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 @ 6:50am

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    The issue you bring up with Samsung being slow is also part of a marketing gimmick I bet. They keep pushing new better strong faster phones, focusing all of their work there while ignoring the last models... until later when the "average" phone buyer gets to them.

    I can tell you how pleased people who bought the Asus Transformer were to find out the new model, the Prime, was getting ICS first... and it was such a PITA... and then the reason given why they had nothing for the first suckers was oh Lunar New Year celebrations slowed us down. The early adopters were stuck with some really bad bugs all of which got shoved aside to get the Prime and the newer models out the door.

    Google will never be able to solve fragmentation until they get into the market with a base "Android" Platform. Average users don't get the idea of getting root and loading new roms to try out, they want a device that works. Sadly the iThingy for all of Apples evil intentions does just that. Each iThingy isn't a grand departure from the last one, where every Android device is different in some subtle way from the other guy, and then tweaked differently.

    But then I am a fuddy duddy in the phone wars... Motorola Razr V3 - Black. It makes calls, that is what I want my phone to do. My backup phone is a Motorola F3.

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