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    "Advertised as FREE, but the update nuked itsel..."

    February 16, 2010  |   By Kudrabar

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    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    AVOID, AVOID, AVOID.

    The developers of Pollux characterize themselves as "two college students who like clean music libraries." But, based on my experience with them, they are greedy, scamming nincompoops who think they've cooked up a great scam but really haven't a clue about what they've gotten themselves into. For over 4 months they marketed the first two versions (v. 1.1.7 & 1.1.8) of of this crappy software as FREEWARE that would "take the hassle of manually editing each song's information out of your hands," claiming that "It automatically finds and downloads the name, artist, album, album art, genre, year, and lyrics for all the songs you select, and constantly monitors your music library for newly added songs to always keep it clean." But after at least 9,000 consumers downloaded Pollux and entrusted their iTunes libraries to its fickle machinations because the developers' claimed in both their MacUpdate.com and VersionTracker.com advertisements that it was "automatic, fast, nonintrusive, and best of all, completely free," the developers of Pollux evidently saw a chance to CASH-IN by changing the terms of its trade from FREEWARE to $10 SHAREWARE.

    But, they did not inform those first 9,000 or so consumers that they were performing the old BAIT-AND-SWITCH. Instead, it appears the developers' strategy was to surreptitiously instruct the update mechanism of those 9,000+ freeware versions of Pollux to inform their owners via a popup dialog that there is now an update available for their (supposedly free) software which it could automatically download and install for them that would improve the software in all sorts of ways that were clearly explained, BUT IT SAID NOTHING ABOUT THE CHANGE FROM FREEWARE TO $10 SHAREWARE! So, most of us happily allowed Pollux's update mechanism to download and overwrite our freeware versions with the newer one because we thought we were getting another better and more effective free version of Pollux. That is how Pollux's greedy, scummy developers used BAD FAITH DECEIT to dupe thousands of people into unknowingly taking part in the destruction of their own legally acquired software and replacing it with a shareware version with an EXPIRED TRYOUT PERIOD in an obvious effort to take advantage of these people's new dependency on Pollux to leverage them into paying the shareware fee rather than do without the app!!

    I guess those downright homey-sounding clean-music-library-loving college students were not business majors, because if they were they would know that IT IS ILLEGAL TO BAIT-AND-SWITCH, AND TO FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE THE TERMS OF ANY CONTRACT WITHOUT MAKING A GOOD FAITH EFFORT TO INFORM THE OTHER PARTY ABOUT THOSE CHANGES -- ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE ACTUALLY TRYING TO DECEIVE THEM AND YOU THEN PENALIZE THEM BY TAKING AWAY THE PRODUCT'S FUNCTIONALITY!! IT IS CALLED "NEGOTIATING IN BAD FAITH," AND SUCH CASES NEVER EVEN MAKE IT TO A JURY BEFORE THE JUDGE IS REQUIRED TO RULE AUTOMATICALLY FOR THE PLAINTIFFS, INCLUDING THE COURT AND LEGAL FEES OF THE PLAINTIFFS. AND WHEN PREJUDICE IS EVIDENT IN THE DEFENDANT'S ACTIONS THE JUDGE USUALLY RECOMMENDS THAT CRIMINAL ACTION BE TAKEN AGAINST THEM.

    Just in case anyone doubts the deceitful intent of these clowns, before they get a chance to change it, take a look at their current VersionTracker.com post (above) about the new SHAREWARE version 1.2.11 of Pollux, just below its listed Price of $10 where it still says "It's automatic, fast, non-intrusive, and best of all, COMPLETELY FREE"!

    So, I not only advise people NOT TO TRY THIS CRAPWARE, I ALSO ASK VersionTracker's ADMINISTRATORS TO DUMP THIS JUNK FROM THEIR SERVICE for illegally and deceitfully changing the terms of its use without first informing the app's users before penalizing them by surreptitiously disabling the software they obtained based on bad faith assurances of the developers.

    Oh, and one more thing. As evidenced by comments below this and on Pollux's MacUpdate.com post, this crapware will seriously screwup your library if you have any live music in it.

    Let the class action lawsuit commence!

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