Some seedy developers cutting the line at the App Store

Some seedy developers cutting the line at the App Store

Summary: Speaking of line cutting, some Apple developers are pretty hot about an unsavory tactic that some less scrupulous developers are using to get to the front of the line in the iPhone's App Store. Apparently, many have taken to renaming their applications (mostly games) with spaces and other symbols so that they'll be at the top of the page in the App Store's category view – conceivably bumping up sales.

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Some seedy developers cutting the line at the App Store

Speaking of line cutting, some Apple developers are pretty hot about an unsavory tactic that some less scrupulous developers are using to get to the front of the line in the iPhone's App Store. Apparently, many have taken to renaming their applications (mostly games) with spaces and other symbols so that they'll be at the top of the page in the App Store's category view – conceivably bumping up sales.

The tactic dates back to the companies that start their names with "AAA" so that they'll be at the beginning of the listings in the phone book. Sheesh.

Dave Dribin (via Daring Fireball) posted what I believe is the best solution to this scourge "Amazon avoids this by not even offering alphabetical sorting as an option. Apple should let you choose between popularity, release date (newest on top), and user ratings."

(Photo: Macenstein)

Topics: Apple, Software Development

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  • Hmm... reminiscent those offering music-on-demand

    Takes me back to 1991 when I was presenting music search
    services to the Labels and CS companies. Funny thing is,
    everything worked... except for those who said it'll never sell,
    and then Cutting me out to leverage their own stuff! I'm still
    in an infinite loop as for the reason why. Can someone give
    me a reason why I couldn't provide new Jobs to needy folks?
    dascha1
  • Scruples have nothing to do with it.

    What you call "less scrupulous" I call "innovative" and
    "ingenious".

    They're not trying to cheat consumers out of their hard
    earned money, they're just doing whatever they can in
    order to get in front of potential consumers. Then it is the
    consumers decision to buy and use the application or not. Don't be so hard on them. Most of us would probably do it
    if we were in their boat. Walk a mile in their shoes before
    criticizing them so bitterly.

    As for the suggestion to remove valuable user functionality
    just to solve a sorting issue, I feel that it is equivalent to
    throwing out the baby with the bath water. Why don't we
    suggest Apple fix the sorting issue and/or strip any
    leading spaces from app titles instead of removing user
    functionality.

    Just my 2 cents.
    aslam_nathoo
    • Re: Scruple have nothing to do with it.

      I agree, mostly, with aslam_nathoo. Apple should not eliminate alphabetical sorting. Add other options and even make one of the other options the default. But, some of us like alphabetical sorting. Stripping leading spaces and non-alpha-numeric characters is also a good idea.
      AllenKenya