Apple Now Banning Potentially Competitive Apps From The iPhone
[Sept] 22, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've had this in my notes for a few days. I don't want to let it go by. Here's what happens when you give the manufacturer control over your hardware platform. Mechanisms, ostensibly in place to protect digital rights, are quickly employed to lock out the competition. Thus, for example, we see Apple rejecting a podcasting application that competes with iTunes. Here's more on this. Total: 234
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And another - 'Apple Zaps Another Competing iPhone App'

'Angelo DiNardi's MailWranger app for the iPhone has been denied entry to the App Store because it "duplicates the functionality" of the built-in Mail app. The reason is similar to why Podcaster was rejected and it makes even less sense.' [Comment] [Permalink]

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Apple is completely clueless. I have an iPhone, and I love the UI. But it's getting traded in for a gPhone later this month because of crap like this.

Here's another WTF? aspect of Appp Store: iPhone applications cannot be evaluated before you pay for them. You buy them sight unseen. Software has to have no decent FOSS equivalent for me to buy it, but buy without evaluation? Not a chance. [Comment] [Permalink]

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