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Apple Bans Android Magazine From App Store

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Apple rejected an Android-based digital magazine.

Danish magazine publisher Mediaprovider received a call from Apple last week informing that its Android-based digital magazine was rejected. Although the news isn't surprising, managing director Brian Dixen believes the Cupertino-based company has crossed the line.

Mediaprovider currently publishes “iPhone Magasinet” on Apple's App Store, an iPhone-based magazine in addition to other apps and virtual magazines. Typically the magazine approval process takes up to 14 days, making it difficult to stay up to date. According to Dixen, Mediaprovider's gadget magazine "Gear" takes the longest to approve, blaming the mag's customary front page "babe" as the usual holdup.

However with the latest batch of submittals, the publisher decided to include "Android Magasinet," a magazine dedicated to Google's mobile OS. Dixen said that he eventually received a call from an Apple executive reporting that there was a problem with one of the submitted magazines. Dixen knew it had nothing to do with Gear's front cover. No, the problem had Google written all over it.

So when Dixen asked what the problem was, the Apple executive hesitantly responded with the answer Dixen already knew. "You know... your magazine... it's just about Android.... we can't have that in our App Store."

"It's funny really because I don't think we would sell many magazines on Android through Apple App Store, but the question is where this is going," Dixen later told MediaWatch. "I wonder what will happen if we choose to make the next issue of our magazine about mobile phones in general a theme issue about Android."

Is Dixen correct? Has Apple crossed the line? Has Apple censorship violated freedom of speech (press)? At the time of this writing, Apple was unavailable for comment.

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    phate , November 29, 2010 10:36 PM
    Apple locks down there software/hardware and doesn't play well with others???!!??
    The like to keep a draconian lid on their ecosystem?

    This is news to me!
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    animehair , November 29, 2010 10:52 PM
    Ive never bought a single apple product because of this exact type of philosopy which manifests itself across all their products in one form or another...
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    tpi2007 , November 29, 2010 10:37 PM
    "Has Apple crossed the line? Has Apple censorship violated freedom of speech (press)?"

    They do it everyday; it a philosophy Steve carries in his head.

    Of course they crossed the line, but I would just suggest they do a website; Steve still can't control what sites people read. When that day comes, Tom's must publish EVEN MORE articles about Apple than they do now in order to get Steve's seal of iApproval ;) 
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  • 26 Hide
    phate , November 29, 2010 10:36 PM
    Apple locks down there software/hardware and doesn't play well with others???!!??
    The like to keep a draconian lid on their ecosystem?

    This is news to me!
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    tpi2007 , November 29, 2010 10:37 PM
    "Has Apple crossed the line? Has Apple censorship violated freedom of speech (press)?"

    They do it everyday; it a philosophy Steve carries in his head.

    Of course they crossed the line, but I would just suggest they do a website; Steve still can't control what sites people read. When that day comes, Tom's must publish EVEN MORE articles about Apple than they do now in order to get Steve's seal of iApproval ;) 
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    sykozis , November 29, 2010 10:44 PM
    Is anyone actually surprised by this?
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    FloKid , November 29, 2010 10:47 PM
    No one should know about Apple's denials.
  • 24 Hide
    animehair , November 29, 2010 10:52 PM
    Ive never bought a single apple product because of this exact type of philosopy which manifests itself across all their products in one form or another...
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    rohitbaran , November 29, 2010 10:53 PM
    No surprises.
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    onyx_64 , November 29, 2010 10:56 PM
    !care.
  • 11 Hide
    shovenose , November 29, 2010 10:57 PM
    apple is bad
  • 9 Hide
    Pyroflea , November 29, 2010 11:05 PM
    This is so stuck up it's not even funny.
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    the_krasno , November 29, 2010 11:08 PM
    NetherscourgeIt's called business.You expect Microsoft to allow Playstation 3 advertising on it's Xbox Live service? Of course not.


    It's called bad business. Money is money.
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    Miharu , November 29, 2010 11:09 PM
    For me, Apple cross the line long time ago.

    Your iPhone could be cool but the company who make it are more EVIL than any histories that you hear before about Micro$oft.

    This just point about the "thinkness" of the company called Apple.
    I'm pretty sure there is no rule who don't allow magazine about Android, so why is banned ?
    I see just one thing... "No auto-glorification of the saint-Apple".

    Apple fanboy call me "Hater"? why? Because I don't like the saint-Apple like them.
    I don't like Apple... not their gadgets... but the company.
    I don't feel like be a "Hater" for that.

    But, I finally know how to call people who call me Hater... I'll call them "Fascism".
    Quote:
    Fascism is a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology. Fascists seek to organize a nation according to corporatist perspectives, values, and systems, including the political system and the economy.

    (thank wikipedia)
  • 7 Hide
    Albyint , November 29, 2010 11:10 PM
    I mean, who could have predicted this?

    /end sarcasm
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    qu3becker , November 29, 2010 11:56 PM
    Breaking News:
    Apple Bans the Bible Apps. The Apple executive hesitantly responded. "You know... your Apps... it's just about Catholicism.... we can't have that in our App Store. We instead have our own version that is about Steve Jobs who is the real god"
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    dapneym , November 30, 2010 12:01 AM
    Of course it's crossing the line, but it's how Apple works; that shouldn't surprise anyone.
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    randomizer , November 30, 2010 12:24 AM
    Apple owns the App Store, they have every right to control the content on it. Do I think they should have banned this publication? No, of course not, it's a petty thing to do. But I don't have any real problem with them doing what they want with a service they provide. Nobody needs to use the App Store if they don't want to. If you don't agree with Apple's control over it, don't agree to use it.
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    alyoshka , November 30, 2010 2:59 AM
    That's really LAME......
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    Anonymous , November 30, 2010 3:08 AM
    As is Freedom of Speech has anything to do with this. It's Apple, not the Federal Government. They don't want to host an app that pimps a competitor's product. and I don't blame them.

    There are tons of legitimate gripes people have with Apple but this is a non-story.
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    Anonymous , November 30, 2010 3:12 AM
    lol at people calling it fascism... can we get any more dramatic?
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    EVILNOD , November 30, 2010 4:38 AM
    I'm not apple fanboy or anything, but it does call "apple store". its their store and they have the right to control what content on it.
    Beside, why would apple want a direct competitor's product in their store?? i would say they are crazy if they let this little e-magazine post. its like try to pitch sale a AT&T phone plan in Verzion store, not gonna happen in real life.

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