Popular iPhone app ‘Box Office’ goes missing in Apple’s App Store

“Last week, Apple quietly stopped distributing NetShare, put it back up, and now appears to have pulled it again. But what could we expect? It was a piece of software allowing users to transform their iPhones into Wi-Fi hotspots,” Mark Wilson reports for Gizmodo.

“This weekend, however, with no notice to the developer or reasonable explanation, Apple has pulled the popular free movie finder app Box Office from the App Store,” Wilson reports.

According to the report, the developer of Box Office received no notice from Apple that the app would be pulled or had any response to emails asking what’s going on:
I’m in regular contact with all my data providers, and none of them have had an issue with my app. Indeed, the response was the exact opposite. They like my app and have even asked if i would do custom application work for them in the future. Furthermore, all the data I use is licensed by the owners as ‘free for non commercial use’. i.e. precisely what Box Office is. So I’m stuck here not knowing what has happened, or what i can do about it.

Wilson hypothesizes, “There must be something going on under the surface—an undiscovered security flaw, maybe.”

Full article here.

33 Comments

  1. If Apple keep pulling Apps off the store like this, it will put people off making apps for the iPhone/iPod touch.

    At least tell the developer why it was pulled. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”shut eye” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Security flaw MY A$$

    AT&T;has BANNED p2p traffic from it’s 3G network (laptop connect cards).

    http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6582213.html

    So “Box Office” also is banned because it allows iPhones to be WiFi hotspots, increasing network traffic.

    Comcast got into big trouble with the FCC for throttling bandwidth when it’s supposed to be “unlimited use” as well.

    These companies know darn well what they are doing, they complain that a few are taking over 50% of the traffic to make more profits throttling folks usage.

    Instead they need to increase their technology to handle the increase in population and new subscribers.

    There are new network protocols that greatly increase the compression and allow very fast downloads of large files so there is no excuse for this sh*t.

  3. This bad policy by Apple needs to change rapidly. I am not a proponent of hitting on Apple, as I understand marketing is 90% of why they do things, for momentary better or worse situations.

    That said, with both Applications, Box Office and NetShare, Apple not giving the developer any information reveals devs worst fears – Apple will act as a tyranny, judge and juror in all iApp products, and need no answer to anyone.

    This is not the way in which Apple should approach their developers – not even close. Apple should be full throttle on communicating issue and methodology was to why or why not applications are approved, not approved, pulled, etc…

  4. I noticed that there is a “mobileInstall” framework from the Jailbreake community. You replace the original framework with this one and you can install application with iTunes with out using app store.

    I believe that this “post unpost” applications has something to do whit this hack and may be Apple is pulling applications from the App store to make sure they do not work with any other framework (aka Installer 2.0).

  5. And thus the big problem with having one company act as a gatekeeper for any software being added to a product purchased by consumers.

    This is why I think the AppStore, as the *only* way to add software to an iPhone, is a horrible idea. If you’re so concerned about “legitimate” software, or “vetted” software, fine, buy only through the AppStore. But for other people, let them purchase or install software from where ever they want. It’s no different than our Macs. If Apple ever tried to force all Mac owners to purchase/install software only from an Apple Store, there’d be a revolt.

    I just cannot understand why so many people think that having the AppStore be the only source for software for an iPhone is such a good idea.

  6. Please

    Some of you out there, least one or two

    Must have gotten Nullsoft’s NetShare

    During one of its appearances

    Please, would you post it somewhere ?

    Bittorrent or Usenet or even a www

    Thanks, BC

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