Apple confirms MySpace ban in retail stores

A new Apple regulation states you can no longer access on any of the Macs on display in the 5th Avenue Apple Store in New York City. When an attempt is made to load MySpace's Web site, the Safari browser delayed and failed to load it. According to a statement from Apple: "nearly 2 million people visit Apple stores every week. We want to provide everyone a chance to test-drive a Mac, so we are no longer offering access to MySpace in our stores." The News Corporation-owned MySpace is the only site that has been blocked. Heavy MySpace use was simply getting in the way of business.

An Apple Store employee (who does not work in the Fifth Avenue store), confirmed this has been an ongoing problem: "MySpace is a big issue for the Apple stores because people come in, Photobooth themselves (using Macs' built-in webcams), then stick their picture up on their MySpace account and loiter at machines for hours. It is especially troublesome at the flagships and high-volume stores, and for a while there was no official word on how to deal with it."

News source: Crave

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