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Immoral Developer Behavior Threatens App Store’s Integrity

A few App Store developers have apparently discovered a highly unethical loop hole to shoot their apps straight to the top of the list by adding a space, or quotation mark or symbol to the beginning of their product’s name. Jirbo, Inc. has been spotted as a primary offender by inserting a space before all of their game titles to be placed atop of the alphabetical list.

One developer who wished to remain anonymous, states, “As a developer myself with my own game on this list, I am extremely disappointed that these companies have essentially tried to step all over everyone else in order to promote their products, particularly Jirbo, Inc. who decided to put a space in front of all of their games’ titles. I would imagine that as a consumer, these tactics would be equally perturbing as they screw up the integrity of the store.”

This is something that Apple needs to address immediately. Developers that are practicing immoral behavior should be reprimanded in some fashion to ensure that this will not be a prolonged issue.  The integrity of the App Store is at stake here, and action needs to be taken.

via Macenstein.

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4 Comments to “Immoral Developer Behavior Threatens App Store’s Integrity”

o s @ July 13th, 2008 at 9:21 pm
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This has been going on forever… Are we to be led to believe this problem only plagues the App Store? Writers need stories and , boy do they come up with some dumb stories regarding the iPhone. The titles seem to be written by the NY Post.


Sam @ July 13th, 2008 at 11:11 pm
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Are you saying that this story is made up in order to attract iPhone attention? You’re right about this happening all over the place, not just in the App Store, but this one doesn’t seem to be made up.

I mean, the spaces before the app titles are pretty ridiculous. I would like to see how Apple responds to this one.


Chris @ July 14th, 2008 at 2:30 pm
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Even though what Jirbo did is pretty cheap…They are gaining attention…negative attention…but attention none-the-less for a application that would perhaps have gone unnoticed otherwise. Hopefully Apple does find a remedy for this…but until them, expect to see everyone trying to find anyway to get to the top. (Pun intended).


Hegre @ July 14th, 2008 at 2:35 pm
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I agree with you. No publicity is bad publicity, but Apple really needs to ensure that every developer is on an even playing field.