Apple Starts Censoring The Word Jailbreak In iTunes (Even In Songs!)

Apple Starts Censoring The Word Jailbreak In iTunes (Even In Songs!)

Is Apple taking its battle against jailbreaking a little too far?

I can imagine that the reaction you get from mentioning the word “jailbreak” within the Apple camp in Cupertino is almost identical to that you get when mentioning the word “bomb” on an airplane. In fact, Apple hates the word so much that it considers it an expletive, and it’s now filtering it from the iTunes Store.

The filter was spotted this morning in the United States store by iOS hacker Planetbeing, and it appears to apply to everything Apple sells through iTunes — including apps, music, TV shows, movies, podcasts, and books. Not every mention of “jailbreak” is censored at this point, but the vast majority of them are.

As things stand, the filter is only being applied to the U.S. store, and those in other countries can still enjoy the word in all its glory, with all nine letters still intact.

It’s unclear whether Apple actually intended to filter this word, or whether it was simply a mistake. I guess we’ll find out over the course of the next few days.

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  • ken147

    wow what a load of j*******king bull s**t.

  • InternDom

    yeah they’ve actually been doing that for quite some time now.

  • Benjamin Traub

    the J*******K 101 tumblr is gone too….

  • Bobby Autrey

    I doubt this is on purpose. Something is jacked up or it’d be censored across the board. 

  • InternDom

    I doubt this is on purpose. Something is jacked up or it’d be censored across the board. 

    Well of course it’s happening all across the board. They mentioned it on a CultCast post back in April. I’ve seen it a few times before. This is the CultCast article it was mentioned on. It’s nothing new, I was surprised they covered it again here. http://www.cultofmac.com/161963/ipad-mini-rumors-screen-problems-and-the-jailbreak-breakdown-on-this-weeks-cultcast/

  • Tallest_Skil

    Well of course it’s happening all across the board.

    Ah, then I’m just IMAGINING the ability to see the word “jailbreak” on that image there. You know. Right at the top.

  • BurningForward

    Pretty douchey move. Maybe they should just let people fucking do it and not bitch and whine. Besides, all of the best features in iOS come out of the jailbreak scene anyways. Like the App Store, Notifications, Volume Camera Buttons. Just because they think everyone that uses their products are so retarded that they can’t handle some tweaks doesn’t mean that they should try to destroy it.

    I mean I’ve been a huge fan of the platform since the first iPod Touch but every single device have been jailbroken. Why? Because I like to tweak and I fucking own it so I can do what i want. Once we’ve exchanged cash for product it’s mine and I will do what I want with it. The court verdict was right in that respect.

    I love apple but the Big Brother aspect of them thinking they always know whats best for their customers is really starting to grate on me.

  • Flyphoenix

    Aww who cares people are still gonna jailbreak.

  • technochick

    According to my sources, this was part of a computer system that automatically runs on all content in the store and reps are already reviewing the instance logs to correct those that were false hits such as songs and tv show eps. Some of those corrections are already in place in the item records and when the indexes are refreshed those search result pages will be fixed as well. 

    So basically this is really nothing to see. Not that the page whoring blogs and websites will care because it will get them hits
  • technochick

    Pretty douchey move. Maybe they should just let people fucking do it and not bitch and whine.

    Apple can’t really stop folks from doing it but that doesn’t mean they have to condone it or assist in it by allowing those materials in their stores. 

    As for those ‘best features’ sure there are a few, but most of the tweaks I’ve seen are worthless stunt games like making your app icons twirl around etc. I for one am not going to risk screwing up my software over nonsense like that and given how dumb some iPhone users are I’m thankful that Apple isn’t promoting such ‘hacking’ in their own stores. Nor are they supporting it by giving tech support to those that do it. Both cases would be seen as Apple putting their approval on it and they would have people coming in to have the limited tech staff help them put twirling icons or whatever on their phones. And then coming back to Apple when it turns out that there was something flawed in that tweak and their phones don’t work. 
  • technochick
    his is the CultCast article it was mentioned on. It’s nothing new, I was surprised they covered it again here. http://www.cultofmac.com/161963/ipad-mini-rumors-screen-problems-and-the-jailbreak-breakdown-on-this-weeks-cultcast/

    That was a podcast about jail breaking so it makes sense it was ‘censored’ 

    this is something new because this time it doesn’t matter the context of the word, they were all marked by the system. Which as I said was apparently automated and is being corrected as we speak
  • InternDom
    Well of course it’s happening all across the board.

    Ah, then I’m just IMAGINING the ability to see the word “jailbreak” on that image there. You know. Right at the top.

    I can assure you this isn’t by accident though

  • InternDom
    his is the CultCast article it was mentioned on. It’s nothing new, I was surprised they covered it again here. http://www.cultofmac.com/161963/ipad-mini-rumors-screen-problems-and-the-jailbreak-breakdown-on-this-weeks-cultcast/

    That was a podcast about jail breaking so it makes sense it was ‘censored’ 

    this is something new because this time it doesn’t matter the context of the word, they were all marked by the system. Which as I said was apparently automated and is being corrected as we speak

    Oh your from Apple?

  • InternDom

    how about we all just come up with a codeword for jailbreak now and submit everything through iTunes that way… seems easier. We’ll just call it “snailbreak” or something haha

  • Tallest_Skil

    This was an error. It is fixed. Nothing to see.

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