Making the iTunes Agreement Understandable

Maybe you’ve seen the South Park episode where Kyle gets into trouble with Apple because he just clicked “agree” on the Terms of Service Ageement when upgrading his iTunes software.  (Don’t bother looking for the clip online because apparently, it’s not licensed for Canada.  You bastards!)

I’ve never read Apple’s TOS.  Have you?  (I’m not talking to you, Butters.)  The thing goes on for literally dozens of pages.

That’s why I appreciate the work of Gregg Bernstein.  When it came time for his master’s thesis at the Savannah College of Art and Design, he took the 4,137 words in the iTunes license agreement and made it something a little more–well, Apple-like in terms of its design and usability.  Very, very clever.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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