Apple kills iPhone developer's App Store end-around

Blocks Podcaster author from selling rejected app using iPhone beta-test delivery channel

He's not ditching Podcaster, however. In the since-vanished Monday blog, Sokirynsky said he would port Podcaster to Android, the Google-backed open-source mobile operating system that will debut on T-Mobile Inc.'s G1 handset next month. "At least there, I will be welcomed instead of being walked all over," he said in the entry.

Another option, he said, was to tweak the program so it could be installed on iPhones that had been hacked to accommodate unauthorized applications. "I am going to compile the application to install using Cydia," he said Tuesday, referring to an open-source iPhone application installer.

Existing copies of Podcaster continue to work, Sokirynsky said, and customers who paid for the program prior to Monday can still install it. The Web site he used to sell Podcaster via Ad Hoc was still live on Thursday, but it had been modified to include a short message telling potential buyers that Apple had blocked additional sales.

Apple has not responded to questions asked last week about Apple's rejection policy and whether it would allow Sokirynsky to continue to use the Ad Hoc channel.

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Gregg Keizer

Computerworld

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