Apple curbs App Store abuse; requires app download before review submission

Apple’s iTunes App Store “now requires that users purchase or download an application before they able to post a review of that particular application,” Sam Oliver reports for AppleInsider.

“Users attempting to post a review of application that they haven’t downloaded are now met with a dialog box stating: ‘In order to write a Custom Review for this item you must have purchased or downloaded it,'” Oliver reports.

“Apple hopes this move will mitigate the number of bogus, or agenda-driven reviews that have been used to raise or lower an applications overall rating, sometimes at the hands of developers themselves,” Oliver reports.

Full article, which also covers changes to the way applications appear on the App Store after receiving a minor update, here.

App download should have been required before a review could be submitted at the store’s inception. Basic stuff, really. Without it, the reviews definitely suffered. Oh, well, better late than never, Apple.

30 Comments

  1. That’s ok, now if they’d curb their own “abuse” of potential developers (can you hear Balmer?) and give some proper guidelines as to what is kosher, and more importantly, what isn’t.

  2. This was a long time coming. I hated people “reviewing” an app by say “I give it only 1 star because this app should be only $X then I would buy it”. The reviews are more likely to be meaningful now. I wonder if they are going to scrap all the original reviews and start over now.

  3. “Apple hopes this move will mitigate the number of bogus, or agenda-driven reviews that have been used to raise or lower an applications overall rating, sometimes at the hands of developers themselves,” Oliver reports.

    I don’t see how that will stop a developer from purchasing his or her own app, perhaps even repeatedly, and then give it a glowing review. Some developers won’t mind pumping some “marketing funds” into their product reviews.

  4. It’s about freaking time.

    I think they should also include some kind of time limit where you have to have used the app for an hour or whatever before you can actually write a review. I hate reviews like “I just downloaded it, and I’m excited to use it”, etc.

  5. P.S. Remember, some developers were initially cheating the system to get top ranking in the App listing as well.

    Whatever it takes?

    (Especially since, one the low, scrappy end, there are multiple tip calculators, weather guides, dictionaries, fake lighters and white noise generators.)

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