Heard the story of podcaster? Seems a guy had a great idea for an iPhone app – an app that allows the downloading of podcasts independently of iTunes – makes sense huh – allows the users to slice and dice it however they wish?
Unfortunately that sort of slicing and dicing is anathema to Apple who decided in their wisdom to reject the app from the App store – it seems slicing and dicing is fine so long as it doesn’t hurt Apple in any way.
So Alex Sokirynsky, the developer of podcaster, found a backdoor way to distribute his app – using a little known function that was designed for enterprise application deployment – and downloading from a store he set up.
If this was Microsoft – you’d hear the hounds baying all the way from Redmond – but somehow Cupertino tends not to suffer from those sort of repercussions.
Anyway – I reckon Alex should be congratulated – both on the app itself, and on his dogged determination to let the world see it. I’m not an iPhone user (for reasons alluded to above) but if you are – go and check out his site.