase music from Apple, but I do not have an iPhone or an iPod. Why does software for the iPhone and iPod automatically get installed and run on start up and eat resources? Apple should offer a more customizable iTunes where a user can tick on or off if they want support for the iPhone or iPod.

BrotherJ says: I've had this gripe since iTunes first hit the scene and can't believe no one else does: Start playing an album (not playlist) in iTunes. Then browse anywhere else in your library--say, for instance, to do some ID3 housekeeping or create a few playlists. Playback will stop immediately after the current song finishes. This requires you to go back to the album, find the next track and continue playback...only to have to do it again and again and again.

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Massive Identity Theft Exposes Troubling Trend

trevor7 says: I totally agree. America's companies need to focus more prevention, and not just detection. I have seen where banks and financial institutions have to be in compliance with "the red-flags ruling." A part of this compliance is initial risk assessment and identity theft protection. I think we are starting to realize the importance of protection. I just don't know if we are moving at the speed hackers are.

Mccartyseanm says: Whether or not they wake up, I find no need to spend another dime with these thoughtless corporations.

Andrewsmhay says: As a security professional with a network security provider, we are definitely seeing this as a growing trend. The problem is a failure in the upper echelons of management. Until recently they didn't see security as a money maker so it is was usually put on the back burner until "guests" (attackers) show up "hungry" (ready to rob you blind).

SashaVu says: I was a victim of identity theft 2 years ago. My SIL is a lawyer and helped me to restore it, a nasty 9-month ordeal. Well, 41 mil cc's later the government finally stands up to notice. It's like the town that doesn't put up a stop sign where needed till someone has a fatal accident there.

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Woman Sentenced for Web Site With 'Obscene' Stories

Mcbarker says: This is clearly an abuse of power by a U.S. attorney. Doesn't Mary Beth Buchanan know that freedom of speech is protected under U.S. law by the First Amendment? I may not care for the author's stories, but she absolutely has the right to publish them, either in print or on the Internet. What's next--an arrest warrant for the producers of 50 percent of what comes out of Hollywood?

Coastie65 says: I am no fan of the ACLU, but this overzealous prosecutor is off her trolley and is ruling in direct contradiction to the U.S. constitution. This needs to be appealed for sure. Just another activist judge who is legislating from the bench. Nobody has to watch or read anything they may find offensive. In the case of a TV program, just change the channel or turn off the set. The people who visited the Web site knew what the content was, and if they didn't like it, then move on.

Adama says: If someone wants to write obscene stories, they could write a book or something, rather than putting it on the Web. I say that because too many young kids are innocently clicking in to things like that--and they could very well become the victims here.

1D10TUSER says: This was not a case of an overzealous prosecutor. There is freedom of speech, but there are certain things you cannot say. You cannot yell "Fire" in a crowded building. You cannot advocate the overthrow of the government by force. There is no freedom of speech for obscene communications. These are hard-and-fast rules for a reason. What she was doing was clearly obscene, and she knew it. The stories themselves must have been really bad for them to prosecute.

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