‘RSSPlayer’ Rejected Again For Picture Of iPhone In Album Artwork
Apple has denied RSSPlayer from the App Store yet again, this time for the same reason as Rogue Amoeba: containing a picture of an iPhone. In it’s previous life as Podcaster, the app could subscribe to, download, and listen to podcasts directly on the iPhone. Apple rejected it for duplicating the services provided by the podcast section of iTunes and the iPod app, but later let it in after a name change and a slight change in functionality.
The picture is the official graphic for the podcast “The iPhone Spotlight”. The image is shown during the splash screen displayed while the app is launching. Apple notified the developer of their verdict in an email:
“We have received an email from the app review department at Apple. They have rejected the app due to an image of the iPhone that appeared on the Default splash screen.”
In the graphic below, it’s in the top row, center-right, with a circle and arrow pointing it out (not part of the original graphic, obviously):
The situation exemplifies one of the biggest hypocrisies in the App Store approval process, as pointed out in a question from Guy English on by John Gruber on Daring Fireball:
Good question raised by Guy English: Why is it OK for the new Star Wars: Trench Run iPhone game to include this image of an iPhone [left], when many other apps, like for example Instapaper, have been rejected for including original icon artwork that merely resembles an iPhone? [right]
Apple’s overly protective defense of images of their products is what drove Rogue Amoeba out of the business altogether. They faced the same problem, where Apple denied an update to their app, Airfoil Speakers Touch [App Store, Free] for displaying a picture of the Apple device that music was being streamed from. To get the update pushed through, they replaced all of the pictures of devices with the Electronic Frontiers Foundation logo, which linked to a page explaining the reason for the change.
We don’t know the answer to Guy English’s question, but Apple’s actions definitely don’t seem fair. If you agree, than we recommend reading Rogue Amoeba’s page about the EFF.