There’s been a lot of talk since last week when it came to light that some iPhone app review sites were charging developers to do reviews of their products. Shawn King and I talked about this last night on Your Mac Life — readers should go to sites they trust. As a reader, I don’t trust a review that was paid for by a company or a site that requires cash to do a review.
Several developers have responded by promising to avoid sites with such policies. In reaction to our article, Jeff Campbell, owner of Tapestry Apps, pledged to blacklist pay-to-play websites and urged other developers to do so as well. Alexandra Peters, community manager of Firemint, which develops the popular iPhone game Flight Control, also said she would avoid sending news releases to pay-to-play sites.