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Apple says "Screw You Guys" to South Park creators

Apple's iPhone is the clear leader in the smartphone category and its App Store is doing exceptionally well with users downloading numerous applications for the iPhone and the iPod touch. Some of the apps have sold hundreds or even thousands of copies.

However, some app developers are finding that getting their proposed apps approved by Apple can be challenging. The latest App to get the denial letter from Apple was from South Park Digital Studios. The company behind the popular cartoon Series South Park wanted to sell an app on the App Store that would provide fans of the show with easy access to clips from episodes and other content.

Apple says that the application for the app was denied because the app could be "potentially offensive" to some users. The interesting part is that the App Store is chocked full of apps that make boobs jiggle in images and produce fart sound effects.

The studio says that it applied more than once for approval for its app, but that it was denied each time. The studio said in a statement, "At this point, we are sad to say, the app is dead in the water. Sorry, South Park fans."

Apple does say that its standards are evolving so the door is potentially open for a South Park app in the future. The studio didn’t specify if the app was intended to be free or a paid app. Apple says that since the App Store opened users hove downloaded 500 million apps in the last six months. Currently there are 15,000 applications on the App Store and the number continues to grow.

Apple was the subject of developer's ire not long ago when the company was placing rejection letters under NDA to keep developers from speaking out after being denied. Apple later came removed the NDA stipulation from rejection letters it sends out.

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RE: 3rd party site
By rudy on 2/18/2009 10:54:47 AM , Rating: 5
How about buy a different device, makes no sense to buy it they still get their money from you.

RE: 3rd party site
By quiksilvr on 2/18/2009 11:00:42 AM , Rating: 5
EXACTLY! I'm so sick of these hypocritical idiots that bitch and moan about how Apple sux or how Microsoft sux and they still buy iPods and run Windows. Either get a Creative and Linux or STFU!

RE: 3rd party site
By therealnickdanger on 2/18/2009 11:47:25 AM , Rating: 5
Whoa man, switch to decaf...

In truth, if everyone who claims "_____ sux!!1" actually took the time to figure what he is doing wrong (user error can account for 99.9% of all "sucky" situations), much of this "hypocrisy" would disapate immediately. However, what makes you think a person that complains about Apple or Microsoft would even make it more than 10 minutes on a Linux machine before watching his head explode all over the screen?

RE: 3rd party site
By quiksilvr on 2/19/2009 1:53:19 AM , Rating: 2
Decaf is for Liberal Arts majors! And that's my whole point: either make the switch to the alternative of what you're complaining about or stop complaining and be grateful for what you have.

RE: 3rd party site
By Titanius on 2/19/2009 8:10:31 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with your statement and I want to had the following:

The problem is that a lot of people make huge commotions over little problems that gave them a pissy fit. Get over it!

RE: 3rd party site
By quiksilvr on 2/19/2009 11:42:13 AM , Rating: 3
Not allowing developers to release their programs for a bullsh|t reason is not a small problem. Patenting multitouch and forcing to sue others that use it so other companies can't develop it is not a small problem. Forcing users to use your HARDWARE just to run their SOFTWARE is not a small problem.

RE: 3rd party site
By Titanius on 2/19/2009 2:30:09 PM , Rating: 1
I agree, and your point is?

RE: 3rd party site
By quiksilvr on 2/20/2009 11:22:04 AM , Rating: 2
It's not little problems so making a commotion about it is necessary so companies will stop screwing with their customers with their idiotic business practices.

RE: 3rd party site
By rdeegvainl on 2/18/2009 11:49:12 AM , Rating: 2
So people aren't allowed to be dissatisfied?
I have windows, linux, an ipod, and a sansa.... my list of things i can gripe about is growing shorter and shorter.

RE: 3rd party site
By xti on 2/18/2009 2:54:44 PM , Rating: 1
creative nomad = the anti-boner

RE: 3rd party site
By tdawg on 2/18/2009 11:56:06 AM , Rating: 3
While tech people here bemoan usability in a device and only want the most features possible, no matter the clunkiness of the UI, the fact is, the iPhone provides most of the features people look for in a smartphone and does so with a simple-to-use interface. At this time, especially for AT&T users, there is no better, full featured, smartphone that provides the same capabilities and intuitive user interface that the iPhone provides. If AT&T would offer an Android phone, or the Palm Pre would be coming to AT&T, or the Samsung Eternity had a more open OS, we'd have choices, but right now the iPhone provides much more in a phone than most of their other choices and taking the bad with the good regarding the app store is just something that iPhone users have to take into consideration; hopefully, Apple will become less draconian as time goes on and opens the platform a little more.

RE: 3rd party site
By ccmfreak2 on 2/18/2009 12:19:37 PM , Rating: 5
the fact is, the iPhone provides most of the features people look for in a smartphone and does so with a simple-to-use interface.

Yeah, everything but copy and freakin' paste, video recording, MMS, voice command, bluetooth stereo for your music, removable battery, expandable media, browser addons....

RE: 3rd party site
By sprockkets on 2/18/2009 1:48:41 PM , Rating: 2
What about no playing of the ringtones through the headset?

RE: 3rd party site
By Chaser on 2/18/2009 3:02:10 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you.

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