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No more credit card number for Apple

It’s a matter of trust, and frankly, I don’t anymore. The iTunes user agreement is 43 pages long and Apple frequently changes it. Yesterday, when I went to update some apps purchased through the App Store, a dialogue box insisted on my signing the user agreement before I could proceed with the update. Reread 43 pages? You and I know, and Apple does too… ain’t gonna happen. The submissive “I Agree” button is not on page 43, it’s on page one.

Such practices invite us to stupidly “sign” things we have not read (and believe me, the agreement is not for our benefit) or to accept broken functionality. Updates are important because they quash bugs and fix security holes. Blocking use of them is a bad practice.

To prevent Apple from imposing unexpected charges on my credit card, I have taken the data away from them. When and if I choose to buy anything again through the App Store or iTunes, I may give Apple one-time use of the card number. No more one-click convenience, but that’s OK with me.

Here’s how you remove your credit card number.

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2 comments

1 Paul { 03.09.12 at 7:46 pm }

I removed my credit card number from the App store/iTunes some time ago. Only using iTune cards now. I have seen iTune cards on sale at Best Buy & Metro – $50 card for $40, beats any credit deal

2 Bill { 03.09.12 at 9:09 pm }

That’s for sure, Paul…. and everyone knows how hard it is to get a bargain out of Apple.

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