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Snowtape Approval denied by Apple

Dear Customers,

I am sorry to tell you that the release of Snowtape for iPhone has to be delayed for an unknown period. Tonight at 11 p.m. I got a call from Steve Rea of iPhone Developer Relations telling me that they can not approve Snowtape for iPhone. Effectively he said that Apple can not publish an app that records audio from an internet stream and store it permanently on the iPhone and of cause he explictly said that we can not have a function in our app for re-distribution of these recordings. What he meant is that Apple can not allow you folks to record internet radio and store it as MP3 on your local storage. Of course I tried to asked him about the paragraph in the iPhone Developer SDK agreement, we are violating. His sole words were, that there are lots of things missing in the SDK agreement and that they can not foresee any circumstance that leads to a denial of an app. That‘s right! We did not violate any paragraph of the SDK, yet they forbid us distributing our app.

After I hang up the phone I could not believe that there is no app in the App Store that can record internet radio and stores the audio for later playback. And of course I have found at least 3 apps that do exactly like this:

So, is this another sad story about a great app that suffers from an unfair and arbitrary approval process? I hope not. After all we put 3 months of hard work into Snowtape for iPhone not to mention the days of work by our graphic designer and beta testers. I still hope that Apple will come around and really starts a discussion with us about what we can do to get Snowtape approved for sale.

Yours,
Martin

March 26th, 2010 • Permalink


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