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Podcasting app rejected from App Store

updated 04:20 pm EDT, Tue September 16, 2008

Podcasting app rejected

Another app has been rejected with controversy from iTunes' App Store. Podcaster, an app which lets users stream and subscribe to podcasts away from their desktop, has allegedly been barred from sale because it "duplicates the functionality" of the podcast utilities in iTunes. The app's developer has complained publicly, noting that numerous apps replicate the functionality of Apple software, including aspects of podcasting.

The developer further claims that Apple has no legal provision against imitating desktop software with a mobile app, and says he has asked the company for advice on securing an approval. He has meanwhile taken to selling the software directly, charging $10 for users willing to supply their UDID number.

Apple has received considerable flak for its choices in removing or denying apps, such as the BoxOffice movie utility (re-released as Now Playing), and the NetShare tethering tool. In some cases, the reasons for removal have criticized as arbitrary.




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  1. macnixer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    There is one glitch

    with this app. While Apple addresses the issue as "duplicates the functionality of iTunes" the other issue that is not highlighted based on the functionality of Podcaster - allows you to download or stream podcasts when away from a computer. This may be a bandwidth hog and ATT / other phone companies may not like that. I agree that the YouTube app is also a bandwidth hog but it has been 'approved'.

    I fully agree that Apple or any phone company should not be the one to decide what applications I want on my phone as long as it does not perform illegal actions by way of general law. What if an application allowed me to modify Word or Excel files? Will Apple stop it if it is not from MS?

    I want to have a better ssh client like the Terminal App. I want Cycorder. I want to install any application that can improve my experience on the phone. Right now the only option is to Jailbreak the phone. Weighing the options of jail breaking and losing your valuable support, I don't want to do it. But eventually would. I like to use Apple products primarily because of the experience and if Apple prevents me from getting what I want then we have a problem here.

    Where are the round pegs in square hole. Where is the creativity. Is Steve the new Idi Amin? I hope not. The dictator of Zimbabwe was as much a charmer as Steve is and he was evil. Please Apple wake up and don't create a underground parallel economy. Let the ideas flourish and propagate the beauty of iPhone.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Damnit Apple!

    Damnit, Apple, stop being a bunch of b****** and let us have the podcasting app. Believe it or not, it IS useful to download podcasts directly from the iPhone, and there's no reason we should have to wait until you guys get around to it!

  1. dennisuello

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Podcaster

    I've been wishing for such functionality ever since I got my iPhone. C'mon Apple!!!

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