Readers, as well as our own testing, have confirmed that iTunes 8 fixes the lock-out issue that prevented many users from access their iTunes Store purchased content. This unaccepable issue blocked access to iTunes Store content, repeatedly demanding the user enter their password. As we previously reported, workaround simply could not fix the problem, isolated to iTunes 7.7.1.
Considering that the outage lasted about a month, we suggest that you contact iTunes Customer Service if you were affected, and request a $20 or 20 song credit. That is the fair-market price for a monthly music store subscription.
Finally, Windows users have complained that iTunes 7.7 added MobileMe software to their systems, even if they did not subscribe to the MobileMe service. Upon updating to iTunes 8.0, you can now go to Add/Remove Programs (or Programs and Features in Windows Vista), and independently uninstall MobileMe. It is listed as the “MobileMe Control Panel” inside of Add/Remove Programs.