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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  1. identicon
    CrushU, 2 Jun 2012 @ 10:54am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Joe, if it's true that once you got a smartphone you haven't used your computer, then it is more likely to be true that you never 'needed' a computer in the first place, and it was just a stand-in for the not-yet-existent smartphone.

    I have a dumb phone, so old and non-name brand that all I know is that it's a Motorola phone. :) But my desktop is capable of running new games (Diablo 3) at high settings without stuttering. I also possess a laptop. I don't need the highly mobile computing of a smartphone. ... Yet.

    I've recently started judging some Magic: the Gathering tournaments, and being able to look up other rulings or errata while wandering around the tables is proving to be a necessity, so I will likely be getting a smartphone in the near future. And it will mostly just be used for that.

    You use what you need... A lot of people didn't 'need' a computer, but before smartphones, computers were the only way to access the internet.

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