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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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RE: Apple. Again.
By nafhan on 9/2/2009 10:39:01 AM , Rating: 2
The thing that bothers me is that this could not be used for (directly) putting illegal content on the iPhone. It's for controling an application on a remote computer.
Using this line of thinking, would that make remote desktop clients on the iPhone also illegal? Also, as others have mentioned in the past, Apple's own apps (Safari and iTunes, for example) are "often used for the purpose of infringing third party rights". The hypocrisy continues...

RE: Apple. Again.
By Griswold on 9/2/2009 12:51:47 PM , Rating: 2
Apple just doesnt have the balls to go toe to toe with the industry that is responsible for most of apples wealth these days - because you can bet your ass they will go after apple (legitimate or not, successful or not, it wont matter) if an app like that can be downloaded from the appstore.

Jobs should have, while he was getting his new liver, gotten a new set of stones as well...

RE: Apple. Again.
By omnicronx on 9/2/2009 2:15:00 PM , Rating: 2
Yes because it makes sense for Apple to take on an entire industry, just so that you can download torrents remotely. Do you guys realize how ridiculous this sounds? The AppStore is a multi billion dollar a year industry, why put that in jeopardy for an app that brings absolutely no functionality to the iPhone itself?

The Appstore has got to the point where they have to watch where they are stepping, step on the wrong persons toes and they could be in for a surprise.

As I said in the post below, I don't normally agree with Apple blocking apps, but this one definitely makes sense.

RE: Apple. Again.
By dark matter on 9/2/2009 5:05:28 PM , Rating: 2
First they came for the bit torrenters, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a bit torrenter. Then they came for the VOIP's, and I didn't speak up, because I didn't use VOIP. Then they came for my apps, by that time there was no-one left to speak up for me.

"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes

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