At the back end of 2012 App Shopper was removed from the App Store. It had been there for months and was by all accounts a popular way to discover new apps and read reviews before downloading. Sadly, Apple took its sweet time finding that it broke the App Store’s own rules and booted it from the store. The particular rule it broke was that it pretty much only did what the App Store already does and didn’t offer any unique features. Something developers are prohibited to do.
Today, it returns as App Shopper Social. It found its way back to iTunes after making social discovery the main feature. You need to like/follow certain accounts, and your friends to get a better experience.
From the App Store description:
AppShopper Social lets your share your app interests with your friends and see what apps your friends are interested in.
Some sample friends you can add to your friend list to get you started:
appshopper – popular apps on AppShopper.com
toucharcade – games reviewed by TouchArcade.com
148apps – apps reviewed by 148apps.com
Or add any of your personal friends to see their app interests.
– iPhone 5 Screen support!
– Social Stream: See what apps that your friends are tracking, and share your app interests with your friends.
– Friends List: Maintain a list of AppShopper friends who share your app interests.
– Twitter Integration: Find AppShopper friends you follow from Twitter.
– Wish List: Add any app to your own personal Wish List and get notified of price changes or updates by email or by push notification. Share with your friends!
– My Apps: Keep track of the apps you already own. With Push Notifications, you can get the latest updates sent directly to your device.
– Syncs with AppShopper.com: Wish List and My Apps automatically sync with AppShopper.com so you can manage your lists in a web browser.
Version 1.o landed today and can be downloaded for free. The developers have promised to add more features soon, but, in the meant time, check it out and let us know what you think. Do apps like these help you to make purchase decisions, or do you find the App Store on its own does an adequate job?