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 @ 3:14pm

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    "Pretending that the old way is better than the new way because the old way is older is pretty much how all the big media companies think, you know."

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    I am willing to bet that we spend a stupid amount of time tethered to a computer, doing things that would suck especially on a 4-7 inch screen.
    I don't find myself several times a week rebooting my newest bestest smartphone to solve some stupid bug that users have just learned to accept. I watch my coworkers do it and its funny.
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    No one way is better, well except I don't have to wait months for a bug to be fixed in my phones OS that might not get fixed because they want me to buy the new widget that will have its own bugs that will last until widget 3.0 launches. Don't think that because I shun smartphones that I think like the cartels.

    What I find sad is there is a market for old style "dumb" phones, but everyone wants newer better faster... and that sounds good until you have to watch a 60 yr old completely frustrated just trying to answer a call.

    New tech is cool, but if the consumer will never use 95% of the features it can do isn't it a waste?

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