Re: This could be interesting
The guy writing the court summary can if you read the PDF:
"These factual allegations are corroborated by publicly-available evidence.
For instance, as shown in the screenshot below, the Personal Listening Information of
18,188,721 “iTunes and Pandora Music Purchasers,” residing across the United States
(including in Michigan and Rhode Island), is offered for sale on the website of Carney
Direct Marketing (“CDM”) – one of many traffickers of this type of Personal Listening
Information – at a base price of “$80/M [per thousand records]” (8 cents each): "
"SRDS, another list brokerage company, offers for sale the same or a
similar list as the one sold by CDM, at the same price, and additionally offers a finder’s
fee to brokers who are able to find purchasers of this Personal Listening Information
(offering “20% commission to brokers” and “15% commission to agencies”), as shown
in the screenshot below of a publicly-accessible webpage on SRDS’s website:"
And it doesn't matter if Apple *weren't given* your age, income, education, etc. - they correlate it from all kinds of other sources and link it against your iTunes account once they've identified you. Think "buy the same kind of data from Facebook, Google advertising, etc. and then correlate the IPs":
"First, Apple discloses its customers’ Personal Listening Information,
identifying the names and addresses of its customers and the particular genres of music
they have purchased from its iTunes Store, to data aggregators, data miners, data
brokers, data appenders, and other third parties, who then supplement that information
with additional sensitive personal information about each of Apple customers,
including their age, gender, purchasing habits, education, household income, and
(when applicable) the number, age, and gender of the subscriber’s children. "