Apple knocks back Maza Digital’s Drivetrain

Posted: May 12, 2009 in science & technology
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The following Download Squad post provides just another example for Apple’s legalistic and moralistic guidelines that too often make the company reject iPhone applications submitted by developers, and it really irks me. Apple of course, as pointed out in this case again, does show double standards: while controlling iPhone applications, they do allow content to be downloaded via the phone’s Safari browser that should meet the same rejection criteria. The same goes for iPhone app content that apple considers too vulgar, immoral or violent: it has no qualms to sell worse at the iTunes music and film sections of its empire, which is not surprising considering that content brings in much more money – especially when it is controversial. Thus Apple’s attitude seems largely based on hypocrisy.

Once my 2-year mobile phone contract is up, these kind of  experiences will definitely make me evaluate other smartphone brands, hoping there will be enough alternatives around by then that will be as good or even better than the iPhone. And my chances should be good given that I’ll still have to wait for another 18 months.

maza dig drivetrainApple has done it again, this time wielding the ban hammer on Maza Digital’s Drivetrain, an iPhone app that allows a user to remotely control his or her Transmission downloads.

What gives, Apple? According to the notice sent to Maza, “This category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing third party rights. We have chosen to not publish this type of application to the App Store.”

That’s some pretty backwards thinking for a company that prides itself on modern, progressive products. Drivetrain is not a torrent client. On top of that, not even Transmission is to blame for what a user chooses to download.

I’m with Torrent Freak on this one – someone better tell Apple about WebUI and Clutch so they can start crippling Safari on our handsets.

I wonder if Apple is aware that some users use iTunes to sync music that has been obtained through illegal means?


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