Apple Blocks Update of iTunes 11 Notifier App

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Another to file in the “Apple changes its mind a lot about app approvals” bin. A developer created a Mac app to use Notification Center to show what iTunes 11 or Spotify was playing. Handy, cool, useful. The app was approved, but when an update was submitted—allegedly to just allow people to turn off the menubar icon—Apple rejected it.

The story comes via The Loop:

Farouk told The Loop that Apple rejected an update to the app this week claiming that showing the “iTunes ‘now playing’ or track changes is a misuse of Notification Center.”

Here’s the funny thing. The app was already approved and in the Mac App Store for some time with the notification functionality working perfectly. Apple rejected the app when Farouk submitted an update adding a preference to remove the menu bar icon. No changes were made to the notification functionality in the update, according to Farouk.
Via:The Loop

The strangest thing, maybe not really given Apple’s track record with app approvals, is that the app is still in the Mac App Store—Listening To—Jim Dalrymple bought the app last night and said it still works fine.

Yes, this goes to the heart of why people jailbreak devices. That Apple’s closed system for app approvals is both a blessing and a curse. It’s great when really bad or malicious apps are kept out of the store, not so great when really good apps or features are blocked because Apple doesn’t like them.

In the end, we either choose to opt in…or not.

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  • Pacomacman

    Read the 1st paragraph, appalling English! More care maybe needs to be taken before posting.

    • http://twitter.com/KrajewskiCasey Casey

      This site has been going down hill for some time. : (

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    OH GOD ! it’s not just me noticing that reading through this website can often be a regression. it comes across like a brain wash from russian communists countries sometimes, giving US headache and even leaving priority tasks behind for they get forgotten. we never considered the risk we’ve taken by allowing x-URSS countries to join E.U. and in fact, it is now getting unbearable for all of US landlords in western capitalist Europe . accepting kids taking US back to childhood age with the insane communist teachings, (addicted, obsessive, fanatic about sharing) isn’t something we should be under-evaluate. after all, what have they got to share with US in exchange? what are they bringing to US? the only benefit we can actually see from london, (uk ), perspective is, at least they clean all the trash taken or generated by their own nationals visiting as tourists in the city. these communists countries citizens (EX SOVIET UNION) are pollution addicted and generate non recyclable trash as much as northern african countries citizens do and including rome and the vatican followers that have turned out being so ignorant and all the same kind of individuals, non graduated. (WE ALL WANT TO BE THE SAME , ALL EQUALS, they asked and those african fags in the vatican gave them what they asked for, they made – designed – them all in the same, like african negroes of catholic missions in africa). marc

    • RD

      what f..k