Apple Bans Some 'Single-Station' Apps
November 30, 2010 at 12:37 PM (PT)
In a surprise move, APPLE has banned some single-station radio player apps. PC WORLD reports "JIM BARCUS, owner of DJB RADIO APPS, claims that APPLE recently rejected 10 of his radio apps, on the grounds that they're essentially spam and are no different than generic fart apps. He even appealed to STEVE JOBS, who reportedly wrote back, 'Sorry, but we've made our decision.'"
The decision, however, may not affect all app developers equally. U.K.s REGISTER was told by APPLE, "There are many unique radio apps on the APP STORE and we look forward to approving many more. One developer has attempted to spam the app store with hundreds of variations of essentially the same radio app and that is against our guidelines."
JACOBS MEDIA Pres. FRED JACOBS has not experienced the "ban," telling ALL ACCESS, "I can tell you this -- in the past two weeks, we have had several single station radio apps (new, resubmissions) approved, as have other developers. Our goal is to continue to design and produce great custom apps for radio and other businesses. While it may be possible that BARCUS' apps are no longer welcome, that would seem to be any new APPLE apps his company develops. If you go into iTUNES, you'll see that all of his earlier apps are still available for download (as are ours and other radio developers). I would also tell you that one of our new apps, RADIOU, is one of the hottest apps in the APP STORE during this weekend."
APPLE Public Relations spokeperson TRUDY MULLER told ALL ACCESS, "There are many unique radio apps on the APP STORE and we look forward to approving many more. One developer has attempted to spam the app store with hundreds of variations of essentially the same radio app and that is against our guidelines"