Apple Cracking Down on Apps That Incentivize Ad Watching, Offer Music Downloads

Apple Cracking Down on Apps That Incentivize Ad Watching, Offer Music Downloads

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Apple has begun removing and rejecting apps that download music from third-party file sharing sites. In addition, Apple also seems to be doing the same with ads that incentivize watching ads or sharing content through social media networks.

A search for 'music download' now returns a message inviting users to try iTunes Radio. Swiping to the right reveals other music-streaming apps like Spotify. Previously, searching for music download apps would result in apps that could download 'free' Audio files from third-party file hosting sites. Apple has reportedly asked developers to "remove audio downloading functionalities from their app."

In areas where iTunes Radio is not available, you can still see those apps that illegally download from YouTube and other sites.

Another report from TechCrunch claims that Apple is also doing the same with apps that encourage users to watch/download certain apps in exchange for rewards. While this has always been against Apple's App Store guidelines, it seems they are finally enforcing it.

It is possible Apple is removing some of these apps in an effort towards cleaning up the App Store
ahead of iOS 8's launch which feature an improved store featuring a better search, an Explore feature, App bundles, and more.

via MacRumors

Apple Cracking Down on Apps That Incentivize Ad Watching, Offer Music Downloads
Apple Cracking Down on Apps That Incentivize Ad Watching, Offer Music Downloads
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JoshvanHulst - June 12, 2014 at 8:52pm
I hope that stupid ads can disappear! It's like very app is not incorporating this technic
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Nat - June 11, 2014 at 1:44am
They'll come back the right way like flappy bird.
Nat - June 12, 2014 at 8:54pm
Joking btw.
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