iPhone developer bypasses App Store to sell banned Podcaster

After Apple turns down his app, Alex Sokirynsky uses iPhone beta-test mechanism to distribute his software

"I think this is an ongoing process," said Kennedy in an interview today, talking about the App Store approval procedure. "They could clarify what it will or will not allow in the App Store, but I think Apple does work with developers." Kennedy rejected Speirs' suggestion that Apple institute some kind of pre-approval process and argued that the picture from the developer side was completely different than that of others, including reporters, looking in.

"We want to work with Apple on this," he said.

And Sokirynsky remained optimistic. "I have not had any [new] communication with Apple, [but] I would love to work with them to modify my application so that it gets approved. Even if they release the features on the iPhone, they could release Podcaster and we can compete."

As for advice to others who might find themselves in his position, Sokirynsky had something for them as well. "Keep developing," he urged. "I am going to develop this app for all available phones and devices, and others should do the same with their own apps."

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Gregg Keizer

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