[NSFW] Russian iTunes Store Launch Included Porn

Russian iTunes Store Launch (NSFW)

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As reported by 9to5Mac, the launch of the Russian iTunes Store accidentally displayed porn to unsuspecting visitors. It has since been fixed, but it makes me wonder how this got through to production.

And you thought adult content wasn’t allowed to pass through an Apple service…

iTunes Store Adds Support For 56 Countries

Apple has opened the iTunes Store to 56 additional countries, bringing the official tally to 155. From Apple’s Press Release:

Apple® today announced the launch of the iTunes Store® in Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa and 52 additional countries featuring an incredible selection of local and international music from all the major labels and thousands of independent labels. The iTunes Store features local artists including Elka in Russia, Sezen Aksu in Turkey, AR Rahman in India, and Zahara in South Africa, international artists including The Beatles, Taylor Swift and Coldplay, and world-renowned classical musicians including Lang Lang, Yo Yo Ma and Yuja Wang. Customers can choose from over 20 million songs available to purchase and download on the iTunes Store.


The iTunes Store is available in 119 countries and is the best way for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod®, Mac® and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. […]

Customers also have access to the revolutionary App Store℠ with more than 700,000 apps available in 155 countries.

I find it weird that India and Russia have just now received the iTunes Store. Now they have one more place to spend their money.

iTunes 11 Welcomes With Questions

After waiting a few days to let others seek out bugs that squeaked through, I have finally updated to iTunes 11.

iTunes 11 Welcome Screen

What I found interesting was how the welcome screen presented me with two questions:

  1. Do you want to watch a tutorial?
  2. Can we access information about your library?

While I am happy they are asking my permission before accessing my personal library for information (and even defaulting to “No Thanks”), I have to wonder why they made a tutorial. The interface is rather refreshing and considerably easier to use in comparison to previous versions.

I watched both tutorials—out of curiosity—and found them to be short (both under three-minutes each) and concise. Still, I wish I had those ~five-minutes back.

Bloomberg Claims iTunes 11 Is an Overhaul

From Bloomberg:

Apple will unveil the changes by year’s end, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. The company will more closely integrate its iCloud file- storage service with iTunes so users can more seamlessly access and manage their music, videos and downloaded software apps across different Apple gadgets, the people said. Apple also plans new features for sharing music, the people said.

This is very interesting. If true, it makes me wonder how much better the iTunes experience will become.

Bill Gates’ Response to iTunes Music Store Launch

While reading Walter Isaacson’s biography on Steve Jobs, I came across an e-mail excerpt (full version here) sent by former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates the night Apple announced the iTunes Music Store. I have edited for conciseness:

From: Bill Gates
Sent: Wed 4/30/2003 10:46 PM
To: Amir Ma3~dimehr; Dave ~ester
Cc: Will Poole; Christopher Payne; Yusuf Mehdi; David Cole; Hank Vigll
Subject: Apple’s Jobs again.., and time to have a great Windows download service…

[…] I am not saying this strangeness means we messed up - at least if we did so did Real and Pressplay and Musicnet and basically everyone else.

Now that Jobs has done it we need to move fast to get somethlng where the UI and Rights are as good.

I am not sure whether we should do this through one of these JVs or not, I am not sure what the problems are.

However I think we need some plan to prove that even though Jobs has us a bit flat footed again we move quick and both match and do stuff better. […]

This e-mail reminds me of the WWDC 2004 banners proclaiming “Redmond, start your photocopiers.” It’s nice to see Bill realize they missed the boat, and that they need to catch up, but where is the drive to push out a service that beats Apple’s latest offering? Phrases like “we need to move fast to get somethlng where the UI and Rights are as good” only reaffirm that Microsoft—at that time—was still content with mimicking rather than rethinking.

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