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Heresy! Apple Rejects Trent Reznor’s NIN iPhone App Update For ‘Objectionable Content’

I Do Not Want This news to be true, but it is: Apple rejected the NIN app update for “objectionable content.” I have never felt Closer to Trent Reznor than I do today, little Piggy.

And just what was the bad, potty-mouthed content? Why, it was a reference to The Downward Spiral, hence the ridiculous references in the lead of this post.

That’s about all we know for now, but sadly this is yet another example of the increasingly wonky Apple App Store approval/rejection process. Late last month, there was the infamous baby shaking app, which inexplicably managed to get through the approval process, before getting quickly pulled.

Perhaps that major gaffe has made Apple’s trigger finger a bit more itchy as of late? Perhaps. [Trent Reznor’s Twitter via Slashdot]

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Developers Threaten Legal Action Against Apple For Missed App Store Payments

We’ve already heard about the developers upset about late or missing payments from Apple. Now TechCrunch reports that that isn’t the worst of it, and some developers are even threatening legal action. Many of the complaints on the developer forums (1,2) paint a pretty ugly picture of how Apple is treating their developers.

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Updated: Nine Inch Nails App Update: REJECTED!

According to one of Trent Reznor’s latest tweets, an update to the very popular and crafty Nine Inch Nails application has been rejected by Apple.

Apple rejects the NIN iPhone update because it contains objectionable content. The objectionable content referenced is “The Downward Spiral”

For any of you not familar, The Downward Spiral was Reznor’s 1994 hit album that featured the popular song “Closer“. It’s a pretty good guess that is the song that put a halt to this update hitting the App Store. But wait one second… you can purchase this complete album including that particular song right one iTunes?!

Not much to say about this one but wow… just wow.

Update: Our good friend from WMExperts, @PhilNickinson, just sent over a link from the NIN forums where Trent Reznor has posted a bit more information on the rejection. Turns out The Downward Spiral is not even available to listen to in the updated app yet the objectionable content is The Downward Spiral… We are scratching our heads as well.

[Thanks to Juan for the tip!]

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Updated: Nine Inch Nails App Update: REJECTED!


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iPhone Developers Threatening Apple Over Outrageous App Payment Delays

While Apple keeps bragging about one billion iPhone apps sold, some developers are fed up with their outrageous payment delays. Some cases are dramatic, deeply affecting indie developer’s families in the middle of the crisis:

30 something year old family man with bills to pay owed 1,000’s (soon to be 10’s of thousands if March is missed also) here.

I’m with you. I am a 30 year old work-from-home Dad of 2 kids. I’m owed probably about $10k at this point ($2k from past months, $8k from the month with no payments or financial reports yet).

This is a BIG deal for me and my family.

Over $10,000 here. Family, kids, mortgage etc. Mails unanswered etc. In dispair. No where to go. They don’t reply to emails and there is no number. Can’t do anything physically because I’m in the European Union.

Apple still owes me more than $7,500 since September 2008 for US and World regions. I supplied them with a new SWIFT code and a intermediary bank they could use last month, but still nothing. Sent them tons of emails but I never got to know what is really wrong/faulty so I just tried to give them another SWIFT code that DNB (Biggest bank in Norway) uses. All other region payments have been OK.

Apple owes me near $2000 since Feb. Zero payment received. Zero email replies.

Apple acts as a distribution channel for all iPhone OS-based software through their iTunes App Store. They get the micro-payments from the customers, getting a 30% share of each sale. Every month they add the totals and pay developers the 70% in a single money transfer, which—according to the developer contract—should arrive within 45 days of the end of the month.

As you can see, this has not been the case in the quotes above and apparently many others. Months have passed in many instances, and there’s still no sign of the money. In fact, according to developers, the situation is so bad that some are threatening to sue Apple for breach of contract.

If you are a developer and have some horror—or good—stories to share about this, you know where we are. [iphonedevsdk forums and iphonedevsdk forums via TechCrunch]

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Perfect Cocaine Simulator Will Never Make It to the iPhone App Store

This is funny because a) it’s ultra-realistic and b) it is precisely one of the main uses of the iPhone in many clubs all around the world. And you gotta love their on-your-face sales pitch:

Be the envy of in-crowd. Get ejected from nightclubs. Shock and amaze your so-called friends. Get oral sex from Z-list celebrities.

Cocaine in a paragraph, boys and girls. The page claims that the software can be yours for five British pounds ($7.40) and a jailbreak, but people have alerted us that it may be a video. [iSnort]

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Could Sygic be accepted by Apple???

It’s the question of the day, could this GPS mobile application, that helps you find your way on a pre-loaded map with the built-in GPS, be accepted by Apple?

For my point of view, it’s not a competitor with Google Maps on the iPhone, if you have ever tested it while driving, I’m sure you would understand what I mean… But will Apple thinks the same?

Cross fingers!

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News: iPhone app makers become acquisition targets

The success of the App Store has lead several iPhone development houses, and their applications, to become targets for acquisition by larger companies. Following Amazon’s purchase of Lexcycle, maker of the iPhone book-reading application Stanza, IAC, an internet media company that also runs Citysearch, Ask.com, Match.com, and Evite, has announced its acquisition of UrbanSpoon, based in part on the strength and popularity of its iPhone and iPod…

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