App Store blacklist continues, next victim: I Am Rich

App Store blacklist continues, next victim: I Am Rich

Summary: It appears that Apple continues to remove and blacklist applications from the App Store without warning, notice or acknowledgment. First, NullRiver's NetShare tethering application was removed, reappeared and was removed again.

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App Store blacklist continues, next victim: I Am RichIt appears that Apple continues to remove and blacklist applications from the App Store without warning, notice or acknowledgment. First, NullRiver's NetShare tethering application was removed, reappeared and was removed again. Second, the extremely useful Box Office application (renamed to Now Playing) suddenly disappeared.

The third application to disappear into the Cupertino triangle is called I Am Rich, and admittedly stupid US$999.99 app that merely displays an image of a glowing red ruby that "always reminds you (and others when you show it to them) that you were rich enough to afford this." According to the author, Armin Heinrich "it's a work of art with no hidden function at all." Yikes.

Maybe Apple dumped it because of Lee5279xx's complaint in his one star review where he claims to have purchased it by "mistake" and that he "forgot my wife had "iclick" (sic) activated on my laptop."

It's obvious that I Am Rich was removed due to a subjective decision based on taste – I doubt that it was crashing people's iPhones. Apple has now become the arbiter of good taste, at best and an evil censor at worst. Apple needs to establish some clear policies on App Store submissions before there's a developer backlash from their apparent random veto power.

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  • When are they taking it further?

    Are these going to hit the blacklist on the phone too?
    rpmyers1
  • Apple is simply clarifying who owns the iPhone

    The message is clear: [b]Apple[/b] owns the iPhone, not you. The fact that you pay the bills is irrelevant.

    On another note, I feel kind of sorry for Jason. I'm sure he could make much more money if it was Microsoft who was doing this. There would be at least 500 talkbacks by "outraged" posters telling all of us that we should switch to Apple. :)
    NonZealot
    • who needs 500 talkbacks

      when we have you? ;)
      lostarchitect
      • Actually...

        I think his output is about 5000 garbage talkbacks a day so... yeah.....us crazy kool-aid drinkers gots us some spammings to catches ups on....
        theoxygenthief
  • Clear policies would remove

    Apple's ability to create or modify policies "on the run" as Apple wants to change them.

    Why allow an application that competes directly with an upcomning Apple product the ability to run on the iPhone?

    Better to wipe it and have the user replace it with the new Apple offering.
    GuidingLight
  • But we are missing the real question that needs to be asked

    "How do these apps keep getting through Apple's 'strict' review process only to be pulled later?"

    One app broke the agreement with AT&T and Apple regarding tethering...but made it past only to be later pulled after some people had already purchased it.

    Who knows what was wrong with the Box Office app....seemed benign enough.

    This one....should never have made it in. On principle alone if for no other technical reason.

    Where's the QC they're famous for?
    laura.b
    • Where's the QC they're famous for?

      I've been asking that ever since the iPhone came out.
      russguill
      • QC was obviously "downsized" and "offshored"

        ...and that was before Leopard came out - not just the iPhone.
        Wolfie2K3
  • oh i didnt see this coming.. but why are you complaining?

    Yes yes yes.. i know they cleared other applications that had nothing to do with this outrageous one..

    Its THEIR site, THEY can do what THEY want. If you dont like it, dont buy APPLE products. Money sends a powerful message.

    /rant.
    Been_Done_Before
  • RE: App Store blacklist continues, next victim: I Am Rich

    I am going to write "I Am smart" a programme that displays a crystal looking brain a light bulb. Thats all it will do and give it away for free......
    d_odvar@...
  • Apple just got jealous

    Can't have anyone else ripping people off for a lack of features.

    That's their job.
    tonymcs@...
  • RE: App Store blacklist continues, next victim: I Am Rich

    He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither freedom nor security.
    micks_tricks
  • RE: App Store blacklist continues, next victim: I Am Rich

    I must agree with Been_Done_Before...

    Apple's online store is Apple's property, and can go along way towards improving or damaging Apple's reputation...and as such it is THEIR SOLE RESPONSIBILITY as to what is not only posted, but offered FOR SALE on their site...even if they say otherwise in fine print. What if an app has a security flaw (which JUST CAN'T HAPPEN to Apple...right?) or spyware? Would the computing community allow Apple to disavow themselves? Not likely. If their online business model implies otherwise, then they need to EXPLICITLY state their posting policy, just like any other website...put some adults in charge, and begin properly vetting their wares. The fact that "I am Rich" describes EXACTLY what it does likely will absolve the author of any culpability (assuming of course that there is no hidden payload), but the fact that some moron went browsing an online shopping page with a program running that would "take the work out of clicking" likely will NOT absolve him, as the promised value was delivered, and really can not be UN-delivered...just like trying to return opened software to a brick-and-mortar store. I wonder if this same proud purchaser of "I am Rich" lets his kids have their own copies of his credit cards?

    I would be impressed (or at least amused) if someone clones "I am Rich" and gives it away free, if only so to impress people who know about the real app...like if someone took the guts out of a MacBook Air and replaced it with those of a pc...making the fashion statement AND being able to play video games AND run the remaining 90% of software on the market...like having your Apple and eating it too!

    (I suspect Apple Polishers will take offence to that...which is why I edited my original thought:"modding it into a real computer"...)

    So here's my opinion, in case anyone cares:
    "I am Rich" = genius opportunistic idea showing great sense of humor.
    "Apple Store"=great idea that needs clearer policy (or at least a better sense of humor)
    "Apple computers"=pricey machines that has carved out a niche for themselves, which I HOPE TO GOD never take over the industry, not that there's real concern, and finally
    "iclick shopper"(sic)=either the one guy in the whole world that can proudly wear his iPhone and have it proclaim for all to see that indeed he is rich, or a guy that had more dollars than sense.
    michael.tindall@...
  • They want "useful" apps

    whatever that means.
    3dguru