Apple and HMV fall out over new app

22 October 2013

Is he looking for money?

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?

TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile


  • Harry
    Antitrust!! There are European laws for this sort behavior, no?
  • klingelton
    It's their platform, they can do as they like.
  • j.
    The amazon app does not sell music or books. The app store rules clearly state that you can't sell stuff through an app that apple sells through iTunes. I have no idea why HMV even thought they could get away with it - it was the first thing I said when I read about the app. You have to divert people to the website if you want to do transactions like that. It's not antitrust (which is a US term anyway), I mean, ASDA don't have a stall in Tesco selling their stuff do they?
  • samuri
    another reason to ditch these dicks
  • Nathan
    Apple and HMV. Two despicable companies that haven't received one penny of my hard-earned cash since 2010. To hell with them. And to 'j.' - You must really love your closed ecosystem. Stop taking them up the backside.
  • jim
    Serves the morons at HMV right for developing for iOS in the first place. It is a anti-trust issue much more severe than MS and IE one. Apple apologists haven't got a leg to stand on.
  • jimbs
    Jim, Google is no different... ad block removed... I have no idea why Google is seen as these 'good guys' when they are no different at all. They just dont have any humans to complain too
  • JonB
    @jimbs Google is different: You can still download the HMV app from the Google Play Store. Google make their money from adverts, so they don't need to lock out commodity sellers from their app store.
  • Marts
    Silly question... How did hmv even get as far as getting downloads from the app store. Don't apps need to be approved first?
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