iTunes terms and conditions: Do we read them?

One can always trust South Park to poke fun of Apple’s recent ‘Locationgate’ referring to the tracking and storing of location data from iOS devices, as well as the 55-page 15,000+ word iTunes terms and conditions document (web version). But in all seriousness, how many of us actually read the iTunes Terms & Conditions, or any terms and conditions for that matter?



In the South Park episode that premiered season 15th for the popular show, Kyle agrees to the iTunes terms & conditions without actually reading them. After “swiping his homework from his iPad to his iPhone” he gets a visit from some business casual G-men that wants to take him away and turn him into a Humancentipad, given that he had accepted the terms and conditions.

In true South Park spirit they are poking fun at Apple, but as consumers, should we be concerned about what we might have automatically agreed to without actually reading it?

Personally, when it comes to services like these i rarely read them all out. I might skim through them, and occasionally stop at a point or two, but i can’t remember it ever stopping me from proceeding with a transaction. Following the episode i set out to try and get through the whole document, but have you ever tried reading one of these things? They are so full of legal writing that it makes it very hard to read. After just a few paragraphs i found myself back to just skimming through it, and even then i got really bored of it after about 10 minutes.

I would appreciate it if you took our little poll about reading the iTunes Terms & Conditions below:



In the future i might start being less nonchalant about terms and conditions, but not sure if i will ever make it all the way through an ever growing document.

Feel free to share your thoughts around iTunes or terms & conditions in general below.


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