Apple tends to yank apps over duplicate functionality, use of private APIs and those that look and feel very much like stock iOS programs. So it goes without saying I was surprised to learn that the company approved Track 8, a $1.99 music player program by Ender Labs. That Apple greenlighted an app resembling a rival platform’s UI rather than flaltly reject it is news in and of itself, you’ll admit.

Maybe the company just doesn’t care because Windows Phone is failing? Be that as it may, people will wonder if a Metro-style interface makes sense on iOS…

Talk about the elephant in the room.

Akin to the awesome Groove music player whose custom interface doesn’t follow Apple’s UI guidelines strictly, the Track 8 app features a pretty-fied interface that certainly takes more than a few cues from Windows Phone’s Metro theme.

For example, it forgoes the usual iOS buttons and toolbars in favor of the Windows Phone metaphor that turns words, pictures, videos and other content into actionable user interface elements.

Here, have a look at the screenies below.

And here’s your promo clip.

To learn more about this nifty little app, I suggest Federico Viticci’s nice review over at MacStories.

Now, given past app rejections, I wonder whether Apple should yank apps that replicate rival platforms’ user interfaces?

And, more importantly, does a Metro-style interface make sense on iOS at all?

  • waleed LA

    will this be available for iPhone too? 🙁 i soo want this

    • Kok Hean

      And hopefully costs $0.99 too.

    • Anonymous

      I use an app called Muzik the borrows heavily from the Zune and Windows phone 7 music UI

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see why they would’ve rejected this for using Windows Phone’s UI. There are apps in the store that have little design put in them.

  • Aaron de Silva

    Why should apple reject the app? I feel that if the developers copied the metro style UI from windows mobile, it’s between the developer and windows right? In other words, if windows doesn’t do anything, their may. I be such a huge deal

    • Anonymous

      Exactly, I don’t see what it has to do with Apple, other than their desire to control everybody that owns an iDevice, in that respect I could see Apple pulling it because they don’t want people to use somethng taken from a rival and actually like it more than the dull, boring grey and green iOS.

  • FY….. What a mess this brings the sickness of some shit whats ending with 7 or 8 to our iDevices

  • Anonymous

    “And, more importantly, does a Metro-style interface make sense on iOS at all?”

    It makes alot more sense on a tablet than it does on a desktop computer when Windows 8 is released.
    iMac FTW!

  • too buggy yet? crashes too much for many times here

    click in any icon (settings or search loupe) and app crash
    start playing a random music (ok sometimes, but crash too)
    trying to navigate in some playlist, got crash

    ios 5.0.1 ipad 2.

  • I wish they would make a music player that is independent from the Music App. What I mean is that the Music App would have rock music for instance. I would download another music app from app store and add rap to that app. And that it would have the artist/album/track section.

  • for what it matters, it locked beautiful. idk why would they ban it, because microsoft already have xbox live app, that implements metro-style ui too

    • waleed LA

      because Microsoft owns Xbox .. duh ! 😐

      • So if your point being that if Microsoft publishes his own implementation of metro-style ui into the App Store, then Apple should ban similar implementations if they don’t come from Microsoft itself (and so protecting in some way microsoft’s style…) I still don’t get your “duh! :|” as if there was an obvious reason.

  • Ok…apparently my comment has to get approved by a moderator. Is it because I had links in my comment? Because this has never happened before.

  • Miguel Meza

    this is awesome!!! I love it! BEST MUSIC App!!!