Originally Posted by anonymouse
People are temporarily dazzled becaue they've never experienced a magazine on the iPad before. Once someone else shows them what can be done, they'll quickly realize that Wired is nothing special.
Originally Posted by Onhka
This is the place to get the truth?
Dumbest answer I have heard yet. Real dumb!
This is a "rumor and information" site related to Apple products, and users... Hence the name "Apple Insider".
As with any publication, individual articles may or may not reflect the bias and opinions of the author.
The same holds for user comments and discussions in the forums.
A savvy reader will be guided by the philosophy: "Just because you read it in print [the web, or anywhere] doesn't make it true!".
I was taught to examine all sides of every issue, and to look for biases and special interests behind assertions... to separate fact from opinion.
It is especially important to examine both supporting and contradicting positions, while realizing that I, as a reader, bring my own set of biases and opinions to the table.After weighing all that, hopefully, I will form an enlightened opinion, and be better able to determine the real truth... not the truth as I know it or the truth as I want it to be.
Coming to a site like AI, posting questions, and expecting any single posted answer (yours, mine or anyones) to contain the "truth" is naive. What it should provide is: fodder for consideration so that you can determine the truth.
@anonymouse has posted an opinion
in response to a question you posted (below). Because he did not attempt to cite others to back up his opinion as "fact" or "truth" it should be considered opinion
within the framework and context that it was presented... nothing more, nothing less.
As to the Wired ratings in the iTunes store... I can offer my opinion and thoughts based on experience, bias, and skepticism.
1) there are a lot of positive reviews as well as negative ones
2) many of the positive views are simply impressed (awed, dazzled) to see a print magazine faithfully reproduced and available on this exciting new device
3) many of the negative views are related to the high price as compared to the print or the web (free) version
4) some reviews go into more depth explaining why they gave the rating they did
The 2) reviews tend to illustrate and support the opinion offered by @ anonymouse.
I tend to read 2-4 star reviews mostly found in 4) above... to see why people felt strongly enough to post a review, and what formed their opinion.
Now, to reviews/ratings in general and a little healthy skepticism.
As I write this, the US app store shows the Wired app with 860 ratings with almost half, 416, giving a top rating (5 stars)... and an overall 4-star rating, That's pretty good.
But, let's look a little deeper, into what this could mean:
1) at least 860 people bought the app (me, included) because you can't rate if you don't buy.
2) of those 860, 416 gave a 5-star rating.
As I said earlier I tend to give less weight to the 5 and 1-star extremes. and examine the reasons for the other, more moderate ratings.
But, let's just consider the 416... 416 individuals spent $5 (a premium over the print copy) for a single issue of Wired for the iPad. They were wowed, and felt compelled to post a review.
Who are these people? what is their compulsion? To quote one:
14. Simply Amazing! * * * * *
by Baggend - version 1.0 - May 26, 2010
I have seen the future of print journalism, and this is it. Nothing short of amazing. Be sure to check out the perfectly executed orientation switching (particularly on the front cover.)
If you're a magazine publisher, and you don't start stealing ideas left and right from this app, you'd better hope your 401k is ready to pay for an early retirement.
Now, I don't know @ Baggend form Adam, but I find his review interesting:
-- its all about print
-- its all about execution (format?)
-- there is no mention of content
Might this reviewer, be an insider rather than a consumer?
Does Baggend have an agenda?
What I really find odd is: "If you're a magazine publisher, and you don't start stealing ideas..."
Is this a scare tactic?
If I were a magazine publisher, and stole these ideas, what would I do with them?
Who would I go to to execute these ideas for my magazine?
OK, let me assume the role of a total skeptic. In this role, I assert:
-- the 5-star ratings are a fraud!
-- they are either insiders (Print, Advertisers, Adobe, Condé Nast) or bought and paid for
416 * $5 == $2,080... a pittance if you are inclined to buy ratings to support your agenda
But, let's go even further, Say, you pay 416 people $100 each, to spend 15 minutes to write a positive review... That would be $41,600 + $2,080 ~= $43,000 to buy good ratings for the wired app. Who would spend $43,000 to do that? Condé Nast? Adobe? Wired Advertisers? * Apple? Any/all of the above?
* If it pays to advertise, doesn't it follow that: it pays to advertise ads?
Back to reality!
I am not saying this is what happened, but I suspect many of the reviews (pro and con) have a hidden agenda or bias.
And the history of the app store has shown that some of the raters were not consumers... rather people with "skin in the game".
So, Truth? Here? Possibly... but I'd carefully examine assertions, biases, and agendas before making up my mind!
Originally Posted by Onhka
If what you say is true, could you or anybody else explain why the Customer Ratings in the iTunes Store for the WIRED app is so high?
Both the US and Canadian customers give the app and average 4 Stars. The US store shows that 78% of customers rate the app at 3 to 5 stars, while the Canadians is significantly higher at 83%.