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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    Ninja (profile), 1 Jun 2012 @ 5:54am

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    Yes, I've used Ubuntu on dual boot till recently. Actually My desktop looked way more awesome than your regular Windows Aero (which M$ copied from earlier attempts at Linux, OSx ironically). But I spent much more time under Windows environment than Linux because of the software. Companies are to blame for M$ supremacy too, they simply ignore Linux users (I do wonder if OpenGL can offer what Directx does too but that's above my computer knowledge).

    And I do agree it's way better nowadays than a few years back. And the "Linuxtards" (I'm using it in a joking way, that's why I used the "") are actually doing a good job in making Linux more and more user friendly. When I think I had to use command lines to mount my CD drive back in the first distro I ever used today we are in heaven. But we need to push further for the mainstream user.

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