Nine Inch Nails Curses App Store Approval Process

Nine Inch Nails Curses App Store Approval Process

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After an update to the Nine Inch Nails iPhone app was rejected by Apple, Trent Reznor had some harsh words for Apple.

Apple rejected the application citing that it violated section 3.3.12 of the SDK agreement which states, "Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple's reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users."

The group was told that the objectionable content referenced was "The Downward Spiral".

Posting on the NiN forum, Reznor wrote...
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Now, "The Downward Spiral" the album is not available anywhere in the iPhone app. The song "The Downward Spiral" I believe is in a podcast that can be streamed to the app.

Thanks Apple for the clear description of the problem - as in, what do you want us to change to get past your stupid fucking standards?

And while we're at it, I'll voice the same issue I had with Wal-Mart years ago, which is a matter of consistency and hypocrisy. Wal-Mart went on a rampage years ago insisting all music they carry be censored of all profanity and "clean" versions be made for them to carry. Bands (including Nirvana) tripped over themselves editing out words, changing album art, etc to meet Wal-Mart's standards of decency - because Wal-Mart sells a lot of records. NIN refused, and you'll notice a pretty empty NIN section at any Wal-Mart. My reasoning was this: I can understand if you want the moral posturing of not having any "indecent" material for sale - but you could literally turn around 180 degrees from where the NIN record would be and purchase the film "Scarface" completely uncensored, or buy a copy of Grand Theft Auto where you can be rewarded for beating up prostitutes. How does that make sense?

You can buy The Downward Fucking Spiral on iTunes, but you can't allow an iPhone app that may have a song with a bad word somewhere in it. Geez, what if someone in the forum in our app says FUCK or CUNT? I suppose that also falls into indecent material. Hey Apple, I just got some SPAM about fucking hot asian teens THROUGH YOUR MAIL PROGRAM. I just saw two guys having explicit anal sex right there in Safari! On my iPhone!

Come on Apple, think your policies through and for fuck's sake get your app approval scenario together.
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ANUBIS
ANUBIS - May 4, 2009 at 8:30pm
Trent is the MAN!!! He totally made some legit, rock solid points. I used to be an Apple fan boy but there tight grip on their hardware and software is quite suffocating. They totally have gotten way too big for their britches and have forgotten all the fans and loyal customers who made them what they are. FUCK APPLE and STEVE JOBS and all of their RED TAPE BULLSHIT.
George
George - May 4, 2009 at 1:55pm
Trent has a great point, and Apple should be ashamed of themeselves... he made them look like absolute fools. Apple could get around such issues if they implemented an age screening tool at the time of account registration. I dont see why they havent done so by now.
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