Apple has just taken its cat-and-mouse game with the jailbreak community to the next level as the company’s US iTunes Store began censoring all occurrences of the term ‘jailbreak’ across all content categories.

Apps, podcast episodes, music albums, television shows, movies – even e-book titles – everything is being affected with these store-wide policy change…

UPDATE: Musclenerd tweeted that Apple began uncensoring the term ‘jailbreak’ for iTunes songs and ringtones. The Next Web speculated that “an error” in  the iTunes ratings system caused the word ‘jailbreak’ to get added to a general ratings list. Some of the previously censored songs were fixed for me at the time of this update, but not all. We’ll update the story as soon as we find out more information.

iPhone hacker Musclenerd first spotted (via Shoutpedia) censoring on the US iTunes Store.

Go ahead, give it a try.

Launch iTunes, click iTunes Store in the left-hand Store section and enter ‘jailbreak’ into the search field sitting in the upper right part of the store window.

You’ll notice that all occurrences of the term ‘jailbreak’ in search results have been replaced with ‘j*******k’.

All store categories are being affected, from apps and music to podcast episodes, e-books and iTunes U content.

Also, this.

Yes, the iBookstore is also filtering the term in titles of electronic books, even if they don’t cover jailbreaking at all.

I mean, what’s the Irish war for independence got to do with jailbreaking?

Plus, it ain’t like the term ‘jailbreak’ is an expletive or something.

I couldn’t spot the filtering in any other iTunes Store other than the United States but these things take a while to propagate so don’t count on it.

Feel free to report down in comments if you notice the censoring in your regional iTunes Store.

What do you think, has Apple taken its fight against jailbreakers a little too far?

  • I see it in the UK store

  • Anonymous

    Seems petty IMO, but Apple customers seem to like the ‘walled garden’ approach, so I guess you have to take the good with the bad.

  • lol as if that will stop people jailbreaking

  • pretty stupid thing to do imo

  • Anonymous

    Wow this is a new low for Apple. They’re acting like the Germans in 1940..

  • It will probably just confuse people. “A 9-word swear word that starts with J and ends with K? Huh?”

  • Dom

    They’ve been doing this for quite some time. No new news

  • Anonymous

    Talk abut a stupid. The first thing people will do when they see its censored will Google to find out why, which will lead them straight to information about how to jailbreak their devices! Censorship of any kind always backfires.

  • Anonymous

    They’re pathetic tbh, they must realise that if they ever did manage to stop jailbreaking, they’d lose so many customers who only persist with Apple products because they can jailbreak it. If it was a choice of a jdifferent Phone or Apple’s Nazi style control and lack of any features or customisation then i’d switch straight to Android or Windows because fuck Apple’s consistent lack of anything in the way of theming … I know some of you will say it’s good as it is bla bla bla, i’m glad for you but there are millions of iDevice users that hate the boring, stale Green and Grey look Apple are still pushing … I wouldn’t mind if it was a pleasing UI but it really is as dull and boring as most of the fanboy nerds that own an iDevice.

    • Yeah i agree too i will also ditch my iphone and ipad if apple stops jailbreaking somehow (but thats impossible for apple :D)

      I will switch to android

      • Anonymous

        Says the person with “Apple” in her Twitter username.

      • Yea so what i love and like apple until their is a jailbreak for i devices 😀

    • The UI is just so ugly!!!!! You’d think with all the galaxy wallpapers and silver UI macs have they’d have a nice UI but no, let’s use the ugly blue-white and black-white UI because it’s beautiful they say.

    • I will ditch apple products once jailbreaking is gone

      • y i will use stock ios

      • im a pretty big iFan (iPhone 4/iPad) but i seriously dont like Stock iOS, i really dont think id own an iPhone if i couldnt jailbreak it. Lockinfo and Springtomize 2 alone keep me coming back for jailbreaks.

    • Anonymous

      Nazi style? For controlling their brand? You’re an idiot, as is anyone else who draws that mind bogglingly stupid analogy, which seems to be common among this site’s readership.

  • KewlDewd

    I fail to see the point. We know apple doesn’t like people jailbreaking iDevices. How does this in any way deter jailbreaking. I can’t imagine a scenario like this:

    Guy thinking of jailbreaking: “Well, the word jailbreak is censored in the iTunes store, I guess I better not jailbreak my iphone.” ??? Right.

  • Anonymous

    It’s stupid, sad, pathetic, and petty.

    Go J*******k yourself, Apple.

    Next they’ll censor the word ‘android’.

  • Oh thank god it was nothing seriously, I would get shocked if ITunes stopped syncing with my jailbroken iPhone xD
    Apple, your products are great, but with jailbreak, they are more than supreme! This, won’t stop us jailbreaking 🙂

  • mordechai eliyahu

    now thats just f*****ked up

  • The only thing that is missing is a big Firewall protecting USA from all bad thing on the internet. Or maybe even better one that protect the rest of the world from the USA.

  • Anonymous

    What exactly does this do? You’re still able to search for the term, they just mask the word. Is there even anything jailbreak releated in the app store?

  • Jonathan Schober

    PLEASE… PLEASE tell me thats a glitch!

  • I guess Jobs would never approve this.

  • Fucking pointless…they just being GAY

  • i noticed that 3 month ago o_O

  • i noticed that 3 month ago o_O

  • In the German iTunes Store it is uncensored.

  • By censoring it all Apple have done is highlight it..

  • what will this achieve? :L

  • Anonymous

    Update Christian Zibreg, it changed back. Jailbreak is no longer censored. It was stupid to happen in the first place, but at least it’s back to normal now.

  • That doesn’t make sense..

  • If you censor it out. Everyone will get curious and try to find what it is and end up jailbreaking…

  • Anonymous

    This was very silly; jailbreak just mean “Break out of the jail.” No reason for that word to get censored, just like the word “Hack”

  • I see no censorship on anything in the US iTunes Store.

  • Anonymous

    The word is currently not censored at all on the US App Store.