Apple “clarifies” their rental conditions

Apple’s updated their terms and conditions to include the words “Content Rental” where movies was previously. Their notice specifies that they have “clarified that content rented on certain devices may not be moved to other devices.” That doesn’t really say too much about what’s changed or what it means for people renting “content” in the iTunes store, so we thought we’d dig into the Terms and Conditions and try to figure it out a little bit.

Here it is, broken down:

  1. Content rentals are viewable on only one device at a time.
  2. You must be connected to the Service when moving rentals, and you may do so only between your computer and other compatible devices.
  3. Content rented using your Apple TV, iPad, iPhone 4, or iPod touch (4th generation) may not be moved.

The third point is the most disturbing, and it’s pretty clear. You cannot rent any content on your Apple TV, iPad, iPhone 4, or iPod touch and use it on anything other than the device you rented it on.

What’s not mentioned at all is whether or not you’ll be able to stream the content via AirPlay in the future. According to the rental conditions, you’re just not allowed to move the files manually to another player.

So there you have it, no movie rental or television rental can be moved from one iDevice to another.  It seems like Apple’s only updated the US version of the conditions so far, but it’s likely only a matter of time before other countries see theirs updated as well.

Article Via MacObserver

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