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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    The Infamous Joe (profile), 2 Jun 2012 @ 11:19am

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    You're right. Since I stopped playing WoW, I haven't needed my computer. It's a laptop, but for all intents and purposes, it's a headless server. The only thing I do with it is stream media to one of my two Google TVs, or my Android phone, or my Android tablet. If I need a "real" browser, I use my chromebook.

    It may be anecdotal, but I have noticed that it is easy to go without a smartphone until you have a smartphone. After that, you get so used to having nearly constant, instant access to most of the world's knowledge (and cat videos!) that it's impossible to go back to not having it. At least, judging from the people who said they "didn't need a smart phone" who I convinced to get one anyway. That's what I don't get about the people who insist they don't need a smart phone; it sounds, to me, the same way it would sound if someone said they didn't need running water; of course not, but it sure makes things so much easier.

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