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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 mpjesse on 9/2/2009 12:10:47 PM , Rating: 5
Let me ask you a question. Say you just bought a brand new PC for the purpose of legally transcoding video, using VOIP, or something similar. You get it home only to find out that Microsoft has their own VOIP program and you're not allowed to use anyone else's. Or better yet, Microsoft disallows you to install a video encoder because it "could" be used to illegally copy movies. It's like buying a brand new sports car and being told "hey, you own this car but because you might screw it up we're locking the hood. Sorry, no K&N air filters allowed."

The pratice of locking the iPhone and controlling the App Store is along the same lines as what I just described. Apple likes to brag the iPhone OS is a paired down version of OSX. So why can I install whatever the hell I want on my Macbook, but not my iPhone? Why can I legally modify OSX and Windows, but not my iPhone? We're moving into an era where people are using mobile devices more than desktops and even notebooks. Apple threatens to destroy innovation (something it supposedly cherishes) by exerting complete control over your mobile device. You paid for it and you pay for the service, therefore you have a right to do whatever the hell you want with it. Apple and AT&T are not the piracy police and they certainly have no right to tell you what can ad cannot be installed on your phone. I understand the VOIP and 3G data network issue, but there's no excuse for disapproving an app that works solely over wifi.


RE: Apple. Again.
By Spivonious on 9/2/2009 1:52:07 PM , Rating: 3
We might not agree with what Apple is doing, but there is absolutely nothing illegal about it. If Ford wanted to install a lock on their hoods so no one but Ford dealerships could open them, there is nothing stopping them.

It's Apple's device, they can do whatever they want with it. It's your job as the consumer to not buy the device if you don't agree to Apple's terms.


RE: Apple. Again.
By JoshuaBuss on 9/2/2009 3:46:34 PM , Rating: 4
Why did this get rated down? He's right. The ridiculous thing isn't what Apple's doing.. what's ridiculous is people are still buying such a crippled product from such a controlling company. If Microsoft did this, you can imagine how poor sales would be.


RE: Apple. Again.
By dark matter on 9/2/09, Rating: 0
RE: Apple. Again.
By JoshuaBuss on 9/2/2009 5:19:26 PM , Rating: 3
I'm fully prepared to listen to anything intelligent anyone here to say.

I don't think his comment was 'smart arse'.. I think it was accurate. Any company can sell a product however they wish as long as it isn't illegal.. and there's nothing illegal about selling a particularly limited product.

Think about one of those old-school tiger electronics hand-held games vs. a gameboy.. on the gameboy you can run many games depending on what you plug into it.. on the tiger you can only run the one game that's installed on the rom. this doesn't make the tiger illegal for not offering choice.. it's simply the design of the product.

apple's essentially doing the same thing, yet people don't want to accept it. instead, since apple still charges a premium and has managed to convince people their products are 'higher end', people feel that they're being wronged.

they're not being wronged, they're being naive.. and they simply refuse to accept that apple is in the business of selling less for more.


RE: Apple. Again.
By dark matter on 9/2/2009 7:36:50 PM , Rating: 3
Sure Apple are doing nothing illegal. Its the fact they want to make it illegal to do anything other than what they say is what is the issue.


RE: Apple. Again.
By Staples on 9/2/2009 9:43:34 PM , Rating: 3
Actually he got rated down because the majority of Daily Tech readers are morons. This happens when everyone cries about stupid things and then someone comes in and talks some ACTUAL sense.

In this case. Big deal. If you do not like the way Apple runs the app store, then do not buy an iPhone. For the rest of us who do not give a rat's ass about apps that a handful of people will use, I am sure I would not care much if I did have one.


RE: Apple. Again.
By Alexstarfire on 9/3/2009 12:43:57 AM , Rating: 2
Only a handful of people would use Google Voice? You must be crazy. Hell, even my dad has Google Voice on his iPhone and he's not THAT technically inclined.


RE: Apple. Again.
By Bryf50 on 9/2/2009 4:48:32 PM , Rating: 2
Yea your completely right...until Microsoft does the same thing and gets fined for billions of dollars.


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