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i think a big thing we'll still be grappling with years from now was how we spent years uncritically absorbing content via recommendation engines and algorithms and how so many of the choices we thought were our own were really driven by this kind of stuff https://t.co/FKQQk0jRFf— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) September 9, 2019
Great piece by the New York Times showcasing Apple leveraging its control of the App Store to punish Spotify in favor of Apple Music. Also loved the interactive elements of this piece. All around fantastic investigative journalism. https://t.co/4nrHmNohdV— Sachin Rekhi (@sachinrekhi) September 9, 2019
Nine times out of ten I feel like fancy animated story graphics are gratuitous journalism awards fodder but this one is great and damning. I think it’s because you know how much you scroll and you’re thinking “I would never have scrolled this far” https://t.co/khJ9UdlA43— Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) September 9, 2019
Speaking of unfairness around Google’s ad/search situation, check out this damning piece on Apple’s nasty practice of stacking the App Store deck in their favor. The part about tanking Spotify is mind blowing. This is what absolute power leads to —> https://t.co/eY0DAQDGIS— Jason Fried (@jasonfried) September 9, 2019
Really interesting analysis of how Apple's own apps have sometimes dominated the App Store, even when they're not related to what people searched for.— Louise Matsakis (@lmatsakis) September 9, 2019
Crazy that Stitcher, a major podcast company, doesn't even rank in App Store search results!!! https://t.co/VedkS1ge40
“There’s nothing about the way we run search in the App Store that’s designed or intended to drive Apple’s downloads of our own apps,”— Pui-Wing Tam (@puiwingtam) September 9, 2019
Apple's Phil Schiller said. “We’ll present results based on what we think the user wants.”@jacknicas @collinskeithhttps://t.co/AuKs0QbAId
The App Store search results are some of the most fought over real estate in the digital economy. In that fight, Apple is the lone referee -- and one of the biggest competitors.— Jack Nicas (@jacknicas) September 9, 2019
How Apple controls the App Store is now at the heart of antitrust complaints in the U.S. and Europe.
Before Apple Music was launched, Spotify came up first when you typed "music" in the app store.— Nathaniel Popper (@nathanielpopper) September 9, 2019
After the launch, Spotify dropped to 23rd.
After Spotify complained to regulators it climbed up again.
Damning stuff from @jacknicas + @collinskeith https://t.co/WWaqQ88qAI
Apple says the rankings merely reflect what customers were hoping to find.— Nathaniel Popper (@nathanielpopper) September 9, 2019
Why do I doubt that Spotify was 23rd on the list of music apps that customers were looking to find in 2018?
The executives said Apple turned that feature off in July so Apple apps would no longer look favored. Many Apple apps dropped as a result.— Jack Nicas (@jacknicas) September 9, 2019
But they denied there had been a problem that needed fixing.
“It’s not corrected,” Mr. Schiller said.
“It’s improved,” said Mr. Cue.
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Excellent analysis by the NYTimes showing how Apple dominated App Store search results with its own products: https://t.co/rC0dyNXvA0 I really, really hope they consider doing the same for Google (esp. in realms like video search, jobs, events, maps, etc). pic.twitter.com/ZlDVSnIjcS— Rand Fishkin (@randfish) September 9, 2019
Apple has been busted placing their less relevant products above competing products in App Store search results.— Dare Obasanjo (@Carnage4Life) September 9, 2019
Google was fined $2.7B by the EU for doing something similar in Google Shopping. Lucky for Apple they haven't been declared a monopoly. https://t.co/eQRpGts0Wy
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