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Bad Apple: New iTunes Store Terms and Conditions

By Lizelle Jackson | September 13, 2008

So this afternoon I was about to purchase an album on iTunes when a pop-up of the new Terms and Conditions for the iTunes Store shows up. I normally never read this but it was the first paragraph that caught my eye.


Purchases or rentals (as applicable) from the iTunes Store are available to you only in the United States and are not available in any other location. You agree not to use or attempt to use the iTunes Store from outside of the available territory. Apple may use technologies to verify such compliance.

Are they serious? As an American currently living in Switzerland I don’t quite understand their logic with this one. Yes, I highly doubt that they will ever really pursue a case against a person that is trying to legally buy their music. However, it is frustrating to think that by trying to legally purchase music I could potentially (in coordinence with the new Terms & Conditions) have my account shut down. I suppose then, it doesn’t seem to much of a stretch to assume that soon iTunes which be checking IP addresses and actually blocking visitors form outside the US (although they have US accounts) from even connecting to the iTunes Store.

Apple is slowly but surely starting to wear on me…

Topics: Rants | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “Bad Apple: New iTunes Store Terms and Conditions”

  1. Cosabio Says:
    September 13th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. I’m not agreeing to this.

    Thanks for blogging it!

    John Bryant

  2. frumiousb Says:
    September 15th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Have you had any communication with Apple around this? In the past, as a US citizen who works abroad right now I have been able to use the iTunes store with no problem either in the US or abroad. This so long as I still had a US credit card and address. So now that’s not allowed anymore?

  3. mochabelly Says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 7:22 am

    yeah, so what does this mean? If i’m backpacking around asia, i won’t be able to listen to the songs that I purchased through iTunes? Would buying the Bangkok bootlegs really be better for the industry? c’mon now. makes no sense.

  4. Chris P. Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I’m UK based and have just had to accept these new terms to continue a download.

    Now my acount came about as I stayed in the US for a while and bought some itunes credit, Yet now it seems I’ll be breaking the T&Cs to continue to use the remaining credit..

    Seems we try to be legal, yet they just try to make it even harder…

  5. Trevor L Says:
    January 8th, 2009 at 4:57 am

    Yup… and guess what.. they take your money even if you try to purchase anyway. I agreed the conditions – and it gave me no choice, I had to choose it – and once I did, I went back and sure enough, the error message came up. So, I tried again and a different response – it said my account balance was not up to date and it asked me to refresh and repurchase. I tried again to purchase and then I looked at the balance and they had already deducted the amount for the time I got the downloading error. Did this whole thing twice again and sure enough, each time they kept taking $$$. I’m an expat in HK and I am pissed. Only thing I can think of is how to get someone in the States to do it and then send it. The announcement earlier this week did mention that they were removing some DRM limitations on the songs so that means that they can be shared from machine to machine. Anyway – I’m pissed. This sucks.

  6. Neil G Says:
    April 14th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    ..And they say I can’t make missiles or biological weapons with the stuff I download! It is useless to me!

  7. alan Says:
    June 21st, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    I’m hoping it’s something Apple’s been required to add by major labels and it’s not something they plan on enforcing. It makes no sense for Apple to reduce their own revenues by enforcing it.

    I have a US iTunes Store account and a local account too, mainly so I can watch TV shows not yet available in my local Store.

  8. Mi5 Says:
    June 30th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    I am also an expat, living in Switzerland. The new conditions I am asked to agree, were shown to me as 73 (yes, seventy-three) pages of German text…. I am English, and in any case, live in the French-speaking part of Switzerland! Worse, I am currently forced to use the Swiss iTunes store, which gives fewer apps than the UK or US stores, and has reviews in… yes… German. Helpful. Not. Is.

    Net result…. I am not agreeing, and they can go stuff themselves, reducing their app-store income, and that of the developers. How irritating! (Aside: eBay also send all their email to me in German, despite my protests.)

  9. Shinitaika Says:
    December 5th, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Hey mi5, I have the identical problem. I livein French Switzerland, and slowly all my services have switched from English to Swiss german. I’m slowlY being shut off from the web, as I can no longer tea option screens, reviews, or search results! Very annoying, anyone have any suggestons?

  10. Brain Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 7:33 am

    This is really bad. I am think from switching to other handset like Google’s Phone or Blackberry and to keep my iPhone out of Charge for Apple’s Eyes then I will try to sell it for ones whom may love this hardware.

    My comment this is so ugly and stubied.

  11. Matt Says:
    August 18th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Back in 2008 and 2009 I worked as a teacher in S. Korea and I had no problems even after agreeing to that shit sounding terms and conditions. I’m getting ready to move to Thailand to teach; is Apple actively enforcing this blatant stupidity now? Or will I still be able to purchase apps from the app store? I tried to find a number to call to ask Apple themselves, but goddamn there is NO SUCH NUMBER…at least not that I could find.