With jailbreak being a sensitive topic for Apple and Apple iDevice and iTunes Store users, Apple made a move in censoring the word from its iTunes Store last week, but was quick in resolving the issue, allowing word once again.
Among those affected was Thin Lizzy, an Irish rock band with a song “Jailbreak”. Gossip, another band with a song titled “Jailbreak” was also affected, along with Sonic Syndicate, another group with a song with the same title.
As a practice, jailbreaking is NOT illegal, but since it allows for pirated software use and access, the term is linked with piracy, which is illegal with sanctions based on various rules and laws depending on where the pirate act takes place.
With jailbreaking, iDevice users would void warranties, since the act allows for the installation of customized non-sanctioned Apple apps, which could compromise the performance and overall condition of a given Apple mobile.
It remains to be a popular practice among iDevice users and developers, even inspiring its own App Store version, called Cydia. Reportedly, a number of the apps featured in Cydia are not in compliance with Apple’s Developer Agreement terms, with apps which come with custom tweaks and retakes over user interfaces and themes, and more.
The whole Apple censoring the word jailbreak is linked with the brand’s dislike for the practice, since it compromises the integrity of their products’ systems. Reports also suggest that Apple realized it was too earnest in censoring the word, without thinking of who else out there would be affected, thus its move to allow it in iTunes Store once again.