Report: Movie listings app removed from iPhone AppStore

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When Apple temporarily removed NetShare from its AppStore, it made sense: the program let people use the iPhone as a modem. The reinstatement, if anything, was the odd part. Apple's now removed Box Office, a popular movie listings program with no obviously naughty purpose, leading developers Metasyntactic to drink at the waters of WTF:

Apple pulled the app yesterday without giving my any notification that they were doing it, or what their justification was for removing it.

I’ve tried to contact them about the issue, but it’s been a complete dead end. If anyone has a useful contact number for apple, please let me know.

I’m in regular contact with all my data providers, and none of them have had an issue with my app. Indeed, the response was the exact opposite. They like my app and have even asked if i would do custom application work for them in the future. Furthermore, all the data i use is licensed by the owners as ‘free for non commercial use’. i.e. precisely what BoxOffice is.

So i’m stuck here not knowing what has happened, or what i can do about it. If any of you have any ideas, please let me know. You can respond here, but i’d actually appreciate a reply at cyrusn@stwing.upenn.edu since i probably won’t check back here that often.

Wasn't the expectation always that Apple would be somewhat capricious about what it lets play in its sandbox?


Apple Pulls Box Office from App Store?
[iPhone Blog via Cult of Mac]

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