Originally Posted by addabox
And it doesn't help that the front page on any given genre is always larded up with impossible to parse categories like "new and notable" or "what's hot" or "staff favorites" or "stuff our algorithms thought would appeal to you" or even, I noticed, "apps from the TV commercials."
The whole iTunes Store system (and not just the App Store) is heavily skewed toward impulse buys and marketing, at the expense of coherent browsing.
Maybe that works for music (doesn't please me, but whatever), but for apps it's crazy making. And it reinforces the idea that apps, on the iPhone, are just an extension of the tweener music buying mindset, things you buy on a whim or because your friends bought it or some corporation convinced you needed it, to be used for a day or two and tossed when the next glittering thing that catches your eye comes along.
Maybe Apple could do some kind of "Pro" store, sans funny noises and beer and cute animation apps, with useful categories and an uncluttered main page.
Mainly an uncluttered main page. The iTunes Store has evolved into some kind of hyper-caffeinated carnival slash cheesy five and dime. Just a little peace and quiet would be so very welcome.
I wonder if they have a decent knowledge of who is buying the apps. I also wonder if they have a decent amount of information on who is buying which apps.
I suppose they would have to beef up their staff for the app store in order to get the ability to look at an app to categorize it properly. Some apps seem to be in the wrong place, and of course, too many apps are in several places.
It would be good if the had this on some database with enough meaningful fields for us to type in a category, or several, and have those apps come up.
Even when i've seen an app, I can't always easily find it again.
I don't mind the "staff favorites" and such. Lots of people like that kind of thing. I often look through the selections. But it's the regular categories that have problems.
We need to have an alphabetical choice, a last in choice as now, a specific category choice, etc.
We'll be seeing 50,000 apps before too long. in another year, we'll see 100,000. a lot of that will be books, but even without that, there will be 60,000 actual apps.
No way to search that, considering that we often aren't even sure if we want something until we see it.