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We Protest against Unfair, Monopolistic and One-sided Business Practices by Google Play Store.
The absence of any specific response makes us feel that someone in Google has understood the powerful innovation brought to consumers by our app "FilmiFilmy" and decided to block us while they scramble to catch up with us. So whats the big innovation?
Google's YouTube is the largest repository of video content but has become mostly unmanageable for users, especially mobile users as each search throws up hundreds of videos. Consumers have to browse, sift and identify the real content from the noise and the experience is less than desirable.
FilmiFilmy addresses this gap. We have built an algorithm to figure out what were the hindi film songs uploaded on the FREE section of YouTube, built an index of all such songs, had it verified and published FilmiFilmy as an app that would let you directly access the song with a friendly (phonetic) search capability.
The app has received tremendous response. Over 30,000 users downloaded it on iOS making it the #1 new music app for India & Pakistan. The average user spends over 8 minutes with the app - clearly there is huge appetite for the idea of solving discoverability of hindi film songs.
So why did the app get blocked? In the absence of a credible answer from Play store, we can only assume that SOMEONE WANTS TO COPY OUR IDEA! Don't be surprised to see a hindi film song menu/link/feature in the Youtube app soon! Fact is that while on the desktop search was relevant, on the mobile the directory approach works better - especially given the touch interface.
We asked the Play Store team to share the exact breach of terms - someone must have flagged this internally - and offered to fix whatever breach may have occurred inadvertently. However, in response to our request for this basic information that can establish that the Play Store team is playing a fair game, our developer account was blocked. As a result all our apps are now blocked. The message we are getting is - WE ARE A MONOPOLCY and its our way or the highway.