Insanity: Apple Rejects Podcatching App Because It Has Flattr Integration

from the cutting-off-your-nose dept

One purpose for which micropayment solution Flattr (which we use here on Techdirt) has certainly caught on is providing a way for people to support podcasts. Apparently, simple integration allowing people to designate some money for podcasters has just "felt right" for lots of users who do exactly that. And some podcasting/podcatching apps have tried to accommodate this. Instacast, a popular app for downloading and listening to podcasts on the iOS platform, integrated Flattr back in February, but in early May the arbitrary gatekeepers at Apple rejected the app because the Flattr integration went against Apple's demands that all in-app payments go through its own system. Vemedio (the makers of Instacast) along with the folks at Flattr appealed to Apple that this was ridiculous... but Apple issued a final decision rejecting the app. In response, Vemedio is very reluctantly removing Flattr from its app, meaning podcasters just lost a good way of making money, all because Apple can't control it. More evidence of Apple becoming a rather evil gatekeeper, rather than an enabler of new and interesting ideas.

Filed Under: apps, gatekeeper, instacast, micropayments, podcasting, podcatching, walled garden
Companies: apple, flattr, vemedio


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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 1 Jun 2012 @ 5:09am

    Re:

    1 - One wonders what the backlash from Apple is against devs who want to keep playing in the walled garden and the evil jailbreak world.

    2 - but its money and Apple has rules about money, it all belongs to Apple. And I am sure their well paid lawyers included some legalese in a contract next to the clause where Apple gets your first born child that you can't actually sue them, an apple paid arbitrator will phone in your loss of the case shortly.

    3 - The problem is there are so many ithingy users. It is a larger market. There was a blurb somewhere about 1 android dev who looked at all the different things using their software. Android is fragmented in a huge way, and trying to tweak to fix problem a for a Samsung device can break something on tablets or vice versa. Much of it is Google not being able to demand that everyone run the stock rom like Apple does.

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