Apple Bans Music Apps From iPhone

Although app developers may be able to build such applications and might even be able to get it past Apple and get it in the AppStore, Apple is not letting developers access any functionality of iTunes.

That means if Amazon built an application that would let you purchase music through the Amazon store right off of your phone you wouldn’t be able to sync those songs back to iTunes.

So unless some creative developer comes up with some way of letting users get songs purchased on the iPhone back to their computers it may be a useless effort.

I really hope that Apple, in time, opens up the SDK a little bit more and allows developers to be a little bit more creative and do some of the things that developers would love to be able to do. Its easier for Apple to release the SDK with less functionality and add some later than it would be for them to release it with tons of functionality and limit it later on.

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3 Comments

  1. Just curios do you need an app to visit Amazon when you can access direct to Amazon to purchase a song with an iPhone or iPod Touch.

  2. currently you don’t actually download the music from the amazon website, you need to use a downloader application to get the music. But even if you could get the music downloaded directly from the website the iPhone and iPod Touch don’t have the ability to “download” files for use later. Apple would have to let developers put music files in the same place as iTunes does and allow developers to make entries in the list that the iPod app uses to find music on the phone.

  3. You make a good point here:

    Its easier for Apple to release the SDK with less functionality and add some later than it would be for them to release it with tons of functionality and limit it later on.

    but another way to look at it is this is how Apple works – release a product and continue to improve it with updates and new functions. Look at the iPods first ones hard drive only and one size then the mini then flash based and color screens then video on the full size then video on the nano. You really think they where unable to have color earlier or video on the nano at the same time as the full size? Of course but but adding functionality over time adds value to the products and of course sales. By waiting on some features Apple is able to build demand, the same with the SDK by limiting certain Apps now they can open those Apps later and people will see it as added functionality of the iPhone or iPod Touch since most use the end product and not the SDK.

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