Apple Censors Thin Lizzy’s ‘Jailbreak’ In iTunes

Posted by on May 17, 2012

So, do you think Apple is a little nervous about people jailbreaking iPhones so they can download non Apple-sanctioned apps? If it wasn’t obvious before, it is now. Tech blog Gizmodo (by way of Shoutpedia) found out that the deluxe edition of Thin Lizzy’s classic 1976 album Jailbreak is called J*******k. While the album title and the song are edited, the description of the album leaves it uncensored. Also, it’s only on the deluxe version, which came out in 2010: if you purchase the regular version, you can still read the song and album title in its uncensored glory.

But it’s not just Thin Lizzy- there are other instances of the word “jailbreak” that are censored. According to Shoutpedia, it’s not just limited to music, and also includes apps, podcast episodes, iTunes U episodes and even books. We can understand to a degree why Apple might not want people poking around in their iOS, and if you jailbreak your iPhone, you void the warranty. Still though, it seems a little ridiculous that they’re going this far.

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