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  • Apple Tweaks App Store Reviews Policy


    Apple has revised the rules and review policies of the App Store. The changes bring with them a renewed and greater weight on paid apps in the app review process. As it now stands, users can no longer provide reviews for apps obtained via promo code. In other words, if you're downloading a paid app for free or on promotion, you won't be able to review it. That privilege is now reserve for paying customers only.

    Apple says the changes were needed to help level the playing field. That is, no longer can developers flood the market with free promo codes to bulk up the number of favorable reviews the app boasts in the App Store. For the time being, however, the new policy appears to be implemented in a less than consistent fashion, as some paid apps delivered by promo code are still allowing users to rate their experience of the app. Still, the change has definitely taken effect for no shortage of iPhone and iPad applications.

    An official response from an iTunes support, received by a forum-goer over at iOS games site TouchArcade, notes the change, saying that the company now requires ratings and reviews of applications to be done by paid users, keeping those who may have installed the application from a developer's promo code from contributing to its aggregate rating or written review log.
    The latest efforts taken by Apple to make the App Store a more fair place for developers to sell and promote their work, builds upon the company's recent adjustment of the top apps algorithm. Based on the apparent revisions, the number of downloads an app sees exerts less influence than before on its ranking in the App Store. In the Top Free app category, for example, evidence suggests that Apple is giving more weight to applications that are "actively used."

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Tweaks App Store Reviews Policy started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. <(O)> Device's Avatar
      <(O)> Device -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jastra View Post
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    1. ("\(.:...:.)/")~RaWr's Avatar
      ("\(.:...:.)/")~RaWr -
      Quote Originally Posted by treble26 View Post
      It actually makes a lot of sence for only paid users to rate apps. Like the article says, devs will and do give promo codes to friends and family to boost the hype of their app.
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Exactly. Seems like a good move to me.
      This, IMHO is stupid. 99.7% of all my apps from the app store are free through promo codes. I don't go around getting crappy apps either. I get good quality apps for free.
      If I use the app constantly, or the developer really did a good job with it, I donate to them.
      This can only equate to less good-quality free apps and more money for apple.

      The app store would get less proper reviews (at least from me) as I will not be willing to risk wasting $0.99 - $x.xx for an app that turns out to be crap.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by ("\(.:...:.)/")~RaWr View Post
      ...99.7% of all my apps from the app store are free through promo codes....
      You lucky dog. I've never received a promo code so I value reviews above all else. Sure a few will be totally honest, but it's more likely they will give a kinder review because: 1) it's human nature, and 2) to get more promo codes.
    1. d_animality's Avatar
      d_animality -
      I would prefer change the ratings process cause ive seen an app which have bad reviews and 1-star rating still showing overall rating atleast 3+?!

      And it would be best if apple puts the review on update section app so we can check people review before updating..
    1. IB1GMANI's Avatar
      IB1GMANI -
      Looking for some good tweaks and stuff to try from Cydia can anyone help. Thanks
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      <(O)> Device -
      Quote Originally Posted by IB1GMANI View Post
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      IB1GMANI -
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      <(O)> Device -
      Quote Originally Posted by IB1GMANI View Post
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      IB1GMANI -
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      Quote Originally Posted by IB1GMANI View Post
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    1. Nyra98's Avatar
      Nyra98 -
      Is there a minimum price one have to sell apps at?
      I see $0.01 apps soon...
      That wont happen, the lowest price tier, other than free, is $.99 (tier 1).