Apple App Store Blocking Without Explanation Needs To Stop

Posted Aug 4, 2008

Putting applications together that are compatible for the iPhone and the iPod Touch is not easy.  Yet Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is being proactive in blocking applications from the App Store mysteriously.  An application called NetShare was removed, put back online, and then removed again.  No communication for why this is happening was sent to Nullriver, the creators of NetShare.

Now another application has joined the list of unexplained disappearances from the App Store.  This application is called BoxOffice:

The Box Office application helps users find movie show times and aggregates movie reviews from  As far as I know, this application also does not violate any developer rules.  On a forum at MacRumors, the developer of BoxOffice wrote the following message in response to his app being removed:

“I’m the developer of BoxOffice.

Apple pulled the app yesterday without giving [me] any notification that they were doing it, or what their justification was for removing it.

I’ve tried to contact them about the issue, but it’s been a complete dead end. If anyone has a useful contact number for apple, please let me know.

I’m in regular contact with all my data providers, and none of them have had an issue with my app. Indeed, the response was the exact opposite. They like my app and have even asked if i would do custom application work for them in the future. Furthermore, all the data i use is licensed by the owners as ‘free for non commercial use’. i.e. precisely what BoxOffice is.

So i’m stuck here not knowing what has happened, or what i can do about it. If any of you have any ideas, please let me know.”

Apple needs to publicly write why these applications are being blocked otherwise it will give them a bad image.  The press will constantly bash Apple for deleting the work of hard-working developers.  This is not the kind of bad ink that Apple needs after a New York Times writer publicized that Steve Jobs called him a slime bucket.

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