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Ramsey: Apple Just Doesn’t Want Bad Radio Apps

Jacobs meanwhile has had several approved

Radio programming consultant Mark Ramsey says the dustup about whether Apple is “banning” single-station radio apps from its online store appears to be a non-starter.

Ramsey quotes an app developer who blogged about the issue on, disputing the account. The developer wrote that, rather than an outright ban, “app developers submitting identical apps with just a logo/stream change under their own developer accounts are not looked well upon.”

If so, Ramsey states on his blog, “good on them for ‘encouraging’ the development of rich apps with a user experience that is more than ‘just a stream.’”

Rock programming consultant Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media, head of app supplier JacApps, confirmed to Radio World that since Nov. 10, JacApps has had new single-station apps and updated apps approved by Apple, “including one yesterday for a Christian station in Chattanooga, J103.”

A perusal of free apps in the iTunes App Store turn up several recently-approved single-station radio apps, such as “La Campera on 1320 AM,” “LOBO 990” and “100.7fm the River.”

Jim Barcus, president of Digital Jukebox and, sent a letter to radio trade publications saying that on Nov. 10, Apple had rejected several single-station radio apps submitted by his company because the tech developer does not believe such an app is an enriching end-user experience. Apple, according to Barcus, was banning all single-station apps.

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