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App Store Podcasts

Since our post on Airfoil Speakers Touch and our decision to stop developing for the iPhone, we’ve seen a lot of coverage on the issue. Recently, I had a chance to sit down and chat on two different podcasts, to go into more depth on the problems we saw and problems with the App Store in general.

First up, I spoke with Chuck Joiner on MacVoices, which is always a good time. Chuck and I went in depth on the benefits and problems of the App Store.

As well, I was part of the show on the iPhone Alley Podcast, with Michael Johnston, Jeff Gamet, and Adam Christianson. We covered some of the same ground, as well as discussing what other developers have seen and experienced.

Ultimately, we at Rogue Amoeba want to see the iPhone platform be viable for us to develop on. It’s a young platform, and Apple is learning, so talking about this helps. As we pointed out on the iPhone Alley podcast, you can share your own feedback directly with Apple, via their Feedback page.

4 Responses to “App Store Podcasts”

  1. tremolux says:

    You are more likely to be able to improve the system from the inside rather than giving up. Please reconsider your position.

  2. Steven says:

    I think you should continue to develop and submit. Go back to the original version with the icon sharing and everything. Keep improving and submitting to the App Store as well as submitting to the jailbreak community. Ignore any rejections you get by Apple, and just submit again when you have a new version.

    This sends a much clearer message to Apple: we want to and are developing for the iPhone, but you are just keeping your customers from our product. Your product will also be added to the many reasons people have to jailbreak, which can only force Apple into a more lenient position.

  3. Lawrence says:

    If you think for even one moment that your decision will have any effect on Apple you are sorely mistaken. You are cutting your own throat to make your point. Steve Jobs can be very vindictive when he wants to be (read the book iCon). You may find yourself on the outside looking in, banned all together from ever submitting an iPhone app again.

    Developing for the jailbroken market would be another big mistake. It would only serve to further alienate you from Apple.

  4. Brian says:

    I have to say that after listening to your position it seems to me that you could submit your program with your own icons, instead of using Apple’s. There may be some legal reason that they asked you to change your submission. Is this totally unreasonable? What if someone used your funny little icons in a way that you felt was unclear to the consumer?

    As an iPhone user I have to say that the application environment is a joy to use and the download process through iTunes is fun and very “Apple” in its simplicity. I do not think of my iPhone the same way that I do my computer in terms of downloading software and taking a chance if it will work, or disrupt my user experience. I do expect my iPhone to work as a phone ALWAYS and so far it has.

    Please reconsider your position and keep developing for the iPhone. Competition is a good thing and so is a healthy discussion. Absence, however, does not always make the heart grow fonder…

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