Music Service Simfy Files Complaint Over Apple Blocking Its iPad App

from the no-competition-allowed dept

We’ve talked in the past about Apple’s quite arbitrary approval process for apps via its walled garden, noting at times that Apple just likes to keep out competitive apps. At least one company is questioning whether or not this is legal. Via Hypebot, we learn that Simfy (often called the Spotify of Germany) has complained to German regulators that Apple has not yet approved its iPad app, despite having submitted it months ago. The company pointed out that Apple has already approved an iPhone app from the company, and it seems strange that it’s been stalling so long on the iPad app. Of course, given the timing of the announcement of Apple’s new iCloud music service, Simfy certainly seems to feel that this move was anti-competitive. Of course, on the flip side, that’s what you get for relying on a mostly closed platform. Time for Simfy to see if it can figure out a way to make an HTML5 web app instead.

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DannyB (profile) says:


Android OS is the platform. Xoom is one product built upon it.

Similar to: Windows OS is the platform. Dell Optiplex is one product built upon it.

There are other similarities to the analogy that Android is like Windows, and iOS is like classic Macintosh. (eg, Macintosh of the late 80’s, early 90’s.)

Android devices are built by multiple OEM’s. iOS devices are built by one company.

Android devices come in every conceivable size, shape, style and color. iOS devices have very little variety.

There are key differences however. Unlike the Microsoft monopoly, nobody absolutely controls Android. It is open source. While Google does control its own apps and services, the underlying platform can be used without those apps. Competitors could, in principle, emerge if Google becomes abusive.

OEM’s don’t have to fear the Microsoft phenomena of living on razor thin margins, while Microsoft makes the bulk of the profit. Wireless network operators also have a significant measure of control, but again balanced by the fact that the underlying platform is available on competing networks.

Android already has multiple app stores. Apple has only one — and therefore control of whether you can even enter the market at all. Android has both Google Market, and Amazon app store for Android. Best Buy is rumored to be working on an Android app store for the Android devices they sell. Other lessor app “stores” also exist for Android.

John says:


What’s the point of that? I think most people here already know about Android with the exception of maybe the Amazon Appstore.

As for the MS thing, different platforms, different times and different competition. You can’t compare what MS did when there wasn’t any ‘personal’ technology to what Google is doing now with an established market and market leader. Times have changed a great deal over the past 35 years, they wouldn’t survive if they tried that now but it doesn’t mean MS did the wrong thing when they controlled it all.

chuck says:

Personally I have been using the new iCloud service with iTunes and like it a lot.
With a Free (for music you buy on iTunes) or inexpensive ($25 a year for music not bought at the iTunes store) method to retrieve your music built into iOS5 I can not see a lot of folks spending money on a different app to do basically the same thing.

mike allen (profile) says:

I have a question WHY?I have loads of music on my hard drive at home If I want I can SSH into my home computer and stream from home. Why would I want to put my music in the hands of a company that could if it wished pull the plug at any time and I lose all my tracks?

Now I am not saying apple, Google or Amazon will but they could be forced to by the record companies, and I guess there is a charge for this storage.

Rich Fiscus (profile) says:

There is no small degree of irony in Apple’s policies pushing developers to bypass the iTunes App Store with web apps. The reason no app store was launched with the original iPhone was Steve Jobs’ decree that web apps were replacing local apps. Now his “vision” is becoming a tool for circumventing Apple’s restrictions. It makes you wonder how it would have changed Apple’s original plans with respect to HTML5 if he had understood the amount of control he would be ceding to developers.

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