Apple: All your I* belong to us
The Iphone web app Podcaster allows you to listen to audio and video podcasts by streaming just like the web app but it also allows you to download podcasts and listen to them when your offline or on edge.
To easily get an application on an Iphone, you want it on Apples Itunes Store (DRM included). But this is only possible, if Apple „likes” your Software. In case of podcaster, this was not the case, and Apple did not allow the software into the Itunes store. The reason:
Apple Rep says: Since Podcaster assists in the distribution of podcasts, it duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes.
But hey, it’s Apple. So all the Apple-fanboys still think that Macbooks, Iphones, Ipods and Itunes are the best invention since sliced bread, happily ignoring Apples arbitrariness, it’s misuse if market position and ignorance of markets outside the US. If Microsoft would limit, what applications are allowed to run on Windows, Zune, or a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD aka. Windows Mobile Devicde) …
That example gives me one more reason, why the Ipods in my vincinity are managed by Winamp and not by Itunes.
But back to Podcaster. It can be installed on any iPhone or iPod touch running firmware 2.0 or higher. You DO NOT need to jailbreak your device. They are „giving it away as a free gift” when they receive a donation of $9.99 or more.
But get this:
The program should work for a minimum of one year but since Apple can turn it off remotely, the 1 year installation is not guaranteed. We will do everything in our power to keep the program working.
Is that believable? OK, I understand Apple, that they do not want to get into the situation Microsoft got with it’s „open” plattform, where a bad third-party app could chrash the system and putting the blame in Microsoft, but handing the final decision on what I install on MY device not to me, but to some faceless, US-based company? WTF? And there are still a lot of ISV writing software for the Iphone. I don’t get it.