I heard that when you rip an Audio CD to MP3 with iTunes it hides your email address (or some other identifying information) in the MP3. Is this true?
Is there any way to remove this identifying information?
I've seen reference to various iTunes Data Anonymizer applications. This should be a reasonably comprehensive list of where you should and shouldn't be worried.
Did I miss a means in which data may become "available" into iTunes?
@Jaso @mankoff Just quickly, a few points on that answer (since I don't have enough points to comment just yet)...
iTunes Plus (all that you can buy now) isn't mp3 at all. It's AAC. It might not be DRM'd any more, but it does seem to have a checksum, so you can't simply open the file, find ASCII, and start editing. I've got both my account's name (eg,
Mp3s purchased from Amazon have a tag that says stuff like
Now things you rip with iTunes seem to be clean, at least if you rip to mp3. I'll take a look at the AACs that are produced when I have a music CD handy.
So to sum: Stuff you rip: Likely free of any identifying marks.
Stuff you buy from Amazon: Minimal identifying marks. Probably nothing you can't edit easily.
Stuff you buy from iTunes Music Store: Identifying remarks (your account name (likely an email) and the name they have on file for that account) that can't be removed straight-forwardly, assumedly from checksums against the file that are run when AAC files are played.
IANAL. Consult one before you believe anything written here in any legally binding way.
Two separate questions. For the first, "Is my name encoded in the file", you shouldn't trust the ID3 tag, as perhaps it is encoded elsewhere.
In the Terminal, if you run the
If you are not Terminal-savvy
A lot will scroll by. Perhaps after the path to the file appears, but before pressing enter, add commands to make the output easier to scan like