Apple Censors NIN iPhone App; Trent Reznor Gets Salty

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Thursday

does Apple really think that somebody willing to pay for the NiN app (which looks amazing I might add) would actually be OFFENDED by the lyrics in a few of the streamed tunes? I bet it's not the swearing that's got Apple pissed...it's probably the lyrics to Head Like A Hole:

"I'd rather die, than give you control..."

That's about as anti-Apple as you can get ;)

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seo (not verified)

Bands (including Nirvana) tripped over themselves editing out words,
changing album art, etc to meet Wal-Mart's standards of decency -
because Wal-Mart sells a lot of records. NIN refused, and you'll notice
a pretty empty NIN section at any Wal-Mart. My reasoning was this: I
can understand if you want the moral posturing of not having any
"indecent" material for sale
pire | fare | güve | akrep | çiyan | seo | kene | ilaçlama

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favrerulz

Maybe Apple should change thier name to Starf*ckers, Inc.

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headkase

DEMONSTRATION

Scroll down to the video demo: HERE. This app has just so many fricken' cool features about it! It is the most innovative piece of work I've seen in a long long time.

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Radiogrrl

This kind of faux content cleansing is exactly why there will be a significant increase in the number of hackers figuring out ways to break through I-Phone security and run privately-created apps. And it's why when that does happen a significant percentage of I-Phone users will flock to those apps.

Basically what Apple is doing here is giving users who want adult content on their mobile devices yet another reason to go out of their way to avoid going through Apple for it.

Sony said the PSP was unhackable. They learned. Apple will too. If you don't give your users what they want, they'll find a way to get it despite your wishes and despite whatever security you might have to prevent it. 

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r3dd4wg

Apple (the nanny computer company) needs to go all the way with their censorship or stop it altogether.  As for Trent, pull your app off Apples app store and port it to a platform that has freedom.  iPhone isn't the only platform out there.

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MvanA

I'm a PC and I'm allowed to say FUCK if I want to!

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Thursday

epic

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TheMurph

Without tooting the horn too much, I'd like to wager that I'm probably one of the bigger nin fans of the MPC crowd.  That said, while I understand Trent's point, I don't think it's hypocritical to what Apple has in place.  The music store is an entirely different beast than the application store -- the former comes with explicit tags and allows content to be restricted if necessary.  The latter has been set up as an explicit-free zone.

While we can debate the merits of jiggling boobs and iFart applications all day long, the truth of the matter is that Apple doesn't think that streamed content akin to the likes of the lyrics in Closer (or Big Man With A Gun, mind you) is acceptable for the App Store.  Trent, upset as he is, makes some rather unintelligent points -- using Apple's browser to download naughty things or getting naughty spam on one's email client are completely different usage scenarios than the Apple store.  I don't really need to spell this out, or at least, I hope I don't have to.

Anyway, I understand his frustration.  As a fan, I'm frustrated too.  But that's the stance Apple has chosen for the App store, and if you want in the store, you have to play by their rules -- strange as they may see, given some of the applications Apple lets through the gateway.  That said, I don't think a peeing monkey is quite as risque as some of what you might find in TDS.

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Obsidian

What makes this worse in my mind is that Trent has gone to great lengths to make many of his music mixes available to people using Mac software and hardware. He makes no secret that he uses Mac systems when making much of his industrial sounding tunes. Then they slap him in the face with this, it seems even more hypocritical due to that.

Apple really needs to get their heads out of their posteriors on this one. If you're going to sell the music then you have to sell the application. I'm an apple, and I'm a hypocrite, I guess that shouldn't really surprise any of us PC people.

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ResidentArse

I totally agree with the coments that Trent had. I often think that Apple is stuck up. What successful company has no backup plan for when the CEO leaves? As much as Jobs has cultivated thinking outside of the box, which I admire, this is just rediculous. "Hold everything, except songs that have swears in them."

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Stry8993

"Hi, I'm an iPhone App. Hi, I'm Apple, now f'ck off, !objectionable material!. Now I'm gun get me some shakin baby syndrome!!! Little Tod! Come on down here retard, we gots some shakin to do, don't fergit ma iphone!"

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GreenTurtle

So true. He says it so well too.

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dankers

I've been a longtime fan of NIN and I feel bad for Trent. Just one more reason to hate Apple I guess.

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AndyYankee17

well, I am extremely happy to see that the pc in maxPC does not stand for political correctness.

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