Apple Threatens Developers Who Mess With App Rankings

Want to get your app in the top of iTunes? Design and good app and market it, but don’t try to work the system to get a higher ranking. If you do, you might get kicked out of iTunes.

In response to the growing number of services that aim to help app developers manipulate  iTunes in order to get higher rankings, Apple is fighting back. In a blog post Apple warned app developers not to get involved in using services that “guarantee top placement in App Store charts.”

Apple explains further on its developer blog: “Even if you are not personally engaged in manipulating App Store chart rankings or user reviews, employing services that do so on your behalf may result in the loss of your Apple Developer Program membership.”

Macworld has more: “For many developers, Apple’s warning, and the fact that it appears to be cracking down on apps that take advantage of these means, is definitely a positive…’There are plenty of developers who work very hard to produce quality apps,’ The Iconfactory’s Craig Hockenberry wrote in an email to Macworld, ‘and we’re all happy to see Apple kick these scammers to the curb.'”

Publish date: February 9, 2012 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT