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.