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Rogue Amoeba abandons iPhone development following app approval delay


Rogue Amoeba has announced that it no longer has any plans to release new iPhone applications following a four-month delay in getting a bug fix release of its app Airfoil Speakers Touch approved by Apple. In a blog posting on the company site, Paul Kafasis writes that version 1.0.1 of Airfoil Speakers Touch was submitted to Apple in July, only to be repeatedly rejected due to the use of Apple-provided images of both computers and applications logos, which were included in the original, approved release and were used to identify what computer and application was supplying the audio to the iPhone app. Notably, these images were not contained within the iPhone app itself, but were instead gathered on the connected Mac using Apple-provided APIs, and then sent to the iPhone for display. Rogue Amoeba eventually removed the functionality, instead replacing it with a link to a page explaining the situation and urging users to donate to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

“In the future, we hope that developers will be allowed to ship software without needing Apple’s approval at all, the same way we do on Mac OS X. We hope the App Store will get better, review times will be shorter, reviews will be more intelligent, and that we can all focus on making great software. Right now, however, the platform is a mess,” Kafasis writes. “The chorus of disenchanted developers is growing and we’re adding our voices as well. Rogue Amoeba no longer has any plans for additional iPhone applications, and updates to our existing iPhone applications will likely be rare. The iPhone platform had great promise, but that promise is not enough, so we’re focusing on the Mac.”

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Way I see it if you show an apple image wether its apple api’s on the mac or in the app its self its still apples image and shouldn’t be used. the mac apis arent the iphone apis

Posted by rob on November 13, 2009 at 3:25 PM (CST)


“the mac apis arent the iphone apis “

My understanding from the article is that this is exactly the reason Rogue Amoeba has decided to focus on the mac and not the iphone.

Posted by Wilco on November 13, 2009 at 3:49 PM (CST)


Taking that statement to its logical conclusion, does that mean that showing an Apple image in the web browser is also disallowed?  So are apps with browsers that can open Apple’s web site going to be the next to go?

As John Gruber pointed out over at Daring Fireball (, the images weren’t IN the app, but were Apple’s own images being displayed BY the app, transmitted over the network FROM Mac OS X itself (specifically via Airfoil running on the Mac, but still retrieved from Mac OS X using a public and fully-supported API call).

Posted by Jesse Hollington on November 13, 2009 at 4:02 PM (CST)


I think Apple is really stupid in doing these reviews. They have guidelines and all but they do not able to set their priority right. What is the big picture? They should help their developers to succeed.

Even though I truly believe in the iphone platform is the best possible platform out there, if they do not get their acts together, they’ll repeat the history of the glory days of Macintosh, once a shining star and end up in a mess for years to come.

Posted by bird on November 14, 2009 at 2:17 AM (CST)


Apple never has understood that for every person who will be their life long fanatical customer for the way they do business, they drive away six perfectly ordinary consumers who aren’t looking for a gated community with every device they own.

Sometimes the gated community can makes sense, tying the iPod to iTunes makes it a stronger device than a software agnostic device like a Sony or a Cowon for the average consumer, and because our iPods don’t have to interface with anything else, the gated community for the basic media player is only limiting in a very narrow set of circumstances, and generally for the consumer who finds those scenarios paramount, other products would work better anyhow. However, tying user installed software to a gated community *never* makes sense outside of something like Facebook. When I go on Facebook, nope, can’t run Open Office from within FB, but who cares, it’s one click away on my PC’s task bar, the gated community there only enhances one product while taking nothing away from others or the device itself. On the other hand, if I had to go through a Microsoft store for every program on my PC I simply wouldn’t be using a PC.

Right now, Apple is lucky, they have momentum with the iPhone, the question is will they continue to drive off the very developers who gave it that momentum as a platform.

Posted by Code Monkey on November 14, 2009 at 1:41 PM (CST)


It sounds to me like Rogue Amoeba have a case of ‘sour grapes’.
They were told they can’t do something, and now they are being all ‘pouty’ about it!
Grown up Rogue Amoeba! Move on!

Posted by common sense guy on November 14, 2009 at 6:35 PM (CST)


The point people are missing is that Apple approved the images in the initial release! Then why disaaprove of them in a bug release. This is insane behaviour. Apple is driving away the very people who support it. When you hold on to something too tight in the end all you have is your own hand. Apple’s death grip is counter-productive and makes them appear to be the new BIG Brother. A business is built on providing solutions, not problems. The easier the product is to use the more enjoyment and less frustration people have. Apple needs to make things easier, not harder. Look at how long it took them to add a second button to the mouse, after YEARS of people crying for it. Look at the lack of tabs in the Finder. Apple is not a terribly responsive corporate entity and this is to their detriment.

Posted by Philip on November 17, 2009 at 5:27 PM (CST)


@ common sense guy. Seems to me that you have no idea what is being discussed above, but offer a generalized and contemptuous comment. On a lighter note, I can do that, too. SO, have you moved out of your parent’s basement yet and started developing apps for iPhone?

Posted by uncommon sense guy on November 19, 2009 at 2:02 PM (CST)

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