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.