I am sitting here so pissed I can barely contain myself due to the actions of Apple in conjunction with the denial of two podcasting applications from being listed in the Apple App store. Their actions smell like typical anti-competitive business practices. While many developers are getting their applications approved those that have been rejected are potentially losing 100’s of thousands of dollars in development expenses and lost revenue.
The PR damage to Apple will be significant as companies like mine shift development dollars completely to the Android platform due to them stifling competition . Plus companies that were expending development dollars in the iPhone Application space need now be worried that their investment may be flushed down the toilet if there iPhone applications are rejected due to in my opinion Apple’s anti-competitive practices.
As of today, I am going to say goodbye using my iPhone! I will be switching to a Google based Android handset. My wife had wanted an iMac and I can guarantee you there will be no way I am buying another Mac, iPod and whatever other new fangled device they have for the foreseeable future.
Apple has also revoked the ability for the developer of the Podcaster application to distribute the application outside of the Apple Apps store as they promised during the launch of the App Store. For those of you that are Apple Fan boys these actions should make you sit up and question Apple’s motives. Maybe it is time for a DOJ probe into Apple’s Actions.