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.
US SALES ONLY
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…