Federico Viticci:

It may be called “gaming the system” or “forecasting downloads” — in both cases, I don’t think that “showcasing” apps by finding loopholes in the Developer Guidelines and leveraging advertising techniques as tools to manipulate Apple’s ranking algorithm is good for the App Store. I believe this is true for AppGratis and any other native iOS app that is based on this premise. It’s in Apple’s right — and developer agreement — to ban apps that work in this way.

Good story from Federico — worth a read.

  • lucascott

    While I agree with the notions from this article I also think that iTunes in all forms has serious search and discovery issues. Lack of and mistakes in metadata for the most part. If these were corrected and a few other logical tweaks applied then these apps wouldn’t be as needed.