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Apple has rejected a µTorrent remote monitoring app, µMonitor, which it says could assist in copyright infringement. Separately, Apple finally allowed Vonage's app in a drawn out approval.  (Source: Torrent Freak)
Apple still is making some high profile rejections, but its also making some tough approvals

Just over a month ago Apple rejected Google Voice, a voice iPhone app that would allow international calling at reduced rates and free SMS text messaging.  Apple claimed the rejection was not due to the voice functionality, but rather because the app replaced parts of the iPhone's interface.

Now after controversy over whether the reaction was proper, Apple has approved a separate voice-over-IP (VoIP) app from Vonage.  Apple gave Vonage the green light to begin beta testing the new app among a select group of its customers.  The new app is available on the iPhone and iPod Touch to these testers.

Still, the approval process was not without its difficulties.  Apple last week admitted that Vonage's app approval was also hung up on technical issues (exact details were not specified), and the approval had been delayed.  Apple promised that it was working with the developer to resolve these issues, and apparently it was good to its word.

Meanwhile, another app met a less fortunate fate.  µMonitor, an app that would have allowed iPhone customers to control their home computer's uTorrent client on the go, has been unceremoniously rejected. 

Apple explains, "We’ve reviewed µMonitor and determined that we cannot post this version of your application to the App Store at this time because this category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing third party rights. We have chosen to not publish this type of application to the App Store."

Perhaps µMonitor's makers should have known they had it coming.  In May, a separate torrent monitor for Transmission BitTorrent client also was rejected.  Interestingly, Apple allows Usenet related applications that serve a similar performance.  MyNZB is one such application currently in the app store. Usenet is a distributed message scheme that is at times used to fileshare with uploaded binaries, made from disc images, being one kind of commonly shared content.

It appears, though, that when it comes to torrents, Apple not only opposes actual clients -- apps that initiate the download and upload of content -- but also apps that communicate with these clients in anyway.  The developers of µMonitor have taken their rejected app to the growing underground app store Cydia.  It is now available for jailbroken iPhones.



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Breaking the first rule!
By invidious on 9/2/2009 10:10:51 AM , Rating: -1
The First Rule Of Usenet is… YOU DON'T TALK ABOUT USENET!

Our nice little club's days are numbered when stupid articles advertising it like this start popping up.




RE: Breaking the first rule!
By acase on 9/2/2009 10:16:23 AM , Rating: 3
...I don't think you are helping the cause either.


RE: Breaking the first rule!
By grath on 9/2/2009 4:37:28 PM , Rating: 2
Like anybody capable of using it doesnt already know about 30 year old usenet anyway. The average torrent clicking Joe takes one look at a usenet client and writes it off as confusing. People complain about torrents that are still in RARs, most arent going to want to bother with binaries.


RE: Breaking the first rule!
By Griswold on 9/2/09, Rating: 0
"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser














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