Why aren't Apple's software updates more descriptive?

On Wednesday, Apple released an update to iTunes. As with most of Apple’s software updates, the release notes were, shall we say, terse:

iTunes 7.7.1 includes fixes to improve stability and performance.

Wow, thanks Apple. That tells me a lot.

Later, a post by Adam Engst on TidBITS detailed the changes—based on comments from an anonymous Apple employee on Apple’s discussion boards and posts by users who think they found some improvements and fixes since the update. Not exactly official information.

Why, Apple, why can’t you tell people what bugs you’re fixing in your software updates? I suppose telling users that you’re fixing problems means admitting that there were problems in the first place—something many companies, Apple definitely included, aren’t always in the habit of doing.

But Apple didn’t release an update to iTunes because it thought 7.7.1 sounded better than 7.7. There are problems with the current version of iTunes (as anyone with an iPhone or iPod touch and software from the App Store can attest to). So please, give us some useful information instead of the canned hostage statements that seems to accompany most updates. I hear blinking in Morse code or Semaphore can be quite effective if you're worried about giving away too much.

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