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 @ 11:07am

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    I'm not saying that Smartphones aren't great for some people, but again it's not a necessity for all at the moment.

    I actually use a paper based yearly diary/organiser as well. Though it's really for legal purposes (contemporaneous notes etc are not the same as digital copies) It's a habit I have been doing for over 25yrs and probably not one I will ever stop doing. Though I do still have a calendar on my Nokia (and an electronic one I use on laptop that is synced)

    For a calculator I still sometimes use my brain (was taught rote method and times tables, though for major stuff an electronic casio or computer I still use. Though HandyCalc for android I saw other month.. Damn! If I had that way back in HighSchool and UNI.. graphing, Calc, etc.. no log tables to look up! ;)

    For a camera I use either a DSLR or a trusty Kodak Digital (5yr old I think) or the one on the non smartphone Nokia (3meg) but video is the DSLR. For everything else I prefer the notebook, though I can see myself going to a new touchpad and Notebook combo with swivelling screen (There are some new rugged and water-resistant ones I saw other week that look promising)

    The smart phone is basically a conglomeration of other devices into one system. For those that don't require the necessity and power of separating those devices (as I do) then they are great, but when you don't require it, and really a smartphone is still a Need, not a Want then don't change what you already have place your money into other things.

    I see a time when a Smartphone will be a ubiquotous device that incorporates a whole lot more than what is currently available (especially in regards to new haptic and AR technologies) though it's not here yet and the devices are not ready to allow this yet (battery life is a prime concern)

    Actually while I have been writing all this, I have been installing a new version of Fedora 17 on a hacked PS3 so I'm not totally living in a new technology free cave ;) Have fun.. 4am is time for me to go to bed

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