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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    hmm (profile), 2 Jun 2012 @ 7:01am

    truth

    The truth is Apple isn't "becoming" evil. It always has been evil.

    When Steve Jobs died, the company went on a spree across the internet getting people to say how nice he was, a saint, a perfect soul, a genius etc.

    All he did was take other peoples ideas and combine them. thats it. nothing special.

    The rest of the company is exactly like the RIAA/MPAA and other Hollywood scum in that it's only purpose is to make money and screw the users.

    Apple has a history of going UP in popularity then spectacularly collapsing again.
    The only difference is this time, Apple has enough cash reserves and is well on the way to becoming the biggest patent troll that doesn't produce a single thing anyone wants......which isn't good.

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