NIN iPhone App Too Offensive for Apple

May 4, 2009

Trent Reznor has posted some very choice words for a certain, fruity corporation regarding their recent decision to reject his totally sweet iPhone application. 

The totally sweet iPhone application in question is called "nin: access" and was supposedly another step Reznor was taking ahead of the music industry.  However, Apple rejected it:

Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple's reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users. The objectionable content referenced in this email is "The Downward Spiral."

The Downward Spiral album is not available through the nin: access application, but the song "The Downward Spiral," apparently, can be streamed via a podcast.  Sound hypocritical and contradictory?  Reznor thought so:  

How does that make sense? You can buy "The Downward F***ing Spiral" on iTunes, but you can't allow an iPhone app that may have a song with a bad word somewhere in it. Geez, what if someone in the forum in our app says F*** or C***? I suppose that also falls into indecent material. Hey Apple, I just got some SPAM about f***ing hot asian teens THROUGH YOUR MAIL PROGRAM. I just saw two guys having explicit anal sex right there in Safari! On my iPhone! Come on Apple, think your policies through and for f***'s sake get your app approval scenario together.

He later calmed down (possibly because of his smoking hot fiancé) and reposted making it clear that he likes Apple better than all the alternatives, but that their approval process is still lame.  Adding that if they don’t get it together “we will most certainly make [the app] available to the jailbreak community.” 

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