A call for a fix for the App Store

Dave Verwer on the clones that continue to infect the App Store rankings:

A quick look at the top free App Store chart today tells me that we are not yet done with the Flappy Bird madness. There are two Flappy Miley Cyrus clones in the top 10 free apps chart. I downloaded them both (naturally) and one of them shows an advert at the top constantly and then a full screen ad after when you fail. The other has a black bar on the bottom of the 4″ iPhone screen. Shocking.

Is this really what the App Store is about? Someone save us…



  • Pete

    Aren’t app buyers ultimately responsible for pushing the ratings up? It is annoying, yes. But there is no law against changing app names or this sort of sleazy marketing. Certain reputable corporation engage in this practice as well. Making your hardware or software product look like a competitor or using your competitors model numbers in reverse is generally accepted practice.

    I wonder how much these developers care about their representatives answering to special interest lobbyists rather than voters.

    • Moeskido

      Your argument sounds a bit like “RTFM.” Casual app buyers looking for a game won’t necessarily know about knockoffs and how to distinguish between them. What exactly should they be “responsible for”?

      • Pete

        These are free apps we are talking about, right? Can’t they just delete it?

      • Pete

        “There are two Flappy Miley Cyrus clones in the top 10 free apps chart. I downloaded them both (naturally)”

        Why? Doesn’t that make it more “popular”?

  • Pete

    Sorry about posting so much, but someone please save us from this:

    http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2014/02/18/when-lawmakers-and-lobbyists-are-family/?hpt=ac_mid