What's this about?
In order to ship a bug fix to you, Apple demanded that we remove functionality from Airfoil Speakers. Specifically, Apple refused to allow us to show the machine from which the audio was coming and the icon of the source app, citing "trademark concerns".

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The images and icons we display come entirely from the user's own computer, using code provided by Apple expressly for this purpose. Showing this artwork is no different from the way the Dock or Finder displays icons on Mac OS X. Yet Apple claims our doing so is damaging to their trademarks. Further, this functionality was present in the approved 1.0.0 version, which remained in the App Store even after the rejection of this update. The only thing Apple's rejection did was prevent you, our users, from having the best functioning version of the software.

For more details, see this blog post.

What is the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)?
The EFF is the first line of defense when it comes to Internet freedom, confronting cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. That last one is what's at issue here - your rights as a consumers in the App Store, and owner of an iPhone or iPod Touch.

What's wrong with the App Store?
Having a centralized location from which to easily obtain iPhone software should certainly be a good thing. The problem is, and has been, difference between "An" and "The" App Store - exclusivity. As it is, Apple is the gatekeeper, and there's just no way that benefits customers in long run.

What can I do?
There are two things to be done. First, simply be aware of the issue. Apple is the gatekeeper for what's available to you, the consumer, and they're doing a lousy job of it. Second, consider donating to the EFF, to help protect your rights as a consumer.

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