Apple Sending Unsolicited Notifications for New Carpool Karaoke Episodes and Apple Music Echo Support

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    Apple has recently been sending out unsolicited notifications to iOS users, promoting Carpool Karaoke episodes and the availability of Apple Music on Amazon Echo devices.

    Multiple unwanted and unapproved notifications direct from Apple have gone out during the month of December, irritating iPhone users who aren't interested in the features that Apple is promoting.

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    Apple started sending out Carpool Karaoke notifications earlier this month via the TV app, letting users know that a new episode was available. It didn't take long for iPhone and iPad users to take to Twitter to complain about the unsolicited notifications.

    The Apple Music Amazon Echo notifications appear to have gone out today, based on multiple reports from Twitter users who received the info from Apple. Apple Music support for Amazon Echo devices rolled out last Friday.

    Apple doesn't appear to be sending these push notifications to all users, so it's not clear what criteria the company is using to determine who to send content to. Apple Music and the TV app, the apps that the notifications are coming from, are installed on iOS devices by default and are not apps that users elected to install.


    If you've been receiving notifications from Apple, you can stop them by turning off notifications for the apps via the Settings app. Go to Notifications > Music or TV, and toggle off "Allow Notifications." Unfortunately there's no way to keep the TV or Music notifications you do want without also getting the unwanted notifications from Apple.

    Apple has previously sent out unsolicited notifications on multiple occasions, but the frequency appears to be picking up. Just recently, the company sent out notifications encouraging people to upgrade to the iPhone XR or XS and letting users know about discounted iPhone XR pricing with trade-in.

    Apple's App Store rules do not allow for apps to send notifications for advertising, promotions, or marketing purposes, but it appears those rules don't apply to Apple's own notifications.

    Article Link: Apple Sending Unsolicited Notifications for New Carpool Karaoke Episodes and Apple Music Echo Support
     
  2. ArizonaKid macrumors regular

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    Received the Echo one today, I don't own an Echo.
     
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    I don't want a new U2 album and I don't want this!
     
  4. Dj64Mk7 macrumors 65816

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    How exactly is this unsolicited when the user elected to enable notifications for these apps?
     
  5. boodle, Dec 18, 2018
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    Makes me want to smash my iPhone and switch to Android.

    If you use the Music and TV apps and want notifications relevant to your subscriptions then you are de facto forced to accept Apple's ******** push ads. This is not OK.
     
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    Well, I'm not a subscriber to Apple Music because of lack of funds. Also don't have plans to join the Apple TV services. However Apple could notify it's subscribers via email instead of nagging them.
     
  7. martyjmclean macrumors regular

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    Sales must be very low if they have to violate their own guidelines.
    This past fortnight I've had a notification for Carpool Karaoke; multiple notifications for Apple Music and iPhone XR. All things I have no interest in.
     
  8. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

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    Tim: "But Eddy, our customers aren't going to like this"
    Eddy: "Screw them"
     
  9. macsba macrumors 6502

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    You really don't want to do that.
     
  10. cmaier macrumors G4

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    Because the notifications are supposed to be about new episodes of shows we watch, not ads for things we haven’t expressed any interest in.
     
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    This rule isn’t enforced on any app. Effin Walmart and Best Buy send me notifications about their dang sales every day.
     
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    You want to smash your phone and switch OSs because of a... push notification.....? Get a grip.
     
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    Perhaps you and the three people who liked your comment missed this part of the article:

    Apple's App Store rules do not allow for apps to send notifications for advertising, promotions, or marketing purposes, but it appears those rules don't apply to Apple's own notifications.
     
  14. bbednarz macrumors 6502a

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    Are we really going to complain about a push notification? This reminds me of a lady that called in a few years ago when I was working in tech support. She was mad because she had to click "save changes" on her profile after she updated her profile.... People just like to complain about anything and everything.
     
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    Pretty extreme reaction. Maybe it’s time to see a specialist to deal with those anger issues before someone gets hurt.
     
  17. Starship67, Dec 18, 2018
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    Good lord you really need to get over it and move on. I hope they send you 100 of em.
     
  18. alvindarkness macrumors 6502a

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    Tim is so proud of the "curation" Apple does on the app store and itunes, that they've expanded their awesome curation to include notifications. Thank you, I have never been so happy to be an Apple user.
     
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  20. Glockworkorange macrumors 65816

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    I'm sure if you review the TOS you'd find you are incorrect.

    Not defending Apple, by the way. I just think the OUTRAGE is a little out of proportion to the supposed offense.

    The U2 album was a bigger issue, at least in my opinion.
     
  21. racer1441 macrumors 68000

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    I’ll watch that stupid car song show when the episode involves them dumping the car into a ditch and it catching on fire.
     
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    There’s nothing in the TOS that says that. And their own rules (app store) say you can’t.
     
  23. Starship67, Dec 18, 2018
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    Ive not received one. And certainly wouldn't be upset about it if I do. Wasn't upset about the U2 album either. I just deleted it. Simple. Someone somewhere probably a member here will a start class action Im sure.

    Edit: in fact if you have notifications turned on for the music or tv app. Then they aren’t unsolicited you’ve agreed to accept notifications.
     
  24. LinusR macrumors 6502

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    I'd say a notification informing about a new feature like Echo compatibility (which is bound to appear exactly once and never again) hardly violates any of these.
     
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    That’s the very definition of an unsolicited advertisement.
     

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