Apple Shuts Off Loophole For Podcaster App Developer; He Switches Over To Android

from the pissing-off-developers dept

We noted that Apple had recently started banning any kind of competitive app from the iPhone App Store, saying that various iPhone developers must be eagerly awaiting the launch of Google-powered Android phones. And, indeed, that seems to be the case for the developer of the Podcaster app, who has announced that he'll now develop the app for Android phones instead. The final straw, apparently, was Apple closing the workaround he was using to get the Podcasting app to users -- and doing so with no communication or explanation whatsoever. Apple may believe it can get away with treating developers this way when there's no serious competition in the marketplace, but they may discover that pissing off your developer community has pretty long-term negative consequences when that competition actually arrives.


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    b (profile), Sep 23rd, 2008 @ 7:56pm

    Jailbroken iPhones and nice, open Androids. That's the future.

    Apple trying to control app developers is like Microsoft trying to control suck.

     

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    Trevlac, Sep 23rd, 2008 @ 8:04pm

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    DAMMIT! I laughed so hard I bit my lip.

     

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    Buzz, Sep 23rd, 2008 @ 8:22pm

    Hmmm

    I'm genuinely interested in coding for Android. I want an Android phone. :D

     

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    Tiger Style, Sep 23rd, 2008 @ 8:24pm

    Will the Androids be tested for Steroids?

     

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    Advyon, Sep 23rd, 2008 @ 8:30pm

    Seen this before?

    If my history is correct we've seen this before from Apple.

    Lets Review: Apple comes out with a superior product steals the show, lets no one program for it and wants to make all the profit from the applications, competitor comes to market with similar product and allows anyone to program for it, competitor gains 75% market share because it has a collection of better and cheaper apps.

    Wait for one year and let the Android Capable phones to come to market and give the programmers time to make some super cool apps for the Android phones, then sell your Apple stock.

     

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    Michael Long, Sep 23rd, 2008 @ 8:35pm

    competition

    "...but they may discover that pissing off your developer community has pretty long-term negative consequences when that competition actually arrives."

    Please let me know when that happens.

     

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    Erv Server, Sep 23rd, 2008 @ 8:41pm

    Apple

    Does this really surprise anyone? Apple's attitude lives!

     

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    Observer, Sep 23rd, 2008 @ 9:05pm

    Calm down

    Before we see more spasm responses, does anyone know what legal agreements with content providers Apple is suhject to with respect to spps that could defeat DRM control and open the door to piracy.

    Nothing in this post is intended to support DRM, but a contract is a contract as between Apple and commercial content suppiers to the iTunes store.

     

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    Observer, Sep 23rd, 2008 @ 9:05pm

    Calm down

    Before we see more spasm responses, does anyone know what legal agreements with content providers Apple is suhject to with respect to spps that could defeat DRM control and open the door to piracy.

    Nothing in this post is intended to support DRM, but a contract is a contract as between Apple and commercial content suppiers to the iTunes store.

     

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    Mike (profile), Sep 23rd, 2008 @ 9:13pm

    Re: Calm down

    Nothing in this post is intended to support DRM, but a contract is a contract as between Apple and commercial content suppiers to the iTunes store.

    The app in question has nothing to do with DRM or "commercial content suppliers." The app is a podcast downloading app, that allows freely offered up podcasts to be downloaded.

    What does DRM have to do with any of that?

     

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    eleete, Sep 23rd, 2008 @ 9:21pm

    Re: Calm down

    "does anyone know what legal agreements with content providers Apple is suhject to with respect to spps that could defeat DRM control and open the door to piracy."

    The 'legal' issues are at the heart of it all, listen to the 'spasm' responses. Clearly the majority believe open is better because of the 'legal agreements'.

     

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    IanK, Sep 23rd, 2008 @ 9:39pm

    Even Apple fanboys have a hard time defending Apple on this one. Apple is just wrong, plain and simple.

    If an application does not breach Apple's terms in the agreement, the application should be sold in the App store. These developers spend lots of time to create these products, and to make sure that they don't breach the stated agreement. If Apple wants to make up rules as it goes along, it's wrong. If the application was designed without breaching the rules, and gets rejected by Apple anyway, it's wrong.

    Imagine if the rules were the same on Apple computers. No Firefox......because Apple makes Safari. No photo applications like Adobe Lightroom because Apple makes iPhoto (and Aperture).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 23rd, 2008 @ 9:43pm

    Steve Jobs is a nazi when it comes to controlling his products, and while some see this as bad or unfair, the truth is it has lead to many great products and booming success. I wouldn't get your hopes up on the success of android yet, iphone has been a worldwide phenomenon that is going to be very difficult to come close to by another product.

     

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    Patrick, Sep 23rd, 2008 @ 9:55pm

    This is just a boneheaded move. Apple already annoyed developers with the requirement to sign an NDA, killing any chance of a dev community, and now this. I really wonder what is going through Steve's head. This wouldn't be acceptable behavior with Mac OS, why do they think it's less egregious on the iPhone?

     

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    GeneralEmergency (profile), Sep 23rd, 2008 @ 10:04pm

    Re: Calm down

    Mike's comments aside, I think you are ENTIRELY missing the point.

    As a consumer, I couldn't flippin' care less about any computer manufacturer's contracts for any of their side businesses. I buy COMPUTING HARDWARE and I DEMAND it run the software that I CHOOSE. You need to STOP THINKING that devices like the iPhone are somehow in some magical special class of product that does not have to play by the rules of the market place for general purpose, network attached computing devices. If Apple were to impose the same software functionality restrictions it has on the iPhone to their line of desktop or notebook products, their customer base would rightly revolt.

    Smart handset makers...I AM YOUR CUSTOMER, not the mobile network operators. Design me in maximum capability and speed for my dollar with an open software architecture and the iPhone's "Golden Formfactor" and you will be handsomely rewarded with my loyalty.

    Mobile Networks Operators...Please try to understand this before one of us dies. YOU SUCK AT COMPUTER AND SOFTWARE DESIGN and UNDERSTANDING the NEEDS of your CUSTOMERS. You are quite simply no god-damned good at it and you foul up every product you take a hand in. Please, please have the wisdom to focus your energies on building standards based, higher and higher speed networks and providing access to them using the DEVICE OF MY CHOICE. Provide decent coverage at a reasonable price and you will prosper.

    OK...I've calmed down now.

     

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    Dude, Sep 23rd, 2008 @ 10:44pm

    Re: Calm down

    Ok, so why doesn't Apple just say that and squash the hate?

     

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    Dude, Sep 23rd, 2008 @ 10:47pm

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    Amen!

     

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    Warning from history, Sep 24th, 2008 @ 1:22am

    Atari

    One very large player in an emerging market pissing developers off? Sounds familiar. Compare with the death of Atari around late 1982 and the birth of Activision.

    Those that ignore history, etc...

     

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    Griffon, Sep 24th, 2008 @ 1:24am

    history

    Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.One of the reasons apple lost the PC war back in round one was they treated developers like shit (especially game developers). I wish my iPhone was more open, I wish Ma Bell and papa Apple would stop the control freaking, but eventually market forces will prevail, probable long before they wise up and learn their lessons. I don't know why they don't get it. You don't have to be transparent but not having reasonable communication flow with your 3rd party devs is just nuts.

     

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    Bob Weiss, Sep 24th, 2008 @ 4:05am

    Apple - Here we go again

    Isn't this attitude the reason nothing is ever developed for the Mac? I seem to remember Apple being too restrictive and controlling way back in the day when the PC and Apple markets were closer to even - and it cost them the chance of ever taking the lead. And so it goes.

     

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    rebrad, Sep 24th, 2008 @ 5:25am

    Android Apps

    Looks like there is going to be a wide range of diverse apps for Android that the consumer can actually decide which one is the best. That's a big issue to me on deciding what smart phone to buy. I would think developers would feel the same way unless they've kissed Steve Jobs ring and received his blessing.

     

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    John Doe, Sep 24th, 2008 @ 5:40am

    I love how the Microsoft bashers jumped on the Apple bandwagon as the great savior of computing. Now that Apple has some clout in the marketplace, they are seeing that Apple is no different. Could it be that power corrupts?

     

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    Rubberman, Sep 24th, 2008 @ 8:00am

    Illegal restraint of trade?

    It seems to me that for a virtual monopoly such as Apple has with the iPhone, to block "competing" applications such as this is an illegal restraint of trade, and should be vigorously investigated and, if appropriate, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. IMHO, Apple is doing nothing short of corporate suicide...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 24th, 2008 @ 8:24am

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    Could it be that power corrupts?

    Absolutely.

     

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    Hoeppner, Sep 24th, 2008 @ 10:37am

    If the developer industry could become collectively pissed off we'd see a few different IT unions. But we obviously don't see these unions or anything very similar.

     

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    Erik, Sep 24th, 2008 @ 11:59am

    I'm hoping that Apple pays attention to these discussions across the internet and realizes that they are playing a losing hand by being so cavalier with developers. You can't have a thriving community without all the parts involved and that means not pissing off developers by capricious censorship. I'm still pissed about NetShare being pulled. I love my iPhone but I am starting to get annoyed with Papa Apple telling me what I can do with it all the time. Apple, if you want to lock down my phone then give me a real compelling reason why this is in my best interests. Until then you just keep coming off like the wankers in Redmond.

     

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    Derek Kerton (profile), Sep 24th, 2008 @ 12:44pm

    Odd Choice of Android

    Strikes me as odd that the developer in question packed up his code, and said he's going to Android. Android has one phone model, and what, 10,000 phones in the market? That's not exactly a wide addressable customer base!

    It seems to me that a much better choice would be to code for WinMo, RIM, or Symbian at this point, and put Android at the back of the priority line.

    Whether Android rocks or not is not the point. Addressable market is.

     

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    KenD, Sep 24th, 2008 @ 3:49pm

    Re: Odd Choice of Android

    you're missing a couple key points:
    1) Many of HTC's current and future phone models can run Android - we're just waiting for a public released ROM to flash onto our phones
    2) Google has a pretty good rep with developers - many developers will code apps for Android simply because it isn't MSFT and Apple won't let 'em ...

     

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    Kappen, Sep 25th, 2008 @ 6:11am

    Android will have the same basic issue as windows when competing against the Iphone. Since its a open spec with multiple hardware vendors software developers won't be able to count on the fact that every phone out there will have the exact same feature complicating the development process and confusing the user base. Since a Iphone is an Iphone a developer can develop an application and for the most part be assured it will work with all Iphones and users buying the application will know that if its in the app store it will work on their phone.

     

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    Steve, Sep 26th, 2008 @ 3:53pm

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    So what you're saying is that people will actually have to know how to use and manage their devices. God forbid. Guess that excludes the Mac zealots who think computers should work like toasters only less complicated.

     

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