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Apple has rejected a ┬ÁTorrent remote monitoring app, ┬ÁMonitor, 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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RE: Apple. Again.
By Brandon Hill on 9/2/2009 10:37:47 AM , Rating: 2
Screw that, I don't need a dedicated torrent app for my iPhone. All I have to do is login to my HP EX485 MediaSmart Windows Home Server which I hacked to have a built-in uTorrent server and add torrents that way -- from anywhere.

RE: Apple. Again.
By GreenEnvt on 9/2/2009 11:33:23 AM , Rating: 3
By hacked to have a utorrent server, you mean you installed the utorrent plugin for WHS?

RE: Apple. Again.
By Donovan on 9/2/2009 1:42:37 PM , Rating: 3
I guess we need to add a new phrase to the Urban Dictionary:
Installshield-kiddie (n): A "hacker" who needs their tools packaged as MSI installers to avoid any pesky script editing.

RE: Apple. Again.
By oab on 9/2/2009 1:49:09 PM , Rating: 2
Windows doesn't use scripts, that's unix.

RE: Apple. Again.
By Spivonious on 9/2/2009 1:53:20 PM , Rating: 2
Look up the file extensions .bat and .com.

RE: Apple. Again.
By Pirks on 9/2/2009 6:49:38 PM , Rating: 2
.cmd not .com you nasty dos user :P

RE: Apple. Again.
RE: Apple. Again.
By Brandon Hill on 9/2/2009 2:04:12 PM , Rating: 2
Did you actually read the thread? There's nothing in there about installing a plugin.

It involved remote connecting to the server, installing uTorrent, editing the registry, installing a service on the server, and editing a few other files.

Where are you getting this "plugin" business from?

RE: Apple. Again.
By omnicronx on 9/2/2009 2:36:44 PM , Rating: 2
There is no plugin for WHS, you manually install the app as a service. (additional configuration is also required)

Stop pretending you know what you are talking about just because you can do a 10 second Google search.

I think there was a tool out a while back, but it rarely worked, and the almost everyone does it now is installing via service.

RE: Apple. Again.
By Gholam on 9/2/2009 11:37:23 PM , Rating: 2
Actually there is a plugin for WHS - it adds uTorrent interface into the WHS console.

RE: Apple. Again.
By Brandon Hill on 9/8/2009 9:06:38 AM , Rating: 2
There is a plugin, but it doesn't work properly

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