BitTorrent on iPhone? Apple says “no thanks”

Apple has reportedly rejected an application which would allow users to download material from peer-to-peer (P2P networks) from being listed in its iPhone App Store.

DriveTrain from Maza Digital has been rejected, says Apple, because such application are “often used for the purpose of infringing third-party rights.”

To my mind, Apple is right in saying that – P2P networks are often used for illegal purposes that breach copyrights, but they’re also used for perfectly legitimate reasons.

Of course, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to realise that if Apple was to allow P2P file-sharing on iPhones it would facilitate the sharing of music and movie files that could harm the success of services like iTunes.

But my understanding is that this isn’t quite what DriveTrain does. Instead it…

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