Apple bans a magazine that covers Android OS

Mike Cane pointed me at this story this afternoon.

Then a representative from developer relations informed the CEO of Mediaprovider, a small magazine publisher based in Denmark, that he couldn't put a magazine about Google's (GOOG) Android on the App Store.

According to Mediaprovider's Brian Dixon, the exchange went like this:

"So what's the problem?" Dixon asked, knowing full well what the problem was.

"You know... your magazine," replied the Apple rep, who identified himself only as Richard. "It's just about Android.... we can't have that in our App Store."

The bi-monthly publication -- the Android counterpart to an iPhone magazine Dixon began putting out earlier this year -- launched Nov. 11.

So long as you have a gatekeeper you're going to have to kowtow to them no matter how ridiculous or petty the demand. This is why I don't like app stores.

On the other hand, this was probably a stunt rather than a serious endeavour.

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1 Comment on Apple bans a magazine that covers Android OS

  1. Mrawhimskell klaar // 26 November, 2010 at 10:58 pm // Reply

    On the other hand, I can bet an iPhone mag would be welcome in the android market – if it’s not already there – and it wouldn’t even make the news!

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