BitTorrent Control App Drivetrain Doesn’t Make it to the App Store
Apple has just rejected developer Maza Digital’s Drivetrain app, a piece of software that controls Transmission (BitTorrent client for Mac OS X and other platforms) remotely.
At first, Apple claimed that the app needed some extra time for review, but then they emailed Maza telling him that the application was rejected, because such software is “often used for the purpose of infringing third party rights”. Maza considers the rejection ridiculous and claims that BitTorrent (client and protocol) is not illegal and his app doesn’t download anything, but rather manages the activity of Transmission.
Strangely enough, there’s already a similar application available on the App Store, Trackr, going for $2.99 and allowing uses to remotely queue torrents. This is compatible with uTorrent or Transmission, a feature similar to the ones of DriveTrain. Is Apple discriminating users?