Apple Censoring 'Jailbreak' in U.S. iTunes Store Listings [Update: Fixed]


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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Exploring an observation initially made by iOS hacker @planetbeing, Shoutpedia notes that Apple has mysteriously begun censoring the word "jailbreak" in the U.S. iTunes Store. While not all mentions of the word are affected, the vast majority of them across all content types are currently being censored to "j*******k".

Apple has long objected to the jailbreaking process, which opens up iOS devices for installation of apps from non-Apple approved sources and other system tweaks. But it is unclear what the company is trying to achieve with its iTunes Store censoring, which affects such content as Thin Lizzy's song and album of that name and an episode of the The Roy Rogers Show from the early 1950s.

The censoring appears to only affect the U.S. iTunes Store at the present time, but it has been in effect for over eight hours now.

Update: The censoring appears to be inadvertent. Searches for 'jailbreak' on the Apple Store now return results without any asterisks.

Article Link: Apple Censoring 'Jailbreak' in U.S. iTunes Store Listings [Update: Fixed]


macrumors 6502a
Jun 28, 2010
What's the point of this? It's not like I walk down the street, flip the bird to someone and yell "j*******k you!" to people.

While we're at it, I'm going to go j*******k myself.


macrumors 65816
Jan 8, 2009
My guess is that they probably meant to limit this is APPS but inadvertently applied the censor to music as well. Now I'm wondering about movies and TV.



macrumors 68040
Feb 2, 2008
My guess is that some automated process is the cause of this, not someone deliberately censoring the word in Thin Lizzys album title.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 25, 2008
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that executives at Apple did not sit around a table and say "let's remove every instance of the word "jailbreak" from the Apple store including classic songs because that makes perfect sense to do" but instead they didn't want it to appear in any instance like a tutorial podcast or app that might show someone how to jailbreak and it censored more than what was intended.


macrumors 6502
Mar 14, 2011

What exactly does this accomplish? Are there jailbreak podcasts available on iTunes or something? I just don't understand this.


macrumors G3
Jun 11, 2008
Los Angeles, CA
It's most likely a computerized system. Probably has a log of all the instances and someone will be going through that list and fixing the 'bad' hits. Already this morning if you go to the Thin Lizzy album the title and the song title are fine in their info page. So someone is probably already at work on that log. Then they will refresh the indexes to remove the issue from the search screens etc.

A momentarily hiccup that really isn't worth the hyperbolic posting that Apple is some big bad etc

Oh wait, it's an Apple post, and a Diss Apple post. That gets page hits. So yeah, I guess it is worth it to post about.


Feb 17, 2009
Duh, this is clearly the Law of Unintended Consequences at work. Whatever the actual intent of this was, obviously song titles were not it.
Still dumb and nitpicking.

From the I have my panties in a twist boardroom meeting.

Can't believe it's even worth a discussion.

Come on Apple, watch and work on important stuff.
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