Apple and HMV fall out over new app
We reported on HMV's new app and how they were trying to revive themselves by selling downloads and the like. Well, Apple aren't at all pleased and have removed HMV's new iOS app from its App Store because, basically, no-one is allowed to sell music apart from Apple.
This dispute emerged on Twitter, where chairman of HMV Paul McGowan, had a rant, saying: "After the first 5000 downloads of the #hmvapp overnight we get the first rumblings of discontent from Cupertino."
"Apple have politely asked us to remove the #hmvapp from the AppStore. We have politely declined."
McGowan later said that the app had been approved by Apple on 15th September and then slated the company for setting an "unrealistic 6pm deadline" for HMV to change the app.
"HMV's developers are working around the clock to deliver an updated version of the iOS app for Apple's approval which will retain the innovative Image Search and Sound Search functionality to discover music and listen to 30 second previews," said HMV in a statement.
"It is disappointing that Apple has chosen to suspend an app that has proven to be very successful in only a few short days despite Apple having already approved the exact same version on 15th September. We are unable to explain the change in Apple's position as we have been given no explanation by them as to any difference they view between the approved version and the one suspended."
There's an Amazon app on the AppStore, so what's Apple problem? Are they eventually going to ban anyone from their marketplace for selling anything they don't like or see as a market threat?