Too many useless apps in the AppStore?

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    I don't know if I lost my sense of humor, but I find that there are too many useless apps in the AppStore...

    Just to name a few:

    Fart apps
    Sound board apps
    Simulated function apps (like finding a cell phone by its number...)
    Joke apps (broken screen, remote farting...)
    Apps that do no more than the default apps like Notes, sound recording...
    Shortcut apps to some websites
    Toy apps

    Surely there are other type of apps that could be considered useless but that's what I have in mind for now. Should Apple filter those apps out by setting a policy that would ensure that the app is actually doing something interesting?

    Apple did already some cleaning in the last year, since there seems to be less of those now than when I got my iPhone in 2009.

    What have you found to be completely useless?

    VicoPad addict!
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    What is useless for some is a help for others. It is like medicines, there are some that are useful to a couple of people, but without them, they could die. What is needed is a better method of organization. The iTunes setup was good up to a few thousand, but it has gotten too much for easy searching.
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    There are bound to be some bad/useless ones among the good, but it's not too hard to tell the difference. The reviews in the App Store can be quite helpful, especially the negative reviews which point out shortcomings in apps.

    Have a look at an app called AppAdvice. I have found it very helpful in sorting out the wheat from the chaff.
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    I just got that based on a member here whom I met last weekend! Excellent app!
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    Go into any store and see how many items you actually want.
    No we don't need another potato peeler shaped like a panda, but somewhere someone's going to buy it..........
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    Exactly. Who are we to say what is useless.
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    People, you're missing the point...

    I am not talking about bad apps, or specific domain apps. I'm talking about those apps that just do plain nothing. Like a sound farting machine... Yeah, it can be funny once, but having a bunch of them?

    VicoPad addict!
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    Thanks for the tip...

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    Tbh I never browse the appstore now.
    There are a number of websites who's reviews I respect and I really only purchase by recommendation now.

    Hopefully we should see a major revamp this year as it's almost too bloated to navigate.
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    Apple updated their guidelines last September and have stopped accepting any more "fart apps".

    Apple's App Store Review Guidelines: 'we don't need any more fart apps' -- Engadget
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    Imo there is alot of crap in the appstore... Im sure there apps that have never been downloaded... I usually browse the appstore by looking the top free or top paid apps or apps that have been reviewed by bloggers... Really hard for devs to get my money if i can see their apps in the appstore... And we all know we got no time browsing through 100,000+ apps...


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    Actually there ARE totally useless apps: Look at the variety of "iPad scales". Literally, they advertise themselves as being capable of accurately weighing things small enough to fit on the screen. Of course they don't (to humour it, i tried one such free app....total garbage). The screen works by conductive capacitance. At least one developer acknowledges his app is a JOKE in his app description. His is free. Others are actually making some money, apparently evidenced by the number of people giving sour reviews and asking for their money back.

    I can't wait to read a story about someone whose iPad cracked after stepping on it to get his weight.

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad using iPF
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    I wonder what is the maximum weight that the iPad can "scale"? Remember the WiiFit not going above 250 lbs and overweight people complaining about it? :)

    VicoPad addict!
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    ROFLMAO! Yeah...

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad using iPF
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    You must be a comedian also. I'm always laughing with your comeback links or pix..lmao. Like the bullocks one ;-) humor is good.
    I'm with apple on this one, no more farting apps..lmfao

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    I have not been able to find one for the iPad. Would someone please post a link to it?

    Thanks
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    There are also apps that wouldn't be need under any othe OS (to upload pictures to Picasa for example) and apps that don't do much more than direct you to various URLs (e.g. some banking apps).

    In the smart phone war and upcoming tablet war, I pay little heed to claims about the number of apps available. What really matters it the QUALITY of the dozen or so apps that you are likely to actaully use and perhaps the number of apps to choose from in a specific category (e.g. GPS/Navigation).
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    Here is the web page for the AppAdvice site. In the upper right hand corner is a link to the app, which will take you to its location in the App Store.

    http://appadvice.com/appnn/

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad using iPF
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