Since Apple opened the iTunes App store, there have been two things you can count on: one, being able to find either ridiculous, offensive, silly, or completely random apps to download for your personal usage and two, the apps you just downloaded will be banned a few days later. It’s the iTunes app store equivalent of the circle of life.
Now don’t get me wrong, some things should be banned for public consumption. Countless apps called things like “Hottest Girls” (or less family-friendly names) have been banned for being pornographic (sometimes even under-aged stuff has shown up) and I can’t really argue with Apple’s decision to do that. However, when the store bans apps like the “I Am Rich” app, I just have to chuckle. If someone wants to make an app that simply displays a ruby on-screen and costs $999.99, then more power to those that buy it . . . at least proverbially speaking. Sometimes, however, Apple does in fact remove truly offensive apps like the “Gay Cure,” which was submitted by a Christian group called Exodus International from Orlando. The question, however, is: should Apple take things like this off their shelves?