Apple Rejects BitTorrent-Based Drivetrain Application

Posted May 12, 2009

Yesterday I wrote about how Apple rejected an application called Me So Holy over objectionable content and today I’ll be talking about how a BitTorrent-based application will be rejected.  The company behind Drivetrain, Maza Digital received a letter from Apple stating that ?this category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing third party rights. We have chosen to not publish this type of application to the App Store.?

Drivetrain is a remote control application that allows users to monitor torrent downloads from their phone that is taking place on their computer.  Drivetrain has the ability to pause, resume, and remove torrents along with the ability to monitor torrent activity.  Another feature is the ability to add torrents using a built-in web browser.

Maza stated that the rejection is not only ridiculous, but also pointed out that Drivetrain doesn’t download anything on its own.  It is up to the user whether they decide to infringe third party rights or not.

David Muzi, an iPhone developer pointed out that another application called Trackr allows users to remotely queue torrents to begin downloading on a computer.  This is a similar feature that Drivetrain has built-in and is the reason why Apple rejected them.

[via iLounge]