After banning the word “jailbreak” from its app store and music library, Apple today reversed course and again permits the term – slang for hacking into a device to download unauthorized content — to appear on iTunes and its App Store.
On Thursday bloggers noticed Apple had censored the word, using the Thin Lizzy album “Jailbreak” as an example. For awhile, the title was listed as “J******k” in Apple’s music library, at least its U.S. version. In other instances, digital content continued to bear the full name Jailbreak.
This made some wary of one theory that the word ban was a programming mistake and not intentional. Apple doesn’t allow users to download digital content from third-party marketplaces like Cydia and Icy. Jailbreaks, which are legal, also can allow iPhone owners to use another telecom service provider and, in general, gain deeper control of the device.
In addition to Thin Lizzy, others bands with once-censored song titles included Gossip and Sonic Syndicated. Also, a “Roy Rogers Show” episode from the 1950s and an episode from MTV’s “The Real World” were stripped of the word.