Apple Bans uTorrent Monitoring App
Apple has banned another App from entering its App Store. The App in question, uMonitor, allows users to check the status of their Torrent downloads on their computer. However, the App does not allow users to download Torrents on to their phone.
The App was denied after sitting in review limbo for well over four months which is far beyond the normal time frame Apps are usually approved but then again, this App touches a sensitive subject in the tech community: Torrenting. While using the protocol itself isn’t considered illegal, the fact that it has become synonymous with downloading pirated media usually causes concerns. However, Apple assumes you will use the App to abuse a third party’s rights while in reality, it just monitors your current downloads.
A quote from Apple reveals that the Cupertino based company believes that whoever downloads this App would automatically use it to download media that would otherwise require being bought and to infringe on third party rights:
“We’ve reviewed µMonitor and determined that we cannot post this version of your application to the App Store at this time because this category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing third party rights. We have chosen to not publish this type of application to the App Store,”
Since uMonitor will not appear in the App Store, its developer has released it the third part repository Cydia which is only available to those who jailbroke their iPhones.
Via: iPhone Alley