iTunes 8: Sneaky Install adds lots of extras

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by weg, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. weg macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    It seems that iTunes 8 for Windows sneaks in quite a number of services/device drivers without telling the user...

    (read ZDNET blog)

    • it provides a USB driver for the iPods
    • it overwrites the driver for optical devices
    • it installs the MobileMe service
    • it updates Quicktime

    Worst of all, it seems that iTunes 8 has slipped through Apples quality control (like some other products, recently).
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    That's ridiculous! It is NOT a trojan horse! iTunes uses QuickTime for video, syncs with iPods, and burns to optical drives, so it's perfectly natural to update those things to support changes in iTunes. It does NOT install MobileMe! The AppleSyncNotifier the article refers to is used by MobleMe, but is also used for syncing to iPhones and iPods, which iTunes would do in syncing to iPods. I already had MobileMe and it didn't even change the version of it. This is totally bogus and irresponsible to label iTunes as a trojan. The article is an example of irresponsible reporting, where they claim iTunes was "sneaking a couple of driver updates onto the system." Updating drivers to support changes in software is an extremely common practice. It's not "sneaking"; it's "updating"!

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