Apple Now Banning Potentially Competitive Apps From The iPhone
from the pissing-off-developers dept
Yet another day and yet another odd attempt by Apple to arbitrarily control what’s in the App Store for the iPhone. A bunch of folks have submitted the news of a podcasting app that’s been blocked because Apple claims it competes with iTunes. This should, of course, scare of iPhone developers even more than previous bans. After all, it means that should an app get particularly popular, Apple would most likely just create its own competing version and remove the popular app from the store.
While some are decrying this as being an abuse of power, Apple certainly has the right to do it. It’s just not a particularly good long term strategy — and likely to backfire badly. Pissing off your developers or making them worry isn’t going to get very many good apps written going forward. Also, limiting competition is actually going to hurt Apple, because it no longer has anyone driving them to be better. What if this podcasting app had certain features that were really cool and useful — and not available in iTunes? Right now, Apple has no incentive to include that functionality, thus making its own software worse.
In the meantime, you’ve got to imagine that a number of iPhone developers may be eagerly awaiting the launch of Google’s Android platform which won’t have such arbitrary restrictions.