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iTunes Porn: Apple's Launch Of Russian iTunes Apparently Littered With Unexpected Pornography

12/05/2012 04:23 pm ET

That version of iTunes that was just released in Russia? It was apparently made to run on OS XXX.

Earlier this week, Apple announced that it was launching its iTunes software and storefront in over 50 new countries, including Turkey, India and South Africa; and while the launch appears to have gone off without a hitch in most of those locations, the situation is a bit more prickly in Russia, where many early downloaders are reporting that the new iTunes is overrun with explicit pornography in unexpected places.

You can check out NSFW screenshots of the Russian iTunes here and here and here.

iTunes, of course, is not supposed to feature porn, which is what makes the presence of naked women and profane language so surprising. First reported by the Russian Apple blog iPhones.ru, some kind of glitch is causing iTunes Russia to display all manners of erotic material on a section of the site titled "More Films in Different Languages." iPhones.ru claims that the problem is due to Apple developers using the placeholder website "Xxx.xxx" for certain sections of the code and forgetting to update the placeholder to a real website for the final product.

"Xxx.xxx" is apparently a real pornographic website, which this reporter was able to confirm. We've also reached out to Apple PR for comment, though they have yet to respond to our request. Perhaps they are busy surfing Russian iTunes.

(Actually, per Cult Of Mac, the Russian version of iTunes is currently down for maintenance, much to the chagrin, I'm sure, of Russian teenagers across the country).

In America, meanwhile, the stalwart iTunes suite was recently updated to Version 11, which features a slick redesign, speed improvements and several new features -- none of which, alas, features free pornography.

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