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Them Too

Peter Cohen:

I have trouble thinking of a more self-indulgent, “first world problem” than saying “I hate this free new album I’ve been given.”

Yes, it’s a generous deal, if you happen to like it. But there’s no reason to not ask me. Peter offers that the vast majority of the people complaining know that it can “trivially” be hidden. So vast, apparently, that Apple has had to made a removal tool to make that findable. A simple action no one knows to take isn’t simple.

Imagine if you got what you think is the world’s ugliest shirt for your birthday present. Fine, that happens. Smile and get on with it. The person that gave you the shirt didn’t mean any offense and you don’t have to wear it.

Now imagine knowing that shirt will always be in your wardrobe right in the middle of your usual clothes and you don’t know how to get rid of it – you try removing it and throwing it away, but it keeps reappearing. Now imagine you change your clothes tens of times per day. As is true for nearly every problem, you can have worse problems, but it would grate on me.

And it’s not about the physical effort of having to scroll through another row. It’s about what’s in there going from being your choice to being your choice + what Apple thinks is a good idea. This was a problem when Twitter did this last month, and it’s a problem now.

Apple knows that music is both powerful and personal, they have highlighted that they think both customization and privacy are important and they have made a big fucking deal about their services to the user being in service of the user and not for some other ulterior motive. Apple could have asked “do you want this?”, but they didn’t, and the reason they didn’t was exactly because then they couldn’t help their friends chase a bogus world record. I’m not saying those values aren’t there, but they let them be overridden for the sake of marketing. Values that don’t always hold aren’t values. They should have asked.


  1. A cogent, concise, well articulated response. I think the level of vitriol is sophomoric at best, but I do understand the confusion and frustration at what most view as a privacy invasion. I can only hope responses like this one can rise to the top of the discussion ladder.

    By Tim · 2014.09.16 14:00

  2. I’m fully with Peter Cohen on this. Gifting a single album into my purchased list does me no harm. The amount of time wasted by talented, intelligent people arguing this is completely ridiculous. Time too move on.

    By Tim Yu · 2014.09.16 23:46

  3. As opposed to the time wasted by talented, intelligent people trying to remove something from their media library that they didn’t put there?

    By Jesper · 2014.09.17 18:43

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