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Apple adds NIN app after criticism

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 09 May 2009 15:18 User comments (7)

Apple adds NIN app after criticism Earlier this week, Trent Reznor, front man for Nine Inch Nails, spoke out against the arbitrary Apple App Store approval process, after his application submission was rejected. I implore you to read the entire article here before continuing with this article: NIN iPhone application gets rejected.
Apple has now reversed the decision blocking the iPhone app however, following the intense criticism of the approval process that followed the move.

The app, NIN: Access, allows users to access streaming music and videos from the NIN homepage.

The app was blocked because it violated Section 3.3.12 from the iPhone SDK Agreement, which doesn't allow for objectionable and vulgar content. The song "The Downward Spiral," which was available for streaming, has many curses in its lyrics.

"Thanks Apple for the clear description of the problem - as in, what do you want us to change to get past your stupid... standards?" Reznor wrote in his rant.

Apple did not explain the new decision, adding: "It's not something we comment on."

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7 user comments

19.5.2009 22:01

FANTASTIC!!

29.5.2009 22:13

This whole thing reeks of publicity stunt to me.

39.5.2009 22:53

Originally posted by djshelter:
This whole thing reeks of publicity stunt to me.
It reeks more of mismanagement...

410.5.2009 11:03

What about all the dev's who arn't famous who get their apps blocked? Do they just sit knowing they've wasted god knowes how much time and effort?

511.5.2009 5:12

Originally posted by keith1993:
What about all the dev's who arn't famous who get their apps blocked? Do they just sit knowing they've wasted god knowes how much time and effort?
Yes, this is the problem with all proprietary operating systems. Can't wait till there is a good android phone...

612.5.2009 11:56

Quote:
Originally posted by keith1993:
What about all the dev's who arn't famous who get their apps blocked? Do they just sit knowing they've wasted god knowes how much time and effort?
Yes, this is the problem with all proprietary operating systems. Can't wait till there is a good android phone...
Technically it's not a proprietry operating system problem - I have no issues developing applications to sell on Windows or OSX, and they don't need to be submitted to apple or microsoft to be installed either... this has more to do with an application-shop-monopoly issue... Apple should be forced to allow third-party application installers (or appstores) for their phone, or they should give clearer initial guidelines and in-depth reasons for denial to the developers.

I'm actually really surprised the EU hasn't begun to sink their teeth (as tiny as they are) into Apple for their anti-competitive behaviour... MS get raped over bundling IE with windows for free and not blocking applications in windows if the user decides to install it, but Apple force all developers to pay them for the priviledge of being denied their application... with no 3rd party option... also denying applications that replicate functionality that's already on the phone from them... crazy.

Also, last I heard (a while ago admittedly) Android was open source (so not so closed)... but Google are still denying application submissions to their appstore based on nothing more than networks not wanting their users to use the "unlimited data" tariffs they are paying for... they are all as bad as each other! sigh

716.5.2009 2:20

Seriously? Man i hate all things apple. Macs Suck. I Pods are lame. They're worried about obscene words then what about 15 year olds sending each other naked pictures? Oh wait. You can't LOL! Guess i'll still with my old phone that can play music and send pictures and videos.... Damn. What a harsh and unforgiving world.

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