Apple cracking down even tighter on recommendation apps

By Dave LeClair
May 6, 2013
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  1. App discovery and recommendation applications for iOS recently made the news after Apple yanked a couple of popular alternatives from its store, AppGratis and AppShopper. Now,Ā PocketGamer is reporting that the Cupertino-based firm is cracking down even harder on such applications...

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  2. Someone sue them now :E
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,825   +703

    Their ultimate goal is probably to get rid of all free apps. Why should people get something for nothing when they can't profit from it.
  4. Apple iPhone has flat lined!

    no more room to grow .. will probably stay steady ..and start to decline over next 5 - 10 years ... as competition eats away some market share...

    until a new direction in technology is discovered .. it will stay this way

    MS has a great opportunity to give apple a run for its MONEY ..then decided to throw it ALL away by going with a closed system .. just like Apple .. and at best .. becoming the second best ...

    in reality they are not even the third best IMO .. so ...

    IF Bill Gates was calling the shots ... MS would probably stick closer to its roots ...and we would have a real alternative to apple. Now its just a wanna be copy of apple .. closed system
  5. m4a4

    m4a4 TechSpot Addict Posts: 506   +134

    Heh, you were sounding okay but the last 3 paragraphs killed you. And then you said that Windows was an "alternative to apple"? Bahaha, Guests always amuse me :p
  6. Kunming

    Kunming Newcomer, in training Posts: 43

    Apple is simply a garbage company.

    They restrict not only their users, but also the developers to no end.

    They seem to seek complete control and perhaps during the days of

    One man leading the charge, with a vision, was a smart thing.

    Now however, they just want to rob people of their freedoms in using their

    products, while trying to delude the very same people into thinking they're either

    more free or different in some unique way. There's no point in purchasing their

    overpriced hardware, except either for bragging rights or eye-catching designs.

    As for their software, there's no point either. Why rob yourself of what little freedom

    you already get everywhere else? ... There's a reason they call it "jailbreaking":
  7. Fbarnett

    Fbarnett TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 183   +24

    Lets see Microsoft has really only been in it since windows 8 hit and has 10% of the market
    share and its been less than a year so how is it they failed? all they have to do is make stuff better and better and grow market share. I think they are doing well and will get better and take more share
  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,018   +683

    Anyone else here old enough to remember why we all started using 'IBM' computers back in the 80's instead of Macs? It's because IBM was willing to let others make computers using their platform, while Apple did not. A few years later there's a whole business making PCs with Dell, Gateway, Compaq, HP and IBM all competing while Apple fell behind. That missed opportunity led to Jobs getting fired.

    Today, iPods and Smartphones don't have the same problem as the PC because it's much easier to make a 1-size-fits all smartphone and control the experience completely. But I read today an interview with mark zuckerberg, and their new Facebook Home platform for smartphones will only work on Android phones because Apple doesn't allow developers to mess with the lock screen and make news feeds for it. So Facebook is using Google's OS. Google... makers of Google+, Facebook's biggest competition. Surveys show people spend over 20% of the time on their smartphone looking at FB. the next highest apps were Google maps and Instragram at 3%. (thanks WIRED http://www.wired.com/magazine/2013/04/facebookqa/ )

    Apple better be careful, because they are risking going down in history as the dumbest bunch of brilliant people ever to make $50 billion a year. They're already the only company I can think of who can report making $10 billion a quarter in profit and have their share price go down.

    Learn from your mistakes, Apple. Technology is about giving people freedom.
  9. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,721   +873

    I love the free apps I have gotten from AppGratis. But ever since the app was kicked out of the app store, the apps offered by them have been bad.
  10. wastedkill

    wastedkill TechSpot Maniac Posts: 1,059   +220

    Its the registered users that amuse everyone the most specially when we have someone called m4a4 that cant read at all I mean come one he either cant read or is partially blind no where on the site did anyone say windows was an alternative to apple.

    Next time make sure to read stuff properly without getting a ego get in the way, no one likes someone taking the mick out of someone because they blindly read it.

    Android is a alternative to apple but microsoft kinda blew it.
  11. m4a4

    m4a4 TechSpot Addict Posts: 506   +134

    ...Are you kidding me? I have to say Windows Phone for you to get it? Yeah, you're right. Registered users amuse everyone the most...
     
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,400   +832

    Dear Lord, I wish I would be spared all the crap about "apps". The TV commercials and news are just chock full of crapware, like the f***ing, "order a coffee app", "the weather app", the "order a pizza app, "instant sport scores app", the blah, blah, yadda, yadda app, etc., ad nauseum.

    Really, if you're in you car there's already "eyewitness weather app" for that". Just look out the ******** window. Unless of course, your new 4G phone is letting you text, try to drive, and download "Angry Birds" at the same time. In that case, you're a true sociopath that needs the whole road to your self. The rest of us just pray that the DOT in your home state will make you download , "the ankle monitor", "sentenced to public service", and "collision avoidance radar apps".

    You're not going to be able to do anything about the sport scores, and bad news travels fast anyway, so there's another app to trash.

    Although, if you're stupid enough to pay Starbuck's six bucks for a cup of coffee, you could arguably be stupid enough to need a computer app to help you.
    Kunming and JC713 like this.


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