Apple removes Bitcoin-centric podcast episode without warning

Apple has mysteriously taken the crypto podcast Off the Chain down from its US iTunes store after it rose to the top five for ‘investing’.

A tweet from Morgan Creek Digital partner and analyst Anthony ‘Pomp’ Pompliano reads: “Last week we released a podcast discussing the ultimate argument for Bitcoin. It exploded and ranked #4 in US investing category before mysteriously being taken down by Apple. We had no warning. We don’t know why. They took down our podcast, but they can’t take down Bitcoin!”

While this case seems particularly strange, it’s not the first time that Apple has removed something from its store because of ties to Bitcoin and crypto.

In March a calendar app that also mined Monero was removed from the app store. The reason given in this case was that it was not energy efficient. It earned around $2,000 worth of crypto before being removed.

A larger ban on apps that used processing resources to generate crypto was laid out in June, with “apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them,” would not be able to “run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining.

“Apps may facilitate virtual currency storage, provided they are offered by developers enrolled as an organization,” apps can only offer mining facilities if “the mining is performed in the cloud or otherwise off-device.”

The episode of Off the Chain that went viral before being taken down featured an interview with noted ‘Bitcoin Maximalist’ Murad Mahmudov.