Apple didn't like my homage to Nate Dogg
When you write a podcast review on iTunes, you are presented with five "Tips for writing a great review":
Keep them short and to the point. Average iTunes customer reviews are about 200 words.Mine clocks in at 238 words. Granted, it is formatted a little differently and looks longer, but it's no significantly longer than what Apple calls average.
Praise podcasts on their own terms, not at the expense of other podcasts or the audience of other podcasts or genres.My review is nothing but praise, and says nothing about other podcasts or audiences of other podcasts.
Take the time to copy edit your work so that you avoid embarrassing typos or grammatical errors.Good advice. Done.
Do not use profanity or overtly sexual language.No problem here!
Do not use language that can be construed as hateful, especially in regards to lifestyle, religion, or race.Nothing in my review has anything to do with religion or race, so that's a non-issue. With respect to lifestyle, I suppose you could make a case about the numerous references to drunks, but if you know anything about the podcast I'm reviewing, you know that the topic of alcohol and drunks comes up frequently in the podcast itself. In fact, it is often in the titles and descriptions of the podcasts as posted to iTunes. And, my review is not "hateful" with regard to any lifestyle, so I don't really see it as going against this tip, either.
At the very bottom after you write your review (not to exceed 6000 characters, mine clocks in at 1200 characters) there is one more line:
If a review is deemed inappropriate, it will not be posted to the iTunes Store.
I did some searching online to see if there were other people who had their reviews rejected from the iTunes Store. The only relevant information I could find came from a FAQ for Podcast Makers on Apple's site:
Again, if you know anything about the podcast I was reviewing, you would know that every line in my review was completely ON topic for their show.
Can I have a review removed?
iTunes does not remove reviews for editorial purposes. Reviews with profanity, hate speech, explicit/pornographic content, or commentary that is completely off topic are prohibited. To request removal of a review, click on Report a Concern for that review.
My guess is that Apple doesn't want their Customer Reviews to become like the ones you see on Amazon. (e.g. The Story about Ping, Tuscan Whole Milk) Which is a shame. Because if fans of podcasts (or any content on iTunes) can't have fun to promote their favorite artists, everyone sort of loses an opportunity to discover something new.
Anyway, the full podcast review that I wanted to post is here. My apologies to Warren G and Nate Dogg...
we podcast any speaking of his mind
and we download em
But you can't be any geek off the street,
gotta be out of your parents basement, if you know what I mean, earn your keep!
PODCASTERRS!!! MOUNT UP!
It was a clear black night, a clear white moon
Nick D was in the seat, trying to consume
some talk in the eve, chattin' with a drunk
I'm rollin in my ride, beers are in the trunk
Just hit the Northside on the Kennedy
on a mission tryin' to find Mr. Nicky D.
Got a 'dog with fries and I need to chew
all you drunks know what's up with 312
So I hooks a left on Addison and Clark
The Cubs are out of town so I said "Let's park."
I jumped out the ride, and started to cough
Nick went on a rant and my pants fell off!
Since Andy's tweetin' me I'ma check my phone
Laughin' so hard that I start to moan
Won'tcha load up your ipod with The Nick D Show
You can do it right now or at your leisure, bro!
about a previous era
Brew and view,
I dare ya.
Are in the News
Wisconsin's where they're from and the "winner"'s gonna lose
where Chicago is home
and home is Chicago