Apple Arbitrarily Removes Airfoil's Streaming Audio App From iOS App Store

Apple just removed Airfoil Speakers Touch 3 from the iOS app store, despite claims from developer Rogue Amoeba that the app complies with all of Apple's rules and developer agreements. What gives, Apple?

Airfoil Speakers Touch is rad, which is why this bothers us. Since 2009, the app has allowed you to stream audio from your computer — Mac or PC — to your iOS device. Last month, Rogue Amoeba released Airfoil Speakers Touch 3, introduced the ability to push audio from one iOS device to another. All signs point to the removal being somehow linked to this new functionality. Still, Apple hasn't given Rogue Amoeba Software a concrete reason for the app's removal:

We first heard from Apple about this decision two days ago, and we've been discussing the pending removal with them since then. However, we still do not yet have a clear answer on why Apple has chosen to remove Airfoil Speakers Touch. Needless to say, we're quite disappointed with their decision, and we're working hard to once again make the application available for you, our users.

Rogue Amoeba has appealed the app's removal.

In fairness, it's possible that Apple has some security concerns about this type of functionality. On the other hand, could it be that Apple is using its hand of god to keep Airfoil from competing with its curent or forthcoming products? [Rogue Amoeba Software via Techmeme]


Comments

    What's the bet it's been taken down because it will compete with Apple's software that they will release? I don't think this is the first time that they have done it either

      Yep, and yep.

    This isnt the first time Airfoil speakers has been taken down. I remember when it was very new it got ripped down for some reason. Then Rogue Amoeba stated they were stopping all iOS development.

    Why are Apple not being sued from here to Timbuktu over this kind of behaviour? This kind of behaviour makes the things MS have had to pay out hundreds of millions over look positively trivial.

    To be fair Rogue Amoeba reverse engineered the technology to decode the stream. Functionality currently only allowed by a hardware device with a special chip, and paying a licence to Apple via the made for iPod scheme. They probably don't want developers circumventing that. They got it through because technically it only used public APIs. But it was bound to be spotted eventually, and now they cry fowl?

    It's only a matter of time before someone sues over something like this and wins, and the whole thing comes tumbling down.

    I'm an avid iPhone and Apple user but even I'm surprised there not. I think it comes down to times have changed since the MS Anti-trust suits were initially launched.

    But the path of innovation at apple seems to have slowed and consumers are not as impressed anymore. If apple doesn't do some drastic changes in IOS and release some decent hardware (phones) I'll be jumping ship.

    But to what, my only options are Google and WP7. Its real shame HP did realise how to market WebOS as I truly think with the right backing and innovative thinknig HP could have 1 up'd apple.

    They did the same thing to VLC Player, presumably for the same reasons.

      Videolan objected to Apple putting DRM on their software against the wishes of the license. Apple doesn't care about free as in freedom.

    Ive had it with Apple and the why they control and get away with there bs,I got the iPhone 4s,iPad 3,and last years macbook pro,but Im ready to jump ship,I don't mind the products,I just can't stand the way they operate ,I feel every time I want to make a choice in something I want out of my phone,tablet or laptop,the choice is already made for me...if that makes sense.......grrrrrrrr

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