Monday, November 5, 2018

Dan Frakes Goes to Apple as Mac App Store Editor

Dan Frakes:

Some job news (thread): After 4(!) amazing years at @wirecutter, I’m leaving for a new editorial position at Apple (Mac App Store Editor!) focused on helping Mac users discover and get more out of great Mac apps. (It’s like Mac Gems redux :) )

John Gruber:

And on a personal level, this trend is not good for me, because I can’t link to App Store articles, because they’re not on the web. They only exist within the App Store apps. I can’t link to some of the best pieces being written these days about indie iOS and Macs apps — and that’s a little weird. And none of these pieces are archived publicly.

The Mac App Store app itself feels locked down. There’s a steady stream of new content in it, but as far as I know there’s no RSS feed or mailing list to find out about it. You can read the content in the app, but you can’t export or print it to read it elsewhere or save it. You can’t even select the text to copy an excerpt.

Meanwhile, the full collection of apps seems to only be available via search. Only the top sellers in each category are listed. It feels like Apple is hiding away both the content (which I agree is good) and the apps.

Previously: Is There Hope for the Mac App Store?.

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Good content? Advertorials … It’s definitely not journalism.

Advertorials are OK if they're finding best in class.

But I agree the end of the affiliate program made reviews more problematic. I get that there were big farms trying to play with google rankings and so forth along with other forms of fraud from faux clicks. Surely there's something in between though.

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