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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 artemicion on 2/18/2009 6:08:43 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't it curious that nobody complains when a phone is closed-platform (like the free Motorola phone that came with my contract - AFAIK you can't build apps for it) and nobody complains if a phone is open-platform (I don't really know any that truly exist), but when a company releases a phone that is quasi-open platform (like the iPhone, where you can develop apps for it but it has to be approved by Apple first) people cry "despotism". If Apple prohibited all third party apps on the iPhone it'd be like 95% of all the other phones on the market, no?

It's like you can't crack open the door half-way - once you open it a little, there's all these rabid dogs clamoring to open the door all the way. It's some weird sociological/psychological effect.

RE: 3rd party site
By Oralen on 2/18/2009 6:31:27 PM , Rating: 3
What is shocking is not the control Apple has over the iphone...

It's the reason: "Potentially offensive"?

That's not an app that can break the phone network, or ruin their juicy contracts, or anything of that sort.

They are making a moral judgment.

I own an ipod touch, I love it... But I am an adult and I like South Park.

It was not their decision to make if I could get that app or not, and if it is too offensive for me.

It was mine

RE: 3rd party site
By Gul Westfale on 2/18/2009 9:56:39 PM , Rating: 2
i always thought that someone who is smart enough to enjoy south park would also be smart enough not to buy an apple product... wrong then, i guess. stupidity knows no bounds...

RE: 3rd party site
By sprockkets on 2/19/2009 2:21:48 AM , Rating: 2
There is a difference btw phones and PDA phones, you know, WinMob, PalmOS, iphone OSX. When the iphone came out, it allowed no apps. Then they allowed apps, and currently are judge jury and executioner too (remote killing of apps).

But you seem to forget most phones can run java apps, which by their nature is very cross platform.

Unless you have a T-Mobile phone, which see to it that phones like the MotoZine or whatever their new camera phone is, is locked from installing apps.

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