But, as Mobile Entertainment puts it, “one particular stipulation will meet with resounding cheers” from the industry which hates its own customers.
“An app called µMonitor, which lets people monitor their downloads on the uTorrent BitTorrent client, has been rejected by Apple, with the company’s letter to its developer referring to a wider ban on all BitTorrent iPhone apps,” says the story.
‘Good for Apple!’ – say Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music and their RIAA.
But that’s not a problem.
µMonitor, created to allow users to monitor their downloads on the uTorrent BitTorrent client, has gone underground.
“After putting months of hard work into getting the software ready for a public release, the developer Claudio was told by Apple that everything related to BitTorrent has been banned from their App Store,” says TorrentFreak.
Says Claudio »»»
Given the recent interest on my torrent-monitoring application (thank you to the guys at torrentfreak.com for finding it out and writing about it), I announce that I will start development of the application once more to try and satisfy user requests (and fix a few bugs that I know are around).
And Claudio does, of course, owe a vote of thanks to Steve and his Not-So-Merry-Men for giving his application such a huge boost in the world media.
“µMonitor is not available on the App Store because Apple rejected it as they do not want any `torrent` application on the iPhone,” says Redmond Pie, therefore, “you will need a jailbroken iPhone to install uMonitor from Cydia.
“Complete step by step instructions for jailbreaking iPhone and iPod touch can be found here. Once you have jailbroken your iPhone, goto Cydia and add ‘http://repo.theiphonebay.org’.”
Apple has, however, given the nod to a large corporate entity — VoIP firm Vonage.
“Vonage Holdings Corp., the New Jersey Internet phone carrier, climbed as much as 36 percent in extended trading after it said Apple Inc. approved its mobile- phone application for the iPhone and iPod Touch devices,” says Bloomberg News, adding:
Vonage is testing the application and will give details on its release later, the Holmdel, New Jersey-based company said today in a statement. The company isn’t providing details on what the application does for ‘competitive reasons,’ spokesman Michael Zema said …”
Good job, Apple. You look more like the RIAA every day.
Mobile Entertainment – Apple rejects BitTorrent-related iPhone app µMonitor, September 1, 2009
TorrentFreak – uTorrent iPhone App Rejected by Apple, Goes Underground, August 31, 2009
Claudio – Monitor strikes back, September 1, 2009
Redmond Pie – Control uTorrent from iPhone, August 26, 2009
Bloomberg News – Vonage Jumps After Winning Approval for Apple IPhone Program
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