Apple Trades Fart Apps For DJ Apps On iPhone, iPad

Apple today announced updated guidelines for application developers, relaxing some previous restrictions and providing some direction for what they will and will not approve.

Here’s the gist of it:

  1. Don’t make crap apps
  2. Help Apple make iOS a kick-ass experience for everyone

Best line in the document: “We have over 250,000 apps in the App Store. We don’t need any more Fart apps.”

You can read the details of the new guidelines here.

No More Fart Apps, But Bring On The DJ Apps!

Of special interest to musicians, iOS 4.1 opens up the iTunes library to applications.

Til now, applications couldn’t directly access the iTunes music library, which was a huge stumbling block to developing mobile DJ appps. With the release of iOS 4.1, DJ apps can use your existing music library.

Here’s what app developer Gordon Childs has to say about the change:

iOS 4.1 finally resolves this situation with a new API class called AVAssetReader. Flare Scratch is the first DJ app (maybe the first overall app) on the AppStore to use this API.

So that means that local library files and iPod tracks are on a fairly equal footing and that when the other apps catch up you won’t have to waste space uploading the same tracks over and over, nor deal with lame ad hoc WiFi upload schemes.

So, 4.0 was an improvement for music apps, 4.1 is way better and all we need now is multiple audio channels (i.e. via bluetooth) and you’ll have the perfect digital music device.

It’s not far-fetched to think that we could have capable Traktor like multi-touch DJ apps running on iPhones and iPads very soon. This could make things very interesting, especially if Apple can help with the multi-channel audio interface situation.

What do you think of the prospects for serious multi-touch DJ software on the iPad and iPhone? Leave a comment with your thoughts!

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