Apple’s App Store rejections are making less and less sense. The latest victim, Cast Catcher, is a streaming Internet radio application in the same vein as AOL Radio and Pandora–both of which have been available through the App Store almost since its inception.
CastCatcher 1.3 was rejected, according to an Apple statement posted by return7 , because:
“CastCatcher Internet Radio cannot be posted to the App Store because it is transferring excessive volumes of data over the cellular network, which as outlined in the iPhone SDK Agreement section 3.3.15, is prohibited”
This despite the similarity of other streaming applications still available, and despite the fact that several previous iterations of CastCather were approved.
Even stranger: CastCatcher 1.2 is still available in iTunes. It makes us wonder: where is this flip-flop approval is coming from? Is AT&T, which might now be wondering what its gotten itself into with the data hungry iPhone 3G, applying pressure? Is this yet another example of what many believe is an already overtaxed AT&T network?