These are not star ratings

About a year and a half ago, I noted with some amusement that the Kelly Clarkson single of the moment was listed in the iTunes Store as “My Life Would S**k Without You.”

Since then, other people have noticed this s**ky Apple practice. WFMU’s Benjamen Walker does a podcast called Too Much Information; one episode title, derived from a passage in Acts 9, was rendered in iTunes as “Kicking Against the P***ks.”

Similarly, WNYC’s Radiolab series, which looks into scientific phenomena, got into Asterisk City when they did a show about s***m, which when I was younger were referred to as “s***matozoa.”

Since neither of these is particularly offensive to normal people, by which I mean “people who don’t work for Steve Jobs,” I conclude that Apple is simply being p***llanimous.


  1. Rob »

    7 June 2010 · 3:13 pm

    I’m looking on the bright side here in thinking that it’s unwanted search engine inquiries that they are trying to avoid and not an FCC crackdown on morality.
    But maybe I’m a Pollyanna.

  2. CGHill »

    7 June 2010 · 3:39 pm

    That scenario would make more sense if you could actually search the iTunes Store from outside iTunes.

    As for the FCC, well, Apple expects you to come up with some sort of payment card to buy stuff, which implies (without actually demanding) some semblance of adulthood.

    On the upside, we can use a few more Pollyannas here and there to offset the I-am-cynical-because-it’s-cool crowd.

  3. ak4mc »

    7 June 2010 · 3:48 pm

    The time is fast approaching when the word for those little star thingies will be rendered **terisk.

  4. CGHill »

    7 June 2010 · 3:52 pm

    I’m waiting for some latter-day Patrick Henry to declaim: “I have but one * for my country!”

  5. mysterian1729 »

    7 June 2010 · 8:55 pm

    s***m is ~s***matozoa
    they are quite different.

  6. CGHill »

    7 June 2010 · 9:03 pm

    Shows you how dumb I was when I was a kid (or how dumb I am now, take your pick).

  7. Baby M »

    8 June 2010 · 4:33 pm

    I remember an exchange from a David Gerrold novel:

    “You have an asterisk.”

    “yes, I’m sitting on it.”

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