It seems that we have yet another addition to the growing list of rejected iPhone apps, with the latest rejection being a BitTorrent control App called Drivetrain.
In its rejection letter to the developer, Apple wrote:
…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.”
It should be pointed out, however, that the app itself does not download or upload any data. Rather, the app allows users to remotely control and manage the BitTorrent client “Transmission”. On one hand, I can see where Apple is coming from. While there’s nothing inherently illegal about BitTorrent, what percentage of BitTorrent actually use the service for legal purposes?
Still, is it really up to Apple to make that judgment call? I mean, there are a large number of perfectly legal torrents floating around as well. And seeing as the app itself is used merely as a means to access the desktop app, why does Apple really care? In all honestly, it seems a bit ridiculous that Mac users can download 20GB worth of movie files a day via Transmission, but an iPhone app which allows those same users to manage the app from afar is frowned upon.
It seems that almost every week now there’s a new controversy regarding Apple’s submission policies regarding the iTunes App Store, and it appears that Apple just can’t win. One week it’s criticized for being too lenient, and the next its criticized for being too draconian.
What do you guys think about Apple rejecting Drivetrain? Please chime-in in the comments below.