I Hate The App Store

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    Its really annoying trying to find stuff to download. You scroll through pages and pages of apps, then click on one to have a look, then go back to the previous apps page and it nearly always takes you right back to the starting apps page. Rubbish.

    Anyone know of a better way to scroll thru apps in a given category?
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    I agree with you, I usually do my searches online for best rated apps then simply search the name in the app store afterward. A real hassle. The app store desperately needs filters such as sort by rating, price, etc rather than only categories (which I find aren't always accurate).
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    Poor baby
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    Yeah, thanks for that. clever
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    use your computer to look for apps.
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    Just keep an eye on sites such as Padgadget, Tuaw, Touch Arcade and Appspy for example. I never bother with the appstore unless its to check out something I've seen recommended.

    What it is good for is updating apps and there it's a winner.
    Just yesterday the icon was flagged with 7 updates. Just entered my password and got on with my life.

    Even Apple I'm sure is aware of the appstore's problems and I expect a reorganisation soon
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    I agree it's annoying
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    Thanks to all (well, most) for the help. This newbie owner is grateful.
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    Ok my turn guys I agree first of all iTunes needs better management I mean personally I love cooking apps yes I am 66 next week and I love to please my partner with the latest recipe. Finding cooking apps is an issue to say the least but I cope.
    Moving on I would I would like to review some facts:
    iTunes began in 2003
    As of feb 2010 10 billion songs down loaded
    Applications 215,000 and growing
    2 billion down loads
    iPad apps around 16,000 ( iPad only) and growing evey day
    Apple controls .the digital market world wide by 75%

    Now I can understand we all have problems with iTunes but think about it... I know Apple will move to make it easier but guys it takes time the growth is massive YES!!!
    I suspect when the new Apple server farm in north Carolina which costs around $ 1 billion dollars and occupies 500,000 sq ft area opens some time late this year or early next year apple will have a whole new way of looking at iTunes. It makes sense as the growth is massive no company and I mean no company wants to make a band aid fix it needs a massive over haul to give you what you want.

    So my advice is be patient the light is at the end of the tunnel but will be will be a long tunnel as i suspect January will be when we see a major change to iTunes.

    Col.Bris Australia...... A crazy Aussie whom has been with Apple since 1978
    Ps no I do not work for Apple however I have been a specialist reseller with apple since 1993. I just wish i had not sold my apple stocks in 2002. Oh well
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    There is simply no easy way to browse 200,000 plus of anything. The only way to do it is by searching. I hate it as well, because I know that I am missing some gems hidden in there..............

    Also, as others said, appshopper, touch arcade...etc... can help.....
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    i thought that i was the only one that hated that setup.

    everyone i know seems to like it, or at least they're not complaining as much as me.
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    iBooks is also modeled on the AppStore and as crappy to use.

    What's the worst out of those two is the time it takes those tiny pages to load. What I'd suggest is first show one page as the result of the search with just the titles. Then show the pretty icons when we ask for a view of one title.
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    yeah, its a love/hate things with the app store. The app store puts everything in one place, manages billing and payments, and handles installation and updates. On other platforms, you went to the developer's web site, bought and downloaded the app from there. For updates, you relied on emails from the developer or you had to check back to the web site. If you have 10-15 apps thats a lot to manage.

    On the other hand, the interface for finding apps is horrible. There's no option to sort by price or rating. I do a lot of the looking on the web. Then, when I find what I want I just go to the app store to get it.
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    There's an app called AppStream for the iPad that shows random apps. I've had it for a day or two now and I've found a few ok apps from it. It's free so it's worth a try.
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    Nice to see that you are still contributing quality posts to this forum.

    To answer the OP, I use appshopper.com and App Advice from the App Store in tandem to find good apps, as has been mentioned I think.
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    I tried it and it lagged as hell, I thought the whole system was going to crash.:D
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    Oh, I haven't experienced that. It runs smoothly on my iPad but I have a lot of free space on my iPad so maybe that helps.
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    I use appshopper too.

    If apple just allowed people to tag apps that would provide another search mechanism and it would put the work on the shoppers. At this point it feels like Apple is being intentionally obtuse.

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