Third Largest App Store Developer Gets Banned, For Sucking

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Perfect Acumen, purveyors of such fine $5 apps as "Top Sexy Ladies: Audrina Patridge" and "Skin Care Updates," has had its dev license revoked, and its 900 applications pulled. Is Apple's banhammer finally growing a brain?

Yes and no. No, in the sense that this, the removal of the third most prolific app-shitter in the whole store, doesn't have anything to do with a change in policy or an increase in transparency. Yes, in the sense that Apple is finally enforcing some of their clearer prior rules. Like, "DON'T STEAL THINGS." From Apple's letter to the wonderfully named Perfect Acumen:

Apple has informed you of numerous third party intellectual property complaints concerning over 100 of your Applications and reminded you of your obligations to obtain the necessary rights prior to submission of your Applications. Nevertheless, we continue to receive the same or similar types of complaints regarding your Applications despite our repeated notices to you.

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Knocking nearly a thousand spam apps out of a total of 50,000 or so is a start, but not enough. How about this new plan, for Apple: expend all that energy you were using to get your customers blindingly angry for no good reason on clearing out asinine, infringing crap like this. You're welcome! [MobileCrunch]

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Re: your last comment.

I will use my new iPhone 3GS for 2 years, then I will see if I want to stay on this platform or move to Android, or WebOS, or whatever. By then, all of my music will be DRM-less, so it doesn't matter about that investment. I'll get plenty of value out of the 3GS in that time, even though other platforms may be doing things I can't, the reverse is true as well.

Is 2 years a long time? Not really, I have had so many devices and operating systems I don't really care. So if Apple is still behaving like this in 2 years, maybe I'll change, and maybe I won't. What I won't do is whinge, whinge, whinge about Apple when I knew before I bought the 3GS what they were like. They've been doing this for over 25 years, so what do you expect?