Apple Bans Android Magazine From The App Store

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It's not that surprising (given previous bans), but Apple recently rejected a small Danish Android magazine app from the App Store. It's unlikely that many people would've bought the magazine in the first place, which makes it an odd-ish ban.

According to the CEO of Mediaprovider, a small magazine publisher based in Denmark, Apple didn't let his magazine about Android become available in the App Store. According to him, his conversation with Apple went like this:

"So what's the problem?" Dixon asked, knowing full well what the problem was.

"You know... your magazine," replied the Apple rep, who identified himself only as Richard. "It's just about Android.... we can't have that in our App Store."

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If they had approved it, it's likely no one would even know about it. But now that it's banned, it's almost free publicity for the magazine. [Media Watch via Fortune]

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kaisermachead
kaisermachead

"So what's the problem?"

I'll bet he knew exactly what the "problem" was to begin with. It's basically just a magazine about the operating system (likely about features and updates inherent) and the phones that use them. At this point if you think that a proprietary application distributor is going to just allow a publication that discusses competing products is going to be allowed, you're either just looking to get some exposure, or you're an ignorant tool. I'm guessing that this is the former. Anyone who seriously wants to get around Apple's app restrictions, while catering to the device's users, could just as easily create a web app (I doubt very much that this magazine has a lot of features that would require being a local application on the phone).

It's been said earlier in this thread that it would be like selling a magazine for BMW at a Mercedes dealership, and that's correct. A retailer like Target or Walmart wouldn't have fliers and catalogs from other stores within their walls either.

I see no problem here at all.