App Store Alternatives?

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Hi,

Anyone here have any experience with some of the supposed 'alternatives' to the App Store?

Having just had an app somewhat bewilderingly rejected for Apple (sexual content supposedly too overt) I'm looking for alternative routes to market.

Note that I am not talking pornography here, no nudity, just sexual humour that would easily fall within the 15 certification category in the UK. Given some of the stuff on there it beggars belief that mine is considered 'obscene' or 'pornographic' in comparison!

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There are no alternatives which are discussed in these forums. When dealing with jail-broken phones and apps, you're entirely on your own.
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Ad hoc distribution may be possible, but you'd be limited to 100 devices per account per year. Ad hoc provisioning profiles also expire, so this may not be a viable solution for real customers, but maybe you could make it work if you needed to. I wouldn't give up on the app store after one rejection, though - make some minor changes to your app (or don't!) and resubmit it. You may get a more lenient reviewer the second time.
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I agree, just keep submitting the App. It's Apple's black-box system, so just work with the system and do the only thing you can: re-submit it until it's accepted (or you get tired of it and/or change something). I've heard of all kinds of guys who've had stuff rejected, re-submitted and then accepted without changing a thing.
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Hmmm - I might try that but I doubt it'll get through. This was the second time I submitted and I wrote a detailed note to accompany it. I got a phone call from Apple to discuss which makes me think it went through to a reasonably high level. I could be wrong though.

There are alternative App Stores that claim to do it without jailbreaking...

*links removed*

...don't know how these work, haven't really looked into it in any great detail which is why I posted here.

[mod note. The Apple developer agreement expressly forbids developers from distributing iPhone apps through anything other than the App Store. Any discussion of alternates or links to such would cause conflicts with registered Apple iPhone devs on iDevGames and as such is against the forum rules]
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You may want to consider making a webapp (of which your first link is an example).
There are some very interesting frameworks available, for instance:
http://jqtouch.com/

The second link you posted requires jailbreak, contrary to what the article claims.
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If possible make a web application or post in the Apple developer forums and see if it is possible to adjust your application enough for it to meet their requirements, any other distribution channel is going to be fairly niche compared to iTunes unfortunately
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What is the vetting procedure like for in app purchases? Do you think it would be possible to get a 'clean' version of the app approved (actually pretty pointless) and have an in-app purchase that unlocked the more risqué bits?

I'll look at doing a web-app, don't really know anything about this...
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The in-app add ons have to go through the same process (if it's essentially downloaded web content it can be rejected on that too, some web readers have been rejected just for being theoretically able to access porn on the net).
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I find it pretty crazy that this was in the top 10 list a few days ago:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sexy-past...75937?mt=8 [Not Safe For Work]

Talking about double standards...

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yup. it appears to be down to which reviewer does the approval on the app. There's all sorts of different stuff getting through or being rejected for apparently the same content.

Apple has a pretty typical US stance on sex, ie it doesn't exist just in case the moral majority kick in with the lawyers, plus they do their own age rating system rather than the 'official' ratings systems that other games go through so I'm betting they're erring on the side of caution.

There's similar issues with violence in App store games too. Freeverse had to release Hanged (a traditional Hangman game with stop motion animation) as a 17+ game despite other games with blood and gore spouting from realistic characters being able to rate themselves 12+
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