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Apple continues f’ing over the App Store. Demands removal of ebook app over USB transfers.

On February 2nd, 2010 at 10:05 am
by Mike

Ok, big deal. A few ebook readers no longer have the ability to transfer ebooks over USB. You may be thinking why this is of such utter importance to earn a spot on the front page of Gadgetsteria. Continue on…

If you take it at face value, the instant reasoning probably gravitates you towards piracy. But such reasoning is an extremely poor choice and full of holes.

The app in question is Stanza, a popular ebook app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Until the recent 2.1 update, users could transfer ebooks over USB to and fro as they pleased. According to dialog between TechCrunch and Stanza as well as user outcries in the user forum indicate that it is Apple, not Stanza, who is having the problem.

Again, simply removing the feature due to piracy concerns is hardly enough footing to cripple what I would consider a staple feature of the app. But it is Apple we’re talking about here. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they do what they want, when they want, how they want. Most of the time it works out pretty well, but in instances such as this, it just highlights the utter fluster cluck that the whole App Store and it’s approval process are.

Comments anyone?


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  • ceebee
    February 3, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Now I realize why there is no USB port on the Ipad. To prevent from being sued by the stupid DMCA laws. DMCA should have NEVER existed in the first place.

    Instead of people pointing the finger at Apple and putting a negative spin on the Ipad, put the blame where it really belongs. And that’s on the government and big name corporations that control the government.

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