Trent Reznor Fights Apple Over NIN iPhone App Rejection

May 4, 2009 2:35 PM ET

Just weeks after Trent Reznor launched the new Nine Inch Nails iPhone application, an updated version of the app was rejected by Apple because of "objectionable content." What did Apple find NSF-iPhone? Trent Reznor's "The Downward Spiral." According to Reznor, who posted on the NIN message board about his current clash with Apple, it's not even the album The Downward Spiral, which housed the controversial "Closer," that's causing the problems. It's the title song, which was only heard within the app's podcast feature. "You can buy The Downward Fucking Spiral on iTunes, but you can't allow an iPhone app that may have a song with a bad word somewhere in it," Reznor wrote. "Come on Apple, think your policies through and for fuck's sake get your app approval scenario together."

It's pretty amusing that Apple finds the updated NIN application has "objectionable content" when you compare it to the Eminem's violent Relapse iPhone game that's in the works. Plus, you can download a new app for your iPhone called iSnort, which allows users to cut and snort digital cocaine on the touchscreen of their gadgets. Suddenly, The Downward Spiral doesn't seem that offensive at all.

In happier NIN news, Reznor is reportedly engaged to his girlfriend, West Indian Girl singer Mariqueen Maandig. The news comes straight from West Indian Girl's official band Website, who fittingly accompanied their congratulatory post with a stream of NIN's The Fragile track "We're In This Together." Recently, Reznor appeared on the red carpet at the Star Trek reboot premiere holding hands with Maandig.

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