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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    G Thompson (profile), 1 Jun 2012 @ 10:12am

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    Also the old way is no different to the new, there are not many products on the market that do any different than their older counterparts. The only thing different in PC's is speed and storage space (both ROM/RAM) but if you notice the origal WP's (Wordstar, WordPerfect, PerfectWrite, Word) they are no different than today other than the bloat. In fact the older DOS/OS2/GEM ones were the same speed, and we still use the same keyboard command structures.

    Progress is great, but progress needs to actually accomplish something that isn't just to show the neighbour that you have the latest shiny new toys that do exactly the same things.

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