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Apple has generously decided to let Trent Reznor swear in an iPhone application update, which contains clips from his groundbreaking 1994 work, "The Downward Spiral".
Apple taketh and Apple giveth the consent

Apple keeps a tight grip over its iPhone which one of America's top-selling smart phones.  It has proven itself more than willing to censor a broad range of content it finds morally questionable from violence to sexual themes.  The latest example of Apple seeking to help guide its customers' moral decisions came when the company rejected an application update from Trent Reznor, for an app for his band Nine Inch Nails. 

Apple said the app was unacceptable because it came with profane music clips from NIN's groundbreaking album The Downward Spiral.  Some note the curiousness of Apple's ruling, given that it happily sold the album on iTunes.  Let down and hurt, an angry Trent Reznor blasted Apple in a blog post, making unfavorable comparisons of the company to Walmart, another company that has censored his art.

Now, at last, Apple has let its objections go away in the end.  It has reversed its stance and said that Reznor can have it all, when it comes to his app update.  Reznor happily Twittered the news to his fans.

While, it’s good to see Apple looking to reevaluate its rules surrounding how it polices its app store empire, it’s also somewhat troubling, according to some, that Apple is developing a habit of rejecting applications on questionable grounds and then approving them after criticism.  It has also done the opposite, as with the recent "Baby Shaker" app -- approval then rejection following criticism. 

In all, many say that Apple's selective and haphazard censorship demonstrates an inability to logically regulate its content, something which threatens the viability of the iPhone's app platform. While iPhone devs are unlikely to abandon a user base numbering in the millions, these debacles do plant the seeds of doubt in some.



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Math, Orders of magnitude
By JasonMick (blog) on 5/8/2009 10:37:06 AM , Rating: 5
Trent Reznor >> Apple




RE: Math, Orders of magnitude
By tfpecheverria on 5/8/2009 10:47:12 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I wonder what the people at apple are thinking about this...


RE: Math, Orders of magnitude
By bluemember on 5/8/2009 9:46:14 PM , Rating: 3
They should have approved this app earlier. I've seen more "obscene" apps approved than this NIN one. For example, look at the "Hottest Girls" app from http://www.allenthegeek.com


RE: Math, Orders of magnitude
By s12033722 on 5/8/2009 10:49:22 AM , Rating: 1
I don't often agree with you, but on this I am with you 100%.


RE: Math, Orders of magnitude
By oTAL on 5/8/2009 11:26:06 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks for not putting that on the article and placing it as a comment. Much more appropriate.


RE: Math, Orders of magnitude
By MozeeToby on 5/8/2009 11:50:11 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, I thought I read on a different site that NIN had pulled the 'offending' song off of their server, meaning that the song Apple had a problem with would no longer be available for download. Ironically, the song is still available on iTunes.

The other thing is that Apple's acceptance policy is so haphazard that it isn't uncommon for the same app to be denied several times only to be accepted eventually, simply because you finally got a more forgiving or more lazy reviewer.


RE: Math, Orders of magnitude
By chmilz on 5/8/2009 2:05:48 PM , Rating: 2
Somebody 6 this, the most factual statement on DT. Ever.

Rationale:
1. 2 kinds of people on Earth: Mac fans, and normal people
2. Mac fans kiss Jobs' ass
3. Jobs kisses TR's ass
4. Everyone else would likely kiss TR's ass if he asked
5. Ergo, by process of elimination, TR pwns Earth


RE: Math, Orders of magnitude
By CrystalBay on 5/8/2009 8:59:18 PM , Rating: 3
Finally a Mickey blog post that doesn't turn into "Mr Self Destruct" ;)


By ThePooBurner on 5/9/2009 3:39:58 PM , Rating: 5
TR does not own me. I don't listen to his stuff. No i'm not joking. I think my brother might still listen to NIN, though. My palate for music of that nature has wanned greatly over the years. Nothing personal, just not my flavor anymore.

Also, don't rate this downsimply because you think i suck for not listening to him. That isn't the point of the rating system.


*cough*
By Ozziedogg on 5/10/2009 1:29:24 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
In all, many say that Apple's selective and haphazard censorship demonstrates an inability to logically regulate its content, something which threatens the viability of the iPhone's app platform. While iPhone devs are unlikely to abandon a user base numbering in the millions, these debacles do plant the seeds of doubt in some


Baseless speculation.




I don't even own an iPhone
By djshelter on 5/9/09, Rating: 0
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