Controversial Choices

Controversial Choices

Apple (AAPL) has become the envy of the wireless industry by creating a sprawling bazaar of software programs that can be loaded onto its iPhone. The company's App Store has more than 65,000 applications, many more than developers have created for rivals such as Research In Motion (RIMM) or Nokia (NOK ). You can download software to an iPhone that will let you manage monthly expenses, create spiffy presentations, race around a NASCAR track, or test your skills at The Moron Game, an addictive quiz of common sense.

But Apple spikes applications too. Dozens have been rejected or pulled after making it into the App Store. The company pulled one program that provided access to an electronic version of the Kama Sutra and another that offered music services in competition with iTunes. Apple provides some guidelines about what applications it will support. But many independent developers argue Apple hasn't been clear enough about the rules for the App Store. The issue has flared recently after Apple blocked an application from Google (GOOG) that would have let iPhone users make inexpensive telephone calls.

Developers want more guidance from Apple. In the meantime, here is a sampling of applications that have been banned on the iPhone.