If you want to see the more shrill side of Mac fandom, look no further than IGM: Microsoft to Release iTunes Spyware.
Microsoft will reportedly introduce what The Inquirer aptly labels ‘volish’ spyware which will scan iTunes libraries and add songs purchased from the iTMS to their Microsoft (presumably URGE) account, engadget reports.
The difference? The tracks will be in .wma format. But their [sic] free. For now.
That’s the bait.
I couldn’t initially find the Inquirer’s story, because IGM doesn’t link to it: it links, instead, to itself – which is a nice way of boosting your page views. Once I did find it (here) I found it was a report on comments over at MacDailyNews. The Inquirer, in fact, doesn’t refer to the plan as "spyware", which is the impression you’d get from the above.
MS hope to get you to latch onto their new music service by reeling you in by duplicating the tracks you already own. By definition, this is spyware, pure and simple.
Well, no, it’s not. According to Wikipedia:
Spyware refers to a broad category of malicious software designed to intercept or take partial control of a computer‘s operation without the informed consent of that machine’s owner or legitimate user.
I simply can’t see how what MS is reported to be doing fits in to that category. So, in other words, IGN is simply doing what it often accuses others of doing: spreading FUD. If you want accurate reporting, IGN is obviously NOT the place to go.