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Dear Trent: Why do you bite the hand that feeds you?

Oh, bother. What do you do when one of your favorite artists stirs up an attack on your beloved mobile operating system? Why, you call his arse out on the carpet.

And so we shall, after the break.

The background, for those who've missed it: Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame  took to Twitter to rail against Apple's app certification process after an update to the NIN app was rejected for content that wasn't really there and had already been approved in the first place. And we couldn't agree more. That's pretty ridiculous, and we can only hope Microsoft will have a better system for its Marketplace.

But ol' Trent didn't stop there. He explained further in the NIN forums and later came back to explain that it's his love for Apple that spawned behind the hatred of the app process.

Everyone - let me be clear. I love Apple products and as goofy and out-of-touch as their app approval process / policy is, I will still use them because they work 1000X better than the competition. This is not a debate, it's a fact. The iPhone is THE most elegant, modern smartphone at this point in time and it's perfect for what we want to do with the NIN app - except for the ludicrous approval process, and that's what I want to draw attention to.

Ya know, it's tough to argue with that. And the NIN app is excellent. But here's where it really gets good.

Android is cool, but nobody has an Android phone. Blackberry is OK but the hardware is inconsistent and WinMo straight-up sucks balls. If Apple doesn't get it together, we will most certainly make it available to the jailbreak community. I didn't invest in this app to see it languish on the sidelines from an idiotic policy while this tour is in full swing.

Again, one man's opinion, and that's cool. Certainly all the platforms have issues to work on. But that's the thing: Every platform is different. Each one has trade-offs. We'll let you guys flame till your heart's content in the comments.

Sure enough, NIN and Apple have much in common in that they're both about the experience — the sum of the parts. Windows Mobile is more nuts and bolts. But for an artist who has found new freedom after leaving the confines of record labels to champion the most closed consumer system available? We can't help but notice how that one doesn't really add up.

The freedom Windows Mobile gives to its users is an experience, too. And, admittedly, it's not for everyone. But for us, it's a good middle ground. The iPhone is easy to use and to develop for, but it's locked down like something out of Year Zero. Straight-up Linux is wide open but can be a bear to use. You would think that in a business model that's all about getting your work out to the public as easily and well-packaged as possible, and while keeping costs down for yourself, NIN might explore other platforms and not just dismiss them as "sucking balls."

So there's one fewer Windows Mobile user out there. To each his own. (Hell, as our iPhone-loving pal Rene Ritchie put it, at least WinMo got a mention.) Palm didn't get any love hate. So until we see a NIN app on Android, Windows Mobile or BlackBerry, let's call this what it is: Apple fanboyism at its best.

Oh, and one more thing: We still believe great things are ahead for Windows Mobile. And great things can eventually come to those who wait. Right, Trent?

Phil is the father of two beautiful girls and is the Dad behind Modern Dad. Before that he spent seven years at the helm of Android Central. Before that he spent a decade in a newsroom of a two-time Pulitzer Prize-finalist newspaper. Before that — well, we don't talk much about those days. Subscribe to the Modern Dad newsletter!

10 Comments
  • What an iTard! Do we need to mention that the iphone still doesnt officially have copy and paste. 3.0 isnt even released yet.
  • The NIN dude is a total Apple fanboy. He regularly projects an image of a BSOD onto the backdrop during NIN concerts. He's basically a rock star with one iota of comupter savvy, and all of a sudden he thinks it makes him some sort of authority.
  • Dear Phil, Perhaps you should question why Apple talks out of both sides of it's mouth, allowing Nine Inch Nails songs on iTunes but banning the App for content from those songs. It's great that YOU don't mind Apple telling you what you should be looking at... but myself, I'd prefer to make that decision for ME.
  • lol. Far be it from us to question Apple about anything. But FWIW, we agree with you (and Trent) 100 percent. We just disagree with the claim that WinMo gargles with spheroid objects.
  • Employees at the Apple store could shoot their customers in the kneecap during part of the checkout process and their customers would smile like they'd just been anointed by the pope. Nice products. But the mind warp some people get about their stuff is amazing.
  • After Pretty Hate Machine, NIN became LAME. Now I'm just convinced it's because Trent became a much larger douche bag. Like most Apple fanboyz, the Windows based operating systems are probably just too damn difficult for his old mind to wrap itself around. I'm betting most of the junk in his house is hooked up via Clapper technology. -Mc
  • The funny thing is....Trent is right! If any WM user or potential user doesn't realize this, then all you need to do is look at the amount of activity WM is putting into 6.5, app marketplace, and ultimately WM7. That is more activity and hype than MS has put into the OS since it's inception back in 2000 when it was Pocket PC OS.
  • JNGold, Finally, some voice of reason in here. I was a long time WM user. I recognize you from Mobility Today. I go back to the days of Dave's iPaq! LOL I switched to the darkside when the 3G came out. But, I keep up with the changes for WM hoping it will improve enough for me to consider it a viable option. WM 6.5 isn't going to cut it. I hope WM 7 will... -Cagrino
  • I have no reason to flame, because I dont a damn what he has to say. But I do have to day a few things. One, he is obviously biased. Two, its just silly tobsay nobody has an Android phone, silly meaning please just stop trying. Three, and this has bugged me for what seems like forever now, but the iPhone is just not everything people claim it to be. How modern is smartphone when you can't even use your own background image? The iPhone shines brightest through its app store and nothing else. It has so many apps because it sells so much. The product that the concumers support, the developers will support. That's just the way it works. But if you want to talk about the iPhone itself, it doesn't have, or it will have been years before it got some of the most basic features that every smartphone should have. But of course they want to make commercials that make MMS messages seem like something new and amazing as it brings your family together. Asinine.
  • don't give* a