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Apple Refusing Any BitTorrent Related Apps? 296

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the ignorance-is-bliss dept.
jamie pointed out what appears to be an unfortunate policy for Apple's app store that is refusing anything to do with BitTorrent. The example is a remote control app that allows a user to interface with their Transmission BitTorrent client. This certainly isn't the first complaint over app store policy. Issues from the return policy to the "objectionable content" of Nine Inch Nails have some developers concerned over what Apple is doing to the market. Of course, many are quick to remind that it is Apple's store and they are free to do whatever they want with it.
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Apple Refusing Any BitTorrent Related Apps?

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  • Jailbreak (Score:5, Insightful)

    by googlesmith123 (1546733) on Monday May 11, 2009 @04:38PM (#27912635)
    If you want torrent you can always jailbreak it.
  • Apple's store (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Mononoke (88668) on Monday May 11, 2009 @04:39PM (#27912651) Homepage Journal
    From what I hear, it's Apple's store and they are free to do whatever they want with it.
  • Apple..... (Score:0, Insightful)

    by tyrnight (633534) <{moc.bewryt} {ta} {thginryt}> on Monday May 11, 2009 @04:43PM (#27912725) Homepage
    I am admittedly an apple fanboy... And I am now at wits end with how they operate to tightly over there apps and even the Mac itself. I still refuse to use Windows, but come on Apple, get your fucking head out of your pompous asses and wake up.. Its not all about 'YOU' you fucking fucks. listen to the Users and MAYBE you will win more market share.
  • by Anita Coney (648748) on Monday May 11, 2009 @04:44PM (#27912745) Homepage

    The purpose of these stories, involving Apple refusing to sell apps, is not to debate the rights of Apple to do so. Everyone recognizes that Apple has a right to sell or not sell anything it so desires.

    The purpose of these stories is to warn people to stay away from Apple, because Apple does not have your best interests in mind, only its bottom line.

  • by Stuart Gibson (544632) on Monday May 11, 2009 @04:44PM (#27912759) Homepage

    Looking at the Transmission control interface through Safari on my iPhone right now. I guess now that Safari might be used to facilitate "this category of application" Apple will be pulling it from the OS?

    I'm as much of a fanboy as the next guy, but Apple really need to get the house in order over the app store.

  • Re:Jailbreak (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Shadow of Eternity (795165) on Monday May 11, 2009 @04:45PM (#27912781)

    Jailbreaking: "It may be your store, but it's my goddamn phone".

  • Re:Apple's store (Score:5, Insightful)

    by compro01 (777531) on Monday May 11, 2009 @04:47PM (#27912813)

    From what I heard, corporations are able to be criticized for their actions.

  • by wbates (232236) on Monday May 11, 2009 @04:48PM (#27912851) Homepage

    "Of course, many are quick to remind that it is Apple's store and they are free to do whatever they want with it."

    By the same token isn't it my iPhone that I am free to do what I want with it? Sure that means I can jailbreak it, but why should I be forced to just to use an app that Apple doesn't want to sell on their store?

  • by bennomatic (691188) on Monday May 11, 2009 @04:49PM (#27912867) Homepage

    The purpose of these stories is to warn people to stay away from Apple, because Apple does not have your best interests in mind, only its bottom line.

    Or another way to put it might be that they are not trying to be everything to everyone, and while we do not necessarily know all the reasons for all of their decisions, anyone who is going to make a significant purchase ($200+ dollars plus ongoing fees) should have this information in order to make an informed decision.

    If you're going to "warn people" to stay away from Apple because they're interested in their bottom line, you're going to have to warn people to stay away from pretty much all corporations. Of course, that means not having any sort of computing device...

  • by Chas (5144) on Monday May 11, 2009 @04:51PM (#27912921) Homepage Journal

    Seriously. If Apple wants to engage in practices that result in a chilling effect on your target market why the fuck are you going to support them?
    Because it's [LOVE]Apple{/LOVE]? Puh-leeze!
    Because it enables you to reach a large market of consumers? Oh wait, they're denying those customers access to your products!

    I'm sure Apple is great and wonderful and really really nice. I'm sure their app platform is the greatest thing since sliced stupid-people. But if they're going to actively interfere with your ability to reach customers FUCK THEM!

    And yes, it's Apple's store. They can sell or not sell whatever they feel like.
    However, it's not JUST Apple's store. It's the sole "legitimate" gateway into the devices you're writing apps for. That's part of the problem.

    To use a baseball-related metaphor. You're a beer-hawker at a ballgame. Heaven help you if you try to sell booze in OTHER than the approved manner or brand.

  • by Budenny (888916) on Monday May 11, 2009 @04:55PM (#27913003)

    If you don't like the way Apple runs its store, don't buy from it.

            If you don't like gay marriage, don't do it.

            If you don't like murder, don't commit it.

            If you don't like France, don't go there.

            If you don't like math, don't learn it.

            If you don't care for Enron, don't buy the stock.

            If you don't like subprime, don't take one out.

            -- And in any case, don't talk any more about it.

    Why am I starting to wonder if there might not be something a little bit wrong with this form of argument?

  • Re:First Post (Score:4, Insightful)

    by nicolas.kassis (875270) on Monday May 11, 2009 @05:02PM (#27913131)
    I'm I the only nerd who actually use it for mostly downloading ubuntu and feroda and for WoW patches? Who has time for movies anyway?
  • by Pichu0102 (916292) <pichu0102@gmail.com> on Monday May 11, 2009 @05:16PM (#27913331) Homepage Journal

    You can use logmein or other vnc apps to control torrent programs on your computer. Better ban that. You could control it through a webui using safari. Better ban that too. Wait, you could set up a script to control it with a phone call or email! Better ban the phone and mail apps, just to be sure.

    Rediculous.

  • Re:Jailbreak (Score:2, Insightful)

    by onefriedrice (1171917) on Monday May 11, 2009 @05:18PM (#27913369)

    If you're drinking the iCoolaid you need to not complain about the iDRM.

    Actually, I doubt that many of us "koolaid drinkers" are the ones complaining. In my experience, the ones who complain the most/loudest about the app store are the ones who don't even have an iPhone/iPod touch. The rest of us are quite content with the wide assortment of apps that are already available, and most of us probably don't have the need to run BitTorrent apps on our cell phones.

    Just a thought.

  • by 0xdeadbeef (28836) on Monday May 11, 2009 @05:20PM (#27913383) Homepage Journal

    obviously not about control because you can get apps by other means

    Are you referring to the DMCA violation known as "jailbreaking"? How deliciously absurd.

  • Re:Web UI (Score:2, Insightful)

    by mindcorrosive (1524455) on Monday May 11, 2009 @05:26PM (#27913469)
    True. At least three of the most widely used (Deluge, KTorrent and Transmission) already have web UIs. No links, this can be easily checked on their official websites. rTorrent doesn't have web interface, AFAIK.

    Apple will need to ban http to pull this off.
  • Re:Web UI (Score:2, Insightful)

    by pwfffff (1517213) on Monday May 11, 2009 @05:27PM (#27913475)

    Is driving in and of itself perfectly legal?

    Sure.

    But what percentage of commutes do you think are non-infringing?

    And what percentage of drivers have never broken any traffic law?

  • Apple (Score:2, Insightful)

    by azakem (924479) on Monday May 11, 2009 @05:37PM (#27913649)

    Yes, Apple is free to do what they wish with their store, and we are free not to pay for their overpriced and overhyped products when saddled in this manner.

    Don't bother replying Apple fanbois, I'm not interested. It's just another corporation acting in its own best interest.

  • by leoc (4746) on Monday May 11, 2009 @05:39PM (#27913685) Homepage

    Option A) Apple products.
    Option B) The freedom to do what you want with the stuff you buy.

    Pick one and stop complaining.

  • by david_thornley (598059) on Monday May 11, 2009 @05:43PM (#27913735)

    I fail to see your point.

    If you want to buy an iPhone and jailbreak it, feel free. It's your iPhone, after all. If you want to buy an iPhone and get your apps from the App Store, cool. It's pretty useful that way, also. If you don't want to buy a iPhone, for whatever reason, that's fine too. That's how a healthy market economy works, and the iPhone isn't the only smart phone out there.

    What I don't understand is why you think Apple should sell you precisely what you want in the way you want it. Apple is willing to sell you a product with certain capabilities and limitations. They aren't required to sell something similar but different, although they do have to live with any negative effects on their market share because of that.

    So, buy or don't buy, jailbreak or don't jailbreak, but don't claim Apple is being unfair just because you find them inconvenient.

  • Re:Jailbreak (Score:2, Insightful)

    by LuxMaker (996734) on Monday May 11, 2009 @05:49PM (#27913843) Journal
    Bricking: "It may be your phone, but it's our firmware."

    Jailbreaking: "It may be your store, but it's my goddamn phone".

  • by Americano (920576) on Monday May 11, 2009 @06:03PM (#27914077)
    How this post got a +4, Interesting on the heels of this fumbling, childish attempt to draw a parallel, I don't know. I'd like you to supply examples of anybody legitimately using "this form of argument" in any of the debates you provided. Citations are most certainly needed.

    I'm stunned at the logical gymnastics required to create equivalency between the legality of gay marriage, murder, and buying an app for your cell phone. Breathtaking.
  • by caitsith01 (606117) on Monday May 11, 2009 @07:19PM (#27915215) Journal

    If you're going to "warn people" to stay away from Apple because they're interested in their bottom line, you're going to have to warn people to stay away from pretty much all corporations. Of course, that means not having any sort of computing device...

    Or to put it another way, if Apple are going to continnue to present themselves as the fun, shiny, easy, nice answer to everything, and both explicitly and implicitly suggest that everyone else is a bunch of crusty old business-oriented, consumer-hating corporations, then it will be totally legitimate and arguably even necessary for there to be a continued awareness campaign about the fact that they are behaving in this way.

    Maybe we need a revised iphone advertisement:

    "The great thing about the iphone is, if you want to find the nearest restaurant, there's an app for that... and if you want to use a spirit level thingo, there's an app for that... and if you want to use useful software developed by someone Apple doesn't approve of, you can go to hell... and if you want to use technology which Apple is nervous about, you can also go to hell... and if you think you actually own that phone you got when you handed over money, you are living in a fantasy world.

    The new iphone. It's whatever Apple says it is."

  • by caitsith01 (606117) on Monday May 11, 2009 @07:23PM (#27915271) Journal

    Seriously. If Apple wants to engage in practices that result in a chilling effect on your target market why the fuck are you going to support them?
    Because it's [LOVE]Apple{/LOVE]? Puh-leeze!
    Because it enables you to reach a large market of consumers? Oh wait, they're denying those customers access to your products!

    I'm sure Apple is great and wonderful and really really nice. I'm sure their app platform is the greatest thing since sliced stupid-people. But if they're going to actively interfere with your ability to reach customers FUCK THEM!

    And yes, it's Apple's store. They can sell or not sell whatever they feel like.
    However, it's not JUST Apple's store. It's the sole "legitimate" gateway into the devices you're writing apps for. That's part of the problem.

    To use a baseball-related metaphor. You're a beer-hawker at a ballgame. Heaven help you if you try to sell booze in OTHER than the approved manner or brand.

    Exactly.

    Example 2, you're Microsoft. No doubt the same people bleating about how Apple has the "right" to control what is available through the app store would also die in a ditch to defend Microsoft's "right" to tie whatever web browser it chooses to its own operating system, right? Right?

    *sound of wind blowing... crickets chirp*

  • Re:Jailbreak (Score:5, Insightful)

    by aristotle-dude (626586) on Monday May 11, 2009 @07:24PM (#27915287)
    Unless if you bought an iPod touch, bought the iPhone at full price or you paid out the contract termination fee, it's not your phone until your contract is up.
  • Re:Jailbreak (Score:3, Insightful)

    by MightyMartian (840721) on Monday May 11, 2009 @07:43PM (#27915511) Journal

    Actually, I doubt that many of us "koolaid drinkers" are the ones complaining. In my experience, the ones who complain the most/loudest about the app store are the ones who don't even have an iPhone/iPod touch. The rest of us are quite content with the wide assortment of apps that are already available, and most of us probably don't have the need to run BitTorrent apps on our cell phones.

    Just a thought.

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  • Re:Jailbreak (Score:2, Insightful)

    by mjwx (966435) on Monday May 11, 2009 @10:05PM (#27916759)

    Suing: "It's still my fucking phone, and my expensive lawyer will tear you a new one for purposely destroying my property."

    Youre still operating under the assumption that you purchased the phone, in actual fact you just leased it and Apple retains all rights to the firmware, hardware design, drivers (where applicable) and whatever else they could patent/copyright. If you purchased the phone on a subsidised contract then "first sales" laws in many countries don't apply because you haven't finished paying for the contract.

    Apple will have dozens of obscure lines buried deep in their Terms of Use/EULA that will cover them in the case that one of their own customers decides to sue. Remember when you install windows you always have to press F8 to accept the license agreement, well that agreement says that you give up all rights to sue Microsoft regardless of how bad the product fails, Apple will have done the same thing. EULA's may not be enforceable on the customer but that's not their purpose, they can and are being used to stop customers from attacking the supplier.

    Seriously, just file it in Texas or something. Of the thousands of judges in the nation, you only need one crooked bastard to side with you

    The problem with relying on a corrupt law system is that it naturally gravitates towards the most money, so all Apple have to do is offer the crooked bastard a few more dollars then you can.

    Personally I just chose a device that wasn't made by a company that requires complete control. Yes I had to accept the Android EULA but that's just saying I cant sue Google or HTC if things go wrong, I'd have to accept that no matter who I go with so I've accepted it and moved on.

  • Re:Jailbreak (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 12, 2009 @12:39AM (#27917915)

    Yeah the phone isn't yours until it breaks outside of warranty, or you drop the damn thing. Than it quickly becomes yours while you pay a monthy.

    It's a win-win really ... as long as you are ATT.

  • Re:Jailbreak (Score:2, Insightful)

    by SJ2000 (1128057) on Tuesday May 12, 2009 @05:04AM (#27919225) Homepage
    Though you must admit, Apple artificially and purposely makes it harder, Linux just happens to be like that (for arguments sake)
  • Re:Jailbreak (Score:3, Insightful)

    by mea37 (1201159) on Tuesday May 12, 2009 @10:36AM (#27921857)

    Although it is popular to believe that something is not "yours" until you have discharged all of the liabilities you accepted when you bought it, that is simply not the case.

    The terms of the contract include: We'll sell you a phone for $X. You'll pay us $Y if you leave before Z months is up.

    Note that the company is not obligated to accept return of the phone in lieu of an early termination penalty. (I've only had one company - DirectTV - state that they would accept their equipment back and let you off the hook if you left early.) Note who is responsible for dealing with the situation if the phone is lost, stolen, or damaged.

    You own the phone (as an AT&T employee would quickly be reminded if he tried to take it from you). The software, as always, is held in a legal grey area by various lobbying interests.

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