Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Amazon removes Kodi from its App Store

Kodi (ex-XBMC) has just recently became available on Google Play, but it seems other app stores, like Amazon's, have a completely opposite view of this popular media center software,

Anyone wishing to manage their video content has probably come across Kodi (or XBMC back in the day). Kodi is simply a media center package, although a highly versatile one, and that's why it's so strange to see Amazon removing from its app store due to the "facilitation of piracy or illegal downloads" - a claim that makes even less sense when it still hosts actual piracy-promoting apps on the store.

Yes, being a popular media center means there are countless plugins that users can install to access illegal content. But that's the same as blaming Windows for allowing you to run pirated content; or TV sets for allowing you to see pirated movies on it.

Thankfully, there's an easy fix. Android users can simply get Kodi from Google's Play Store; and even if they don't have access to it, then it's simply a matter of manually downloading and installing the Kodi apk on your Android devices. There you have it, Amazon; and I'm sure the Kodi development team will appreciate the added buzz you've provided by removing it for your app store (not to mention how foolish Amazon will look when they inevitably allow Kodi back on its store - unless they feel they should ban all other media center and media player apps remaining.)

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