The App Store on the iPhone is bordering on useless for discovering content. I mostly discover new apps outside of the App Store—friends show me apps on their phones, or I read about them on the web. Almost every time I’ve tried to find new apps by browsing the App Store, I have failed. For example, try searching for apps that help you keep track of your running. How many useless apps do you have to wade through until you find, say, the excellent Kinetic? Try searching for a Wikipedia client. Where’s Articles?
It is an unfortunate fact that even «Pirate App Stores» for jailbroken iPhones provide a better user experience than the official iPhone App Store, simply because people don’t want to pirate crappy apps, and thus don’t clutter up their stores with them.1 Apple is doing such a poor job keeping the bad apps out of their store that even software pirates are doing it better. That’s not good. You fight piracy by providing a better experience, not by providing a worse experience and asking people to pay for it.
Why are there so many bad apps in the iPhone App Store? (more…)