By now you’re probably already using Apple media services, but do you know what you agreed to when you signed up? Odds are that like most of us, you didn’t take the time to read the end user license agreement (EULA). They tend to be boring and full of legal jargon, so we get it. But we thought you should still know what you’ve agreed to, so we’ve outlined it below.

Getting Started with Apple media services

Understand the requirements:

  • Only those 13 years or older may create an Apple ID (the account used across all of their services).
  • This ID is required to use Apple media services and to access your content.
  • You are responsible for keeping your ID secure.
  • You’re also responsible for any losses arising from the unauthorized use of your Apple ID.

Did you know?

  • It’s always a good idea to regularly back up your content, especially since Apple isn’t responsible for your lost or deleted data.
  • Your Apple ID may be used on 10 devices (5 of which may be computers) at a time.
  • If you use Apple media services on a non-Apple device, you may not have access to all features or content type.
  • Family sharing allows you to share eligible content with up to six (6) family members.
  • The family sharing organizer must be over 18 years old and the parent or legal guardian of anyone under the age of 13. The organizer is also the one who pays for all transactions made by family members.
  • If you believe you Apple ID has been compromised you can contact Apple for help.
  • You hereby grant Apple the right to take steps Apple believes are reasonably necessary or appropriate to enforce and/or verify compliance with any part of their agreement.

Data Collection

Apple just loves data, your data to be exact. They want access to it all, and they expect you to give it to them. Their agreement requires you to let them “collect and use technical data and related information.”

This includes (but isn’t limited to) technical information about your:

  • device
  • system
  • application software
  • peripherals

They claim that they gather this data to market to you and provide support for their products. You’re also agreeing that they may use your information to improve their products and services. They promise in return that you won’t be personally identifiable.

Data Disclosure

If you click “agree” on the EULA, you give Apple media services the right to provide your data to:

  • law enforcement authorities
  • government officials
  • a third party (a.k.a. someone that isn’t you or them)

Now that you know what permissions you’re handing over, are you sure you still want to use their services?

You can learn about other social media end user license agreements, too. Click on for EULA information on Twitter, YouTube, or Instagram.