Friday, June 18, 2021

AppShopper Shutting Down

Marianne Schultz:

We’ve had a great run, getting our legs under us a few months after the launch of Apple’s App Store in 2008 but it’s not feasible to keep the site up anymore. The largest factor was Apple’s decision to remove apps from its affiliate program back in 2018, which eliminated the largest source of revenue for AppShopper. Additionally, the App Store has changed dramatically over the years, with many developers moving to a free-to-download model and adding in-app purchases, decreasing the need to wait for a price drop in order to try an app, one of AppShopper’s key features.


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I used the site frequently back in the days, basically as a slightly improved wishlist or to discover new apps. It’ll be interesting to observe if sites like AppShopper will come back again after Apple is forced by governments to ease their marketplace policies.

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