Apple’s rejection of Google Voice on the iPhone doesn’t bode well for them

By July 29, 2009Apple, Mobile

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On the way in this morning I was thinking about Apple’s rejection of the Google Voice iPhone application, whether they will approve Spotify’s app (I really hope so), what it all means for the ecosystem and whether I should write a blog post on the topic.  Then I saw the following on Techdirt which sums up my thoughts perfectly:

As we wait to hear if Spotify’s mobile app gets approved (I heard a rumor that it was, but have seen no proof yet), we hear of another questionable Apple iPhone rejection: the Google Voice iPhone app has been forbidden from the iPhone, though the reasons aren’t entirely clear. Still, it does show that Apple doesn’t care who you are, or how big a name. If it doesn’t like your app, too bad. Once again, this seems like an argument for why more open solutions will win out in the end. Not only do users not have to worry about arbitrary rejections like this, but innovation will happen much faster on open platforms where each innovation doesn’t need to be approved by a mercurial secret cabal.

In the long run Apple will not win out if it continues to put its partners and own interests ahead of its customers interests.

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  • Perhaps short term profit will kill apple as platform. Probably client versus web as well.

  • Nick, it's simple enough. If Spotify is blocked on the iPhone, then I'm switching to Android. Somehow I really do feel though that Apple is not thinking about the long term. I sure hope they surprise me, proving me wrong.

  • It may be of interest that we have just had an free promotional app rejected by Apple on the basis that the flip screen had a link to the global music client website for a free download.

    Of course we also had a link to iTunes for the full paid for album but it seems Apple didn't like the link to the free offer on another platform claiming “…it confused their users…” (!).

    We immediately stripped out the free link and re-submitted and after another 8 day wait (we've waited 28 days in total now) we still don't have approval losing us any promotional value we may have gained as the album has been out for two weeks now…

    I totally agree that more open platforms are clearly the way forward.

  • Another good example of Apple's poor understanding of the way partners should be treated

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