“Just last week, we had mentioned the issues Apple faced with the Baby Shaker app, approving, then swiftly removing the app. Now one of Apple’s most prominent supporters is frustrated with the app approval process. Trent Reznor, the founder and only official member of the band Nine Inch Nails (NIN) has had the latest update to his praised iPhone app rejected. Due to objectionable content. According to Reznor on his message board, its the inclusion of a profanity-bearing song in the app that’s caused the issue,” TheDigitalLifeStyle.tv reports.
“Reznor points out, in language more colorful than we use here, that the same lyrics can be found in songs available in the iTunes store. Apple has offered content in the store for years, labelled as ‘explicit,'” TDL reports.
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In a message board posting, Reznor writes, “Everyone – let me be clear. I love Apple products and as goofy and out-of-touch as their app approval process / policy is, I will still use them because they work 1000X better than the competition. This is not a debate, it’s a fact. The iPhone is THE most elegant, modern smartphone at this point in time and it’s perfect for what we want to do with the NIN app – except for the ludicrous approval process, and that’s what I want to draw attention to. Android is cool, but nobody has an Android phone. Blackberry is OK but the hardware is inconsistent and WinMo straight-up sucks balls. If Apple doesn’t get it together, we will most certainly make it available to the jailbreak community. I didn’t invest in this app to see it languish on the sidelines from an idiotic policy while this tour is in full swing.”
MacDailyNews Take: Apple has “game ratings” in which games many not be suitable for children under certain ages (4+, 9+, 12+, and 17+) as part of the App Store, so why not ratings for all apps, so that such apps such as Reznor’s can be offered to users of appropriate ages?