It wasn’t all that long ago that Apple decided to try and sneak Safari on to Windows users computers through an iTunes update. But apparently they didn’t learn their lesson last time, because they are at it again.
For those of you running Windows, if you have updated your iTunes virus to version 7.7 then go take a look in your Control Panel. You will find a new icon for MobileMe Preferences has be snuck onto your computer. If you click on it, you will be directed on how to sign up for the service you did not ask for from an applet that was snuck onto your computer via an update. If that isn’t virus like activity, I don’t know what is.
If Microsoft (or just about any other company for that matter) played the same games Apple does (do you remember when they snuck a “beacon” into iTunes that calls home without notifying the user that it was in there?), then the company would be publicly flogged (A similar “game” essentially squashed RealAudio back when their player was popular). But Apple some how gets away with it.
No doubt, I will get e-mails from Apple apologist trying to justify this, but I am sorry there is no excuse for the games they play and it is time they get called on it.