Apple Mysteriously Rejects Magazine App ... an Android One

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News Posted: Sun, Nov 28 2010 5:59 PM
It's not one of the more confusing rejections from the App Store, and in fact it was probably expected. Still, it deserves coverage because its another example of the overbearing control Apple exhibits over its App Store.

A companion magazine app to one that Mediaprovider, a small magazine publisher based in Denmark, had begun selling earlier in the year was rejected. The first, perfectly OK one was called "iPhone Magasinet." The second, rejected app was called "Android Magasinet." We're sure you can see the issue (pun intended) already.

Brian Dixen, managing director of Mediaprovider, wasn't surprised when he received a call from Apple.
Dixen: "So what's the problem?"

Apple Rep (Richard): "You know... your magazine. It's just about Android.... we can't have that in our App Store."

Dixon finds the censorship frustrating. Also, since Apple must approve each issue, he is also concerned about what Apple may and may not deem publishable. It also takes about 2 weeks for Apple to approve a new issue, meaning that the publication is not as timely as it might be. Dixen added:
"It's funny really because I don't think we would sell many magazines on Android through Apple App Store, but the question is where this is going. They must have 500 people working day in and day out controlling the content. We have to get not only our apps but every single copy of our magazines approved and I wonder what will happen if we choose to make the next issue of our magazine about mobile phones in general a theme issue about Android."
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Inspector replied on Sun, Nov 28 2010 9:12 PM

... why even try... i mean if your going to make a app all about android why even put it in the apple store? Do you expect apple fan boys to read your magazine in the first place???

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EHarler replied on Sun, Nov 28 2010 10:04 PM

Well of course they'll read it. Even apple knows they'll read it, or else they wouldn't reject it.

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they must be writing it wrong.... ahahahah

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acarzt replied on Mon, Nov 29 2010 9:52 AM

lol... Apple doesn't want that propaganda floating around in their App store. What if people found out Andoid was better than iOS? *gasp*

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